Vanitas: Photos by Alexander James
Still life scenes meticulously created in huge dark tanks of water then photographed.
This series revisits the work of the 17th Century Dutch Masters using period props, food and real insects including butterflies that I breed myself. Each carefully staged underwater scene is captured in-camera, using subtle distortions of light and movement from the water's own wave energy to create a unique and painterly effect without either traditional or digital post-production. The subjects appear to be floating in a black space which neither interferes nor disrupts the subject matter but interacts with it within this void to offer a serene and dreamlike sensation.