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BEHIND THE SCENES WITH UNDERWATER ARTIST CHRISTY LEE ROGERS

THIS IS A PERSONAL LOOK INTO UNDERWATER ARTIST CHRISTY LEE ROGERS' PROCESS, BEHIND THE SCENES & EMOTIONAL INTRICACIES.

“I’m always trying to find the solutions to existence and pushing toward more freedoms for myself and the world.”

Allié: I can’t imagine the complexity of the mechanics and logistics of your underwater shoots. Can you walk us through the process? How long does a shoot take? What is the most difficult part?

Christy: For me the  creative process is always raw and experimental. I live it everyday. This is what allows me to explore new frontiers and to make the necessary  mistakes  that will lead to something  beautiful. It starts with notebooks that I keep throughout the year of ideas, inspirations and thoughts. I’m always trying to find the solutions to existence and pushing toward more freedoms for myself and the world. So this plays a part in the process. I truly  believe  that mankind is so angelic underneath all of the junk that  weighs  us down. The most difficult part is finding a way to express that visually.  How do I show you that in a single image? A collection of images will take about a year from concept to fruition. Costumes, props and fabrics are gathered or made as the concept is coming together, like building a sculpture very slowly. One piece builds on the other. There’s a point where everything feels right and that’s when I plan the actual shoot. Shooting may only be for four days, but it feels like an eternity, as there’s so much work behind it. From there the post production process may take 6 months. I like to breathe with the images and let them soak in. 9

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