Fotografu taħt l-ilma li ma jixxarrabx

Bidu (Christy Lee Rogers)
Bidu (Christy Lee Rogers)

L-immaġini distintivi maħluqa minn CHRISTY LEE ROGERS rebħu l-fama tagħha fid-dinja tal-arti, iżda t-teknika ta’ taħt l-ilma li teħtieġ li dan il-fotografu Amerikan jibqa’ għoli u niexef seħħet b’inċident. Hija tispjega l-metodi tagħha lil STEVE WEINMAN

It-taħriġ formali biex tesplora d-dinja taħt l-ilma bilkemm deher meħtieġ għat-tfal li jikbru fil-Hawaii, tgħid Christy Lee Rogers. Kienet waħda minn dawk it-tfal.

“I grew up in the water – I was a surfer and a boogie-boarder, and I would do kinda crazy things,” she says. “There’d be a lava tube with rock everywhere leading out into the ocean, and I’d dive down while the waves were coming in so that they sucked you out into the sea.

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So I’m used to being crushed by waves, where you don’t know which way is up and which way is down.”

immaġni taħt l-ilma
Moonlight Serenade (Christy Lee Rogers)

Sit favorit kien grotta ta’ gżira ħdejn id-dar tat-tfulija tagħha f’Oahu. "Hemm ftit arja, dawn il-ħlejjaq kollha fuq il-ħitan u mbagħad jidħlu l-mewġ u jimlew dik it-toqba u int xi ftit trid timxiha u terġa' toħroġ bl-ilma." 

L-isnorkelling deher ħelu u fir-rigward tal-freediving tgħid – b’mod sorprendenti – “Qatt ma stajt inżomm in-nifs għal żmien twil ħafna!” 

“Kont immur nogħdos bit-tankijiet imma tgħallimt minn sħabi – kienu joħorġuni fuq dgħajsa u jagħtuni ftit lezzjoni u mbagħad konna ninżlu 60 pied u madwar il-bażi tal-gżira sa fejn kienu jafu dan. tiger shark kien. Sħabi kienu jkunu qed jistadu bil-lanza u kien ikun hemm demm fl-ilma u kien biss miġnun!”

L-ossessjoni ta’ Christy għall-ilma qatt ma ħallietha, għalkemm sabet suċċess b’insegwiment li jeħtieġ li tibqa’ ’l bogħod minnha. 

(Christy Lee Rogers)
Christy Lee Rogers

Based in Nashville, she is described as an underwater photographer but one with a distinctive fine-art style.

This hinges on the twilight zone between her submerged models and her topside camera, with the refracted light at their interface helping to create the extraordinary effects that attract buyers around the world. 

A number of underwater photography competitions include categories for images that feature human models, but Christy’s work is different.

It has been scooping up awards since 2011, and it commands high prices. Limited-edition prints range from £3,000 up to £28,000, while her one-off works can fetch anything from £50,000 up into six-figure territory. As underwater photography goes, that’s stellar.

Her work can be found in private and public collections, glossy magazines and the walls of stately homes. She created an album cover for Wang Chung, a calendar cover for Lavazza and saw off 274,000 other entries to become Open Photographer of the Year at the Sony World Photography Awards.

Apple commissioned her to create images to show what the iPhone 11Pro could do under water.

(Christy Lee Rogers)
Luminexxenza (Christy Lee Rogers)

“Tkissir il-konvenzjonijiet tal-fotografija kontemporanja”, kif tgħid l-iżbokk tagħha ta’ Londra A Gallery , ix-xbihat elaborati ta’ Christy ta’ iġsma umani mdawrin ma’ xulxin fi ħwejjeġ ikkuluriti li jduru jġibu f’moħħhom pitturi barokk ta’ kaptani antiki bħal Rubens jew Poussin. U kollox seħħ b’inċident.

Il-ferħ tar-rifrazzjoni

Għarus ta lil Christy l-ewwel kamera tagħha ta’ 35mm meta kellha 15-il sena. “Imbagħad ħadt klassi tal-fotografija u l-produzzjoni ta’ films, rari ħafna li jkolli fl-iskola sekondarja. Kont nissakkar fil-kamra mudlama nipproduċi dawn l-immaġini kollha, imma kont qed nagħmel ukoll films tas-Super 8, li ngħid li kienet l-ewwel imħabba tiegħi.” 

Not having enjoyed any other subjects, she headed for film school in San Diego. “I lost some of my passion there – it was more about theory, and just so structured.

I was really into experimenting and I was curious, but people would tell me: you can’t do it like this because there’s this rule in film-making. I was like, yeah but it looks good! I was always a little bit of a rule-breaker.

(Christy Lee Rogers)
Leġġenda (Christy Lee Rogers)

“Kont nieħu ritratti barra għal ħafna żmien u naħseb li kont niddejjaq ftit. Jien kont nipprintja munzelli ta’ stampi minn miljun ritratt meħuda bil-kamera diġitali tiegħi, imma xejn qatt ma baqa’ miegħi sakemm, għax inħobb l-ilma, għidt lil waħda mill-mudelli tiegħi: ejja naqbżu fil-pixxina! 

“Dak kien meta bdejt nara kif l-affarijiet kienu qed jitgħawweġ, imma biss meta kont barra mill-ilma. Meta poġġejt il-kamera fl-ilma, li għamilt test b'35mm, ma tantx kienet sabiħa. 

“Mill-wiċċ bdejt nara dawn il-forom u forom kollha u rrealizzajt li hekk stajt noħloq xi ħaġa maġika li tista’ tara biss permezz tal-kamera. Lanqas kont naf li dak iż-żmien kien jissejjaħ rifrazzjoni, jew nifhem il-fiżika warajha.

“Bdejt nimbottaha xi ftit b’dan jew hekk, naġġusta l-kamera u d-dwal tiegħi, insib x’kien jidher tajjeb. Imbagħad sar preċiż ħafna, għax jekk tagħmel wisq tista’ tkun taħwid kbir!”

Fuq ix-xift tal-lejl

(Christy Lee Rogers)
Opra spazjali (Christy Lee Rogers)

Christy would conduct her shoots in pools until way past the midnight hour. “I used these really harsh lights, which I always liked the look of at night. But when some people saw the first images they would say they reminded them of Caravaggio.

I had never really thought of them that way but I am a very dramatic person, very emotional, so that idea went along with what I was creating at the time. 

“Kont għaddejt minn żmien tassew mudlam f’ħajti u hemm punt fejn taħseb ‘Jien se mmut’. Imbagħad indunajt, oh naqra, mhux se mmut, huwa interessanti ħafna li nkompli ngħix. 

“Allura l-messaġġ li bdejt inpoġġi fl-immaġini tiegħi kien ta’ din id-dinja eterea oħra ta’ tama, ta’ dak li hu possibbli. Hija immaġni taħt l-ilma li hija reali teknikament, iżda li teħodna f’qasam ieħor sħiħ.”

Initially Christy’s friends would act as her models and, being Hawaiian, she says they didn’t baulk at being submerged while holding strange positions.

In landlocked Nashville she tends to hire actors, models or dancers – “I do like using different people and experiencing things differently” – and acknowledges that what she asks of them can take a bit of getting used to. 

(Christy Lee Rogers)
Illuminazzjoni (Christy Lee Rogers)

“Sempliċement bil-wieqfa fl-ilma huwa kbir, imma malli tibda timxi ta’ taħt fuq u ġġib dak l-ilma f’imnieħrek huwa skill-set ieħor sħiħ li jidħol! 

“A lot of the photographs I took early on were of myself, so I know exactly what it’s like to be down there and have to hold your breath for a long time and try to look beautiful.

Divers and other people used to being in the water know how to do it, but there’s a lot of experimentation, doing it over and over, teaching the models how to be comfortable. We have to go through the pain.

“Is-soltu nagħżel nies li jħobbu jimbuttaw il-limiti. Iridu jiksbuha, ma jaqtgħux qalbhom u nista' nħoss l-enerġija tagħhom. Meta jkunu lesti jistgħu jħossuhom eżawriti iżda wkoll iħossuhom imsaħħa – speċjalment meta jaraw l-immaġini.”

(Christy Lee Rogers)
Riflessjoni (Christy Lee Rogers)

Several deep breaths, exhale, submerge, expel any bubbles and hold. “They need to get rid of the air or they’ll start to go upside-down, and the water wants to suck into your nose, so it has to be very precise.

Once they learn to let go, they know that if they don’t suck in that water it will just sit in the nostrils. It’s going to be uncomfortable and feel weird, but then you come up and blow it straight out.”

The models are rarely under water for more than a minute at a time so there’s no question of extreme breath-holds, but the nocturnal sessions can last up to six hours at a time, with everyone left feeling wiped out by 1am.

“But when you do two nights of shooting, on the second night you’re going to be so much better now you’ve already gone through all the mistakes.”

(Christy Lee Rogers)
Tjur Blu (Christy Lee Rogers)

Once submerged, the models drop into pre-arranged patterns. “Then they come back up and I re-adjust – OK, this is working, that’s not working – and attend to any problems.

We’re just going up and down, up and down constantly. I’m open to working at it, because I feel something new comes out of each experience. 

“I’m not using this big flash unit, I’m trying to get that painting-like feeling, so if there’s a lot of movement it can be hard to get the balance right.

“A safety team is on standby for bigger shoots or commissions but usually the images are conjured up in water so shallow that “at any point someone could simply stand up!”

“Fl-aħħar mill-aħħar, il-proċess huwa skomdu u l-ħajja hija skomda,” tgħid Christy, “imma meta timbotta, it-tama u s-sbuħija tiddibu.” 

Għażla tal-kamera

Fir-rigward tal-ħardwer, Christy ilha tuża l-Fuji GFX 100, "li hija kamera mingħajr mera aktar ġdida li tista 'tiġbid immaġni fid-daqs tal-billboard - hija aqwa, għalkemm għandha l-vantaġġi u l-iżvantaġġi tagħha. 

“L-ewwel kollezzjonijiet tiegħi saru b’Canon EOS 5D Mk 3 u xi Canons oħra. Ippruvajt Sony u kameras oħra iżda jogħġobni l-paletta tal-kuluri tal-Canon u għandha t-tendenza li tiċċajpar xi ftit aktar, filwaqt li l-Fuji trid taqbad kollox perfettament. Huwa umoristiku imma din tista’ tkun problema għalija! 

(Christy Lee Rogers)
Ir-Rumanz tal-Umanità bl-Intelliġenza Artifiċjali (Christy Lee Rogers)

“Il-kollezzjoni l-ġdida tiegħi tinġibed mal-Fuji u żgur tista’ tara aktar ċarezza bl-uċuħ, li huwa tajjeb, imma naħseb li meta n-nies jixtru l-arti tiegħi jridu ftit aktar minn dik irtubija u mhux verament jaraw il-wiċċ kompletament. Dan hu li jien magħruf għalih.”

Huwa meħtieġ ħafna xogħol ta' wara l-produzzjoni? “Bdejt b’dak kollu li għadu kif inġibed in camera, u tara ħafna miġnun fl-immaġini. Għandi kollezzjoni waħda msejħa Traskuraġni Mhux marbut [wiri f'Longleat House f'Wiltshire], u verament kienet l-eħfef ġbir biex tinħoloq għax ħallejt lid-dawl biss jonfoħ l-affarijiet. 

“Now, let’s say we’ve got a shot of three bodies and a model’s perfect here but not in this one, I’m open to playing with things.” There can also be a lot of “digital defects“, as opposed to bubbles, depending on the amount of movement.

“Some images I just let it go and others I want it out. Post-production is not my skill, it’s just a tool I can use, and it does take me a hundred times longer to create an image!”

Pools aktar fil-fond u skur

(Christy Lee Rogers)
Flimkien (Christy Lee Rogers)

Christy tibda l-biċċa l-kbira tar-rimjiet b’kunċett sod f’moħħu iżda ssib li dan jista’ jieħu dawriet mhux mistennija. “Fuq waħda kont qed nispara bid-dwal LED, li ma jogħġobnix bħala d-dawl prinċipali tiegħi, għalhekk daħħalt dawn il-flashlights ta’ għadsa taħt l-ilma biex naċċentwa l-kuluri. 

"Kważi kont ikkanċellajt ir-rimja għax ħassejt li ma kellniex biżżejjed dawl imma mbagħad, boom, ikollok dawn il-fqigħ ta' kulur kważi wisq." Dan irriżulta fil-ġabra msejħa Luminixxenza, sparat f'pools aktar profondi u skuri bil-mudelli mixgħula b'mod intens. L-immaġini murija hawn ġejjin minn dik il-kollezzjoni.

Luminexxenza (Christy Lee Rogers)

Christy has long wanted to be able to shoot at any time of day, as the mood takes her, at her Nashville home. “I bought this piece of land in the forest a while ago and built a house on it but the main purpose was to build a pool.

I’ll have all the tools, be able to use different backdrops, different colours and have lights all set up to exactly what I need.” 

Hija se tkompli tispara fil-Hawaii minn żmien għal żmien ukoll, kull meta terġa’ lura tara l-familja tagħha, u terġa’ ssejjaħ lill-ħbieb antiki tagħha bħala mudelli. 

(Christy Lee Rogers)
Lucent One (Christy Lee Rogers)

And now, after all this time shooting from above the surface, it turns out that Christy is thinking of smashing that refractive wall and getting wet again after all. “I think next time I want to go completely under water!” she says.

“Maybe a bit more experimentation with the cameras completely immersed. I have done a little of that with video – and I think I want to dive more into video. 

"Immaġini li jiċċaqalqu huma tassew affaxxinanti u, għalkemm ma jkollokx ir-rifrazzjoni, qed naħseb biex nilgħab aktar bid-dawl."

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Mahmut
Mahmut
9 xhur ilu

ħarġa sabiħa, C.lee Rogers u artikoli oħra interessanti ħafna. Xogħol kbir Steve.

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Christy Lee Rogers
8 xhur ilu

Grazzi Steve b'qalbi kollha ta' dan l-artiklu sabih!!!!

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