AwareNow: Issue 16: The Mayday Edition

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTY LEE ROGERS

THE NEW HUMANITY

UNDERWATER EXPRESSIONS OF THE HUMAN CONDITION Christy Lee Rogers is an International underwater artist from Hawaii. In 2019 she was selected as Open Photographer of the Year for the Sony World Photography Awards. She is a two time finalist for the Contemporary Talents Award from the Fondation François Schneider in France, and has been commissioned by Apple to create underwater images with the iPhone 11Pro, as well as being featured in one of their behind-the-scenes process films. The Independent of London compared her underwater photography to the works of Caravaggio, Delacroix, Rubens and Titian. CNN mentions "Rogers is changing the way water is used in photography to create images that can easily be mistaken for paintings and that push the boundaries of reality."

Allié: Through underwater photography, with incredible artistry you capture rich hues and saturated tones with figures and fabric that seem to be weightless defying gravity and all rules in general. What first inspired you to explore this dramatic medium?

Christy: Growing up in Hawaii, I always felt so alive in water. Needing that feeling of beauty and tranquility first inspired my experimentations with it as an artistic tool about 20 years ago. Every molecule of life on this planet is connected by water. It means life here. I saw that I could use this to represent the emotions I had brewing in me. Water representing purity and creation; and the human body free from gravity but trapped by the very thing that brought it life. And from that moment water became my tool of choice to express the essence of mankind, with these same beautiful dichotomies. There is mystery and magic under water. It’s an undiscovered world beneath the surface. So, of course, I wanted to create there all the time because anything is possible. All you have to do is dream it up. That’s the way life should be.

‘JUSTICE LIBERTY & PEACE’

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