Being underwater is a state of buoyancy, fluidity and weightlessness. Unlike the open sea, water in a pool offers an ambiguous spatial depth with a color range from indigo to cerulean. The figures in these images emerge from the blue field surrounded by fabric and tulle. The color blue is a mindset for me, it speaks of desire, daydreams, blue gestures and blue thoughts. In this state of being submerged, we are brought to a place of sensory awareness and uncertain reality. Light, reflections and the confusion of materials and figure produce a world both mysterious and defined by light.
The images were made in various pools in Akumal Mexico and Dallas Texas. I use a high resolution digital camera in a special underwater housing. The finished images are ‘straight’, unmanipulated photographs.
The photographs are produced as archival pigment prints on Hahnemuhle William Turner paper, in limited editions.
Kenda North, 2013
Craighead Green Gallery
1011 Dragon Street
Dallas, Texas 75207