Join 3,425 readers in helping fund MetaFilter (Hide)


Underwater Baroque
October 15, 2012 11:43 AM   Subscribe

Christy Lee Rogers creates Baroque painting-like photographs in camera by shooting brightly clothed people underwater.

Hat tip to Kottke.org for this.
posted by xingcat (33 comments total) 43 users marked this as a favorite

 
Gorgeous.
posted by phaedon at 11:52 AM on October 15, 2012


These are very striking, although they look to me quite a bit more like people photographed underwater than like Baroque paintings.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 11:53 AM on October 15, 2012 [10 favorites]


They look like underwater Baroque people! Gorgeous, underwater Baroque people.
posted by rtha at 12:04 PM on October 15, 2012 [6 favorites]


I see it! These are great!
posted by grobstein at 12:04 PM on October 15, 2012


Awesome. They look like Baroque paintings photographed underwater.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 12:06 PM on October 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


I see what he means by Baroque: they do have that dramatic chiaroscuro. On the other hand, with Caravaggio's paintings one never had to worry about models getting entangled in the garments and drowning.
posted by Nomyte at 12:06 PM on October 15, 2012 [2 favorites]


I do have to question the choice of colors. The bright orange in 2 and 17 is more reminiscent of Michelangelo.
posted by Nomyte at 12:09 PM on October 15, 2012


Really cool! I wish there were more butts but still enjoyable.
posted by Mister_A at 12:14 PM on October 15, 2012 [2 favorites]


Very cool overall. Least effective when there are gimmicky patterns in the clothing.

Fair warning for people at work: a few NSFW moments in the galleries.
posted by aught at 12:14 PM on October 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: I wish there were more butts but still enjoyable.
posted by saturday_morning at 12:15 PM on October 15, 2012 [6 favorites]


That's the most accurate tagline ever.

As for the art, as someone whose greatest fear is drowning, however, they make me weirdly nervous.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 12:19 PM on October 15, 2012


Metafilter: I wish there were more butts.

but not assholes
posted by k5.user at 12:20 PM on October 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


Incredible work. I don't like the photos with a lot of bubbles though. More butts and fewer bubbles, please.
posted by zzazazz at 12:21 PM on October 15, 2012


I like it a lot, but I wish more photographers would self-edit ruthlessly. The good half (or fourth, eighth, sixteenth, ...) of the work suffers when it is displayed next to outtakes. Don't be afraid to have a gallery of 5 really good images.
posted by scose at 12:26 PM on October 15, 2012 [9 favorites]


Beautiful. It took me a while to realize they're being shot from above.
posted by orme at 12:27 PM on October 15, 2012


(But still enjoyable! Yeah, that's Metafilter all right...)
posted by nebulawindphone at 12:27 PM on October 15, 2012


Lovely! I'd seen this one photo a few weeks ago on Tumblr without any credits and it made me sad to not know who created it. Thanks for sharing!
posted by mlo at 12:38 PM on October 15, 2012


Could be dangerous, hanging on a wall. See, it's not exactly solid. If you look closely, it changes. If you turn away, it changes some more. You never know what you might see in pictures like these. But that's why there needs to be more, so each person has a better chance to find what they are looking for. But some poor soul might come along in a soft state of mind, and get totally imped by some chance swirl of color. It's dangerous!
posted by Goofyy at 1:08 PM on October 15, 2012


Reckless Unbound and Time Traveler are great.
posted by bearwife at 1:08 PM on October 15, 2012


I gotta say more Francis Bacon-ish, really. Maybe through a Turner filter.
posted by Thorzdad at 1:13 PM on October 15, 2012


Interesting, it's similar to the work of painter Sarah Harvey (paintings based on photographs)
posted by Lanark at 1:22 PM on October 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


I found them more disturbing than beautiful--I think because I share a fear of drowning with MCMikeNamara.
posted by agatha_magatha at 1:32 PM on October 15, 2012


It's solid ice, scenes from The Day After Tomorrow - beauty and horror are a matter of context.
posted by stbalbach at 1:33 PM on October 15, 2012


Amazing work, thanks for the post. Any idea of how much a print of one of her pictures cost?
posted by CrazyLemonade at 1:34 PM on October 15, 2012


These are very striking, although they look to me quite a bit more like people photographed underwater than like Baroque paintings.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 11:53 AM on October 15 [7 favorites −] Favorite added! [!]

Yeah. I think the word xingcat was looking for is chiaroscuro. Also, there's some excellent sfumato being created with the waves of the water, especially in this one. I much prefer the darker shots to the lighter shots. But all round absolutely fucking fantastic.
posted by FirstMateKate at 1:54 PM on October 15, 2012


And kudos to a photography site with next/previous buttons that do not jump when the image is changed.
posted by hexatron at 2:11 PM on October 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


Fantastic work. She's got an exhibition coming up in November in Los Angeles.
posted by homunculus at 2:16 PM on October 15, 2012


I thought the Baroque reference was supposed to be the swelling banners and robes you find in El Greco and the like. Angels, gods, and so on tend to wear them.

Aeneas' Flight from Troy

The Assumption of the Virgin

Hippomenes and Atalanta

The Triumph of David

Atropos

Fantastic Vision

I'm sure an art historian could find better examples. A lot of these aren't even Baroque.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 3:29 PM on October 15, 2012


Some interesting shots but I agree with scose on the self-editing. Three or four presented large and well-framed would be amazing. Twenty, however, where some have more water texture than composition, causes the art to be, shall we say, diluted.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 5:25 PM on October 15, 2012


Beautiful photos. I know a photographer in Key West who does some pretty cool underwater shoots (the ones with pool lights are my favorites). But they don't have quite the ambition of these pieces.
posted by nthorn at 6:28 PM on October 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


Gerhard Richter has done something similar but in oils.
posted by Kiwi at 12:41 AM on October 16, 2012


Birth: Photos by Maite Guerrero
posted by homunculus at 12:27 PM on October 21, 2012


Underwater Dogs, A Book of Dogs Fetching Things Underwater by Photographer Seth Casteel
posted by homunculus at 12:55 PM on October 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


« Older Although the heading is a little bucket-listy, I f...  |  During the Golden Age of Holly... Newer »


This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments