Laura Emerson

Title: Blue Planet

About the Photo:
This series of photographs was taken in the summer of 2019 in the sea near Cannes (the French Riviera), and is part of an ongoing project over the last 4 years to capture the silky smoothness of surface flows and the bare, and powerful, beauty of the sea. I am fascinated by the Big Blue of the Mediterranean, both above the water and below. These images are the product of tens of hours spent shooting in the water, as these shots – perfectly composed straight off the camera – depend on a variety of conditions and are rare to get. Here, the varying tones of blue captured by the camera reveal smooth and silky flows, reminiscent of billowing fabric, that are invisible to the naked eye. This results in near-abstract and minimalistic qualities that focus the attention on the raw power of the element with dramatic effect.