Duplicity: Photos by Barbara Cole
Photos of figures underwater using the element of reflection to add a painterly and surreal quality to them.
In Duplicity, my fifth underwater series since 2003, I am creating a figurative kaleidoscope using the weightlessness of water and the opposing reflections that are created. Duplicity takes people on a special journey but because the vision is grounded in clarity the viewer can relax and accept the visual pivot. I enjoy bringing an element of the unexpected to my work I continue this tradition by using the element of reflection transforming the strange into otherworldly beauty. While these photographs may feel romantic, they are equally rooted in the tradition of Surrealism. They reboot how one perceives the figure in space. Duplicity engages the viewer in a mental free fall.