A sequence of ten large-scale photos elaborately constructed underwater by Melbourne-based photographer Lilli Waters. That includes shells, fish, flowers, and the feminine kind, “Orpheus” presents a darkish waterscape that feels other-worldly. The venture is an exploration of the human situation — hope and despair, social and environmental consciousness — by way of dramatic photos of ladies amidst haunting landscapes. Whereas such a mix might seem to reiterate standard idealizations of ladies’s our bodies or their romanticized connection to the pure world, Waters’ encourages a vital gaze. Her intention is to grapple with the very problem of being in a lady’s pores and skin: of navigating one’s bodily company in a society that continuously objectifies you. A society that equally wreaks irrevocable harm to the shared surroundings as nicely.
“We live by way of an age the place our lens on the world should continuously shift and refocus as new concepts, crises, social actions and the pure surroundings quickly modifications. A degree of poetic consciousness is required to navigate this new world and at occasions hopeless panorama. Orpheus was a poet, a prophet and a musician in Greek mythology who on the finish of his life worshipped no god however the solar. For these photos, I wished Orpheus to be a lady who’s glistening oracle-like, asleep on a darkish sandscape. The viewer is invited to embrace their very own mortality and power for change concurrently. To dare to be one’s personal illumination—like a transient level of sunshine in an evening sky.”
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