Underwater photography of the third kind
In a recent photo series, the Scottish artist and image maker has captured what look like actual aliens, but upon closer look are something much more dismal: rubbish and debris. From a plastic bag to fishermen’s ropes, the images are both beautiful and haunting.
Janeanne actually describes her work as akin to a Rorschach test, a psychological examination where subjects analyse ink blots describing what they see. In a similar way, she believes the photographs come across differently to viewers depending on their mindset at the time of viewing them.
Truly one-of-a-kind, she describes her process as trying to ‘capture something that’s never going to be in the same location, same light, same position, ever again’.
Photographing while freediving, taking one breath only and holding it underwater, is no easy feat. She explains: ‘I have to get to the place, to compose the shot, to manoeuvre myself around it, to get what I need and come back up, all the time focusing on how much air I have got in my body.’
Pollution becomes art
The fact that Janeanne photographs pollution-based components that have made their way into the natural habitat adds a layer of complexity to her images, begging the question of why the waste is in the water and what we can do to change this in the future.
The irony of the rubbish looking so beautiful is of course not lost on the Edinburgh-based artist. ‘People have become quite numb to photos of piles of waste. These images are created to last longer and I want people to have these discussions.’
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