The luminous, baroque images created by Christy Lee Rogers are achieved by photographing through water at night ‘looking in and using the surface of a pool as a canvas, utilising natural
effects like the refraction of light with movement to bend reality, and shooting at night so that I can really control my light’. This undoctored image, titled Harmony, is part of her Muses
collection, and is a contender in the Open category of the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards, which is judged on a single shot. She works in Hawaii, where a typical shoot will last around
four hours with her models diving for about 30 seconds at a time, their clothes billowing beneath the surface as Rogers works at the side of the pool. The artistic effect has been likened
to the chiaroscuro of Caravaggio and the fluidity of Delacroix’s brushwork. The science can be explained through hydrodynamics and the laws described by Maxwell, Fresnel and Snell,
but is it too fanciful to link the grace of Rogers’ images with the fact that light travels slower in water than in air? For details of the Sony World Photography Awards visit worldphoto.org.
For more images from the Muses collection go to www.christyleerogers.com