In the water, everything is magical: Light bends and refracts, bodies distort, and the rules of gravity disappear. That strange, aquatic reality is the center of Christy Lee Rogers’ photographic universe
Rogers, a native of Hawaii, first discovered her visual style (which is often compared to that of the Baroque painter Caravaggio) photographing a friend in her pool several years ago. She had been working on feature films at the time and said she was looking for a change.
“I wanted to do something very messy. I was bored shooting reality,” she said.
When she looked back on her images from that day, she knew she had come across something significant. Over the next few years, she experimented and refined her technique. Shooting mostly in Hawaii, she tried using different types of pools, flashes, and props underwater. She didn’t release her photos until she felt she had gotten it right. After her first solo show, she decided to devote herself entirely to photography.
“I worked 16 hours a day. I loved it,” she said. “It’s become this obsession of my life.”
Rogers said she starts working just after the sun goes down and usually shoots for four or five hours. Sometimes, when she doesn’t have access to a heated pool, she shoots until her models (usually friends, family members and artistic acquaintances) get too cold. She tends to stand at the side of the pool, shooting down into the depths.
Rogers said she doesn’t have any formal training in photography. She doesn’t use a light meter or alter her images in Photoshop. All of the technical aspects of her photos are determined by eye. But that, Rogers said, is what makes them work.
“I am completely breaking the rules of photography. If you were to see an image in the computer it would say low lighting and it would say things are off,” she said. “A lot of printmakers question me. I say, ‘Don’t worry about it. That’s the way it is.’
Rogers’ attitude toward photography aligns well with the themes in her work.
“I think at the basic core is that search for freedom and that common bond between all of us. We all know we want something more, we know it’s there, and we all feel the pressures of society, of life, so you’re seeing that back-and-forth in the images.”
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I surprised more people haven’t reblogged this. I know a lot of my followers wish it were legalized. Come on people, do you kno how good this would be for our country? Reblog, and get this out there, please.
Talk about something I’m passionate about… The officials against this will tell you the fighting will get worse and gang violence will get worse but they are wrong.
Think back to the turn of the century before alcohol prohibition. There wasn’t a lot of bootlegging or gang or mafia issues were there? And then they prohibited alcohol and suddenly the country was running ramped with bootleggers and mafia boys and speakeasy clubs where they sold the beer and kept it quiet and the corrupt lawmen…. all the violence and corruptness just because it was a federally punishable law prohibiting drinking. Then they repealed it and suddenly the violence and mafia and gang presence decreased drastically, along with illegal operations, right?
It was because they took the power away from the mafia/gangmen by taking their cash crop— alcohol— away from them. They lost their hold over the nation and lost their businesses. There was no more reason to traffic alcohol around and claim territories. The competitions died out and relative peace was restored.
The very same thing could happen on a large scale if we took the power of possession away from the drug lords and dealers. They would lose a huge product and part of their business/purpose and they would lose their power and the violence would go down.
Marijuana could be treated like any other highly profitable crop and no one would have to be afraid from keeping themselves healthy with it by surviving chemo with it or quelling their crippling anxieties or even eating disorders. There are muscular diseases that low THC marijuana can help slow if not cure but because of the federal charges hanging over user’s heads and the public humiliation from those who still believe the stupid ‘Reefer Madness’ kind of propaganda BS and shame them, regardless of the numerous health aids it provides and minimal health risks…
And for those who believe weed is a gateway drug… it may be, but no one can tell me that had they never smoked weed they wouldn’t have tried the harder stuff. That’s already ingrained into you, the need to use altering drugs for that purpose, and a little bit of a downer isn’t going to suddenly make you crave an upper or hallucinogen.
And also, marijuana is not ever under any natural circumstance a hallucinogen unless it’s been laced with something else and that my friends is a security problem. Nor can it kill you from overdose unless it’s been laced. Weed makes you sleepy though so you might fall asleep if you smoke too much…
And as a last reminder… you can still be a productive member of society if you smoke weed. It does not turn you into a psychedelic degenerate mindless asshole unless you were one before. All kinds of productive and intelligent people smoke weed and they’re still that same person, regardless if they do or not. Marijuana does not define you.
Please, followers, even if you don’t agree for whatever reasons you’ve got, pass it on to your followers and give them the chance to change our country for the better.
Wandering in the Woods, Oer-Wout
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