We have a mind blowing feature for you today by Ilse Moore, owner of Gingerale Photogaphy. While her underwater photography often involves commercial, bridal and fashion shoots, her conceptual work speaks of a subconscious denial of reality. Ilse Moore says: “I believe that photography as a medium lends a kind of realism to these ‘fantasies’, allowing it to exist in closer relationship to the viewer.”
Tell us more about your creative and unique work
Regardless of who or what I’m shooting, there remains very little control underwater. I can always expect something magical to happen, not only due to the weightlessness and freedom, but it feels like being in another world where I have my own creative playground. It is very challenging, but I find it extremely exciting at the same time due to the unpredictability. I can manipulate any particular set to achieve what I initially envisioned, but the unplanned visuals that happen under the surface often determine the direction I take the shoot as it constantly changes and forms new meanings. I wouldn’t like to remove this aspect of my shooting, the surprise of the change appeals too much to me.
When I was busy with my Visual Arts degree, I worked a lot with the concept of flight, which more and more made me consider going underwater with my shoots. Water is symbolic of so many things including life, transformation and change, so with that being very much in line with the concepts I was working on, I decided to start experimenting underwater. I immediately fell in love with it and now can’t wait to get underwater between other shoots. Sean has been a great help in building all my lighting rigs and usually acts as my general assistant during these shoots. We’ve also been very fortunate to work with some amazing South African and international designers, models, artists and magazine editors.
Underwater models: Elsa Bleda, Elne Pretorius
Designers: Joel Janse van Vuuren
www.ilsemoorephotography.blogspot.com (latest art and underwater work)
www.gingeralephotography.blogspot.com (wedding and lifestyle photography)