From the first shot, I felt such a strong obligation to faithfully capture the sheer vastness of the panoramic views belonging to a land that truly felt like a different planet. Beaches of smooth polished black sand, an endless landscape of sharp lava rocks covered with a soft bed of thick moss and lakes fed endlessly by a never-ending glacier forming hulking icebergs presented a scenery which looked more like a CGI-ed or Photoshopped backdrop.
As my photographic interests have never been in pure landscape photography but more in contextual portraits, I sought to create a story about fictitious inhabitants of this landscape, taken as epic, surreal snapshots of them appearing naturally within their home, at times unaware of a camera.
In early 2014, after many months of planning, I completed my underwater studio and I started to experiment with Underwater photography. I found the endless possibilities & challenges associated with this new medium addictive and would begin to explore all the variations which it offered. One of the aims was to use the presence of water not as a difficulty which invites compromise compared to photography on dry land but attempt to create images with characteristics that simply could not be done in a conventional shoot.
A series shot in the 11th century St. Bartholomew's Church depicting characters from an unknown and undiscovered fairytale.
A mixture of images relating to the expression of underlying stories and pure concepts I experimented with over the years.
A series of portraits of a Chinese Opera singer unmasked, displaying the underlying expression and beauty beneath the normally heavy makeup.