VÅD is an exploration of fluidity, motion, love and violence inspired by the photography of Ryan McGinley and music of Sigur Rós and Choir of Young Believers. All of the images featured were captured over the course of a weekend using six models floating, swimming and diving into nine feet of water.
In order to avoid producing traditional “underwater pool photographs,” the models and I shot in areas void of direct sunlight. Capturing the angelic subjects floating on the surface was particularly tricky since I did not have access to diving gear. Instead, I wore goggles and stuffed weights inside of my swimming trunks allowing me to sit at the bottom of the pool only to return when out of breath.
In all, we captured over 5,000 images in 13 hours but many of those did not fit the mood of VÅD so they will be released next year as part of another project I am working on. VÅD as an exhibit was first shown at Pour Vous in Los Angeles, a venue which gave me creative freedom to present my work in the way I saw fit. That included live art installations featuring dances to the songs “Sæglópur” and “Fljotavik” by Sigur Ros. Some of you could not attend our event however, so I have put the images online for review. If interested in purchasing prints, please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.