Egoísta is unique in the Portuguese publishing market having won numerous international awards with regular contributions from some great names in photography, journalism, arts and literature and high profile figures in the areas of politics, culture and religion. Originally conceived by Atelier 004, Egoísta Magazine is part of the communication strategy of the Estoril Sol Casino (Estoril, Lisboa and Póvoa).
The December edition, ‘Sky’ ran a feature on some of my more ethereal underwater work…Their fabulously designed themed editions run quarterly with Patricia Reis as Editor and Henrique Cayatte as Art Director. Henrique is a graphic designer and illustrator, but he’s also a true voice for the visual arts and the founder of one of the most reputable newspapers in the region. And yes, he’s got a strong view on most matters… evidently backed up by facts. I had the pleasure of working with two incredibly professional creatives who refreshingly also have their heart and soul in the game…
Behind the scenes shots from high speed shoot at Action Underwater Studios…with Robin Brigham (lead gaffer), Stuart Keasley (camera) & Adam Parkes, Ela Wlodarczyk (1st assistant & photographer), Neil Blackman (underwater gaffer), Kevin O’Connor (agent), Mandy Morris, Francisco Mouzinho & safety divers..
Underwater image for James Bond Novel, Trigger Mortis.
Gaffer: Robin Brigham, 1st Assistant: Ela Wlodarczyk, Model: Kate Byrne
I’m honoured that images from the ‘Beneath the Surface’ project have been picked this year for the Annual 2016. Underwater Portraits of Ana were awarded the prestigious Platinum award and ‘Veiled’ of Catarina won Silver.
(Click on Full Credits for the team)
Thank you Graphis!
I have long admired the work of the great Guy Bourdin. His quirky anthropomorphic compositions and intricate mise en scene ads left me slightly infatuated with legs.. In particular provocative edgy stilettos (which I’ve personally never worn..) So we experimented with an underwater fashion shoot to try to achieve a certain sassy mood in water..
What intrigued me was the potential context of contrasting the seductive feminine quality with the chaotic and unglamorous setting of a swimming pool..
After a recent immediate connection with a ‘fellow creative’ – Tommy I was inspired by something he said that had never occurred to me : ‘We are all born creative. Life just kicks it out of us – or some of us at least’. After some thought, I realised how wise and accurate what he said was when thinking about of how kids are constantly been imaginative in one way or another.
So along that line of thought, I needed inspiration for a presentation I’m putting together on a project involving art and business and came across some really great quotes by known artists.
Here are some of my favourites:
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” Aristotle
“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.” Oscar Wilde
“The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.” Piet Mondrian
“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” Twyla Tharp
“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” Auguste Rodin
“To be an artist is to believe in life.” Henry Moore
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Edgar Degas
“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.” Frida Kahlo
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Henry David Thoreau
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” Dr Suess
“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” Henry Ward Beecher
By popular request (yes Fiona!).. Isabel from Contemporary Gallery P/Art in Ibiza was kind enough to share some images from the recent exhibition ‘Fantasy and Fairytale‘ which just opened and will run until March 2016.
From what I hear all seems to be going incredibly well…no doubt thanks to the organisational skills and persistence of Isabel and Veronica..Wishing a great Xmas to everyone over there.
Gallery site: http://www.partibiza.com
In a recent conversation with the editor of a New York based magazine, I was asked how and what had initially attracted me to photographing underwater. My instinctive reaction was ‘how can anyone resist…?’
We’ve all felt it at some stage – the harmonising effects on mind and body. Be it in the open ocean or in a quiet moment somewhere alone. Many freedivers describe being underwater as a return to self… Where one calmly looks inside and becomes much less conscious of what is happening around.
Associated with both sea and sky, it can represent freedom, loyalty, intuition, inspiration, and spirit.
Love how an 11th century Chinese scholar described its power:
Recent work shot on location can be viewed at: Faces Underwater