The open air exhibition FLUID
This is the first exhibition we produce and have curated togheter with Zena. The pictures are choosen from a broad range of here many expressions of underwater photography and creation of photo art. It´s also a new way of hanging/laying art for us. As a decoration beside the boardwalk at Bauers Bridge in Jönköping we have place 19 of her work just above the surface so the audiens looks over the edge to se them.
The art & pictures by Zena Holloway
Born in Bahrain in 1973 and raised in London. As an underwater photographer and director, her interest in underwater photography started when she was 18 while working her way around the globe as a scuba diving instructor. Charmed by the magic of the underwater world, she began experimenting with a camera and gradually taught herself the skills needed to master this most technical of photographic techniques.
Her images are striking, instinctive and driven by a deep understanding of her medium. She delivers the remarkable, combining the highly technical aspects of underwater photography with superb creative direction resulting in extraordinary, ethereal and magical imagery evocative of mystical fairytales suspended in time. She has taken underwater photography to entirely new depths.
The Last Mermaids
The Seawoman collection is inspired by the diving women from Jeju Island. A home to an extraordinary community of women who harvest food and riches from the ocean floor, a tradition that can be traced back to the 17th century. They are the haenyeo, or the ‘sea women’ of South Korea. They venture into the waters of the Korea Strait, swimming down to 20 metres without any breathing equipment, braving the dangers of free diving, as they scour the seabed for abalone, octopus, and other seafood. These women hold their breath for around 2 minutes, withstand intense water pressure and frigid temperatures, while struggling to improve their bounty in order to make ends meet.