Acclaimed photographer Howard Schatz broke new ground in the 1990s with his books WATER DANCE and POOL LIGHT, two collections of luminous photographs of dancers, some clothed and some nude, all taken underwater. His underwater photography has been called uncanny, lithe and athletic, exquisitely real, and mysterious, and has been widely imitated in ...
Acclaimed photographer Howard Schatz broke new ground in the 1990s with his books WATER DANCE and POOL LIGHT, two collections of luminous photographs of dancers, some clothed and some nude, all taken underwater. His underwater photography has been called uncanny, lithe and athletic, exquisitely real, and mysterious, and has been widely imitated in art and advertising. The dancers seem to transcend time and space to become floating, ethereal objects. Schatz's new underwater photographs are shot in a state-of-the-art, custom-built pool fitted with studio lights and covered with a giant dome to regulate temperature. The results are stunning. His unique images---at once lyrical, fantastic, and palpably real---express the beauty of inspired movement magically free of the restrictions of gravity.
inspiration for artwork. Live models can't achieve these poses - not underwater! Gain from an artist to create your own perspective.
Jul 1, 2010
Howard schatz was captured by the possibilities of under water photography. Most UW photographers are divers that will take shots of coral, marine life and wrecks.
Schatz is a photographer that learned to freedive in order to take stunning images of freediving models in his pool.
His work is very creative and must have taken ages to produce.
Feb 19, 2010
H2O by Howard Schatz is a visually striking collection of photographs. It is published by Bullfinch Press. The quality of the printed page is excellent. Most of the images are in rich color, vibrant but not quite psychedelic. The majority of the models are nude and female and all approach perfection in form. A few pages of introduction and commentary describe the genesis of the visual concepts behind the images. The trial and error process of realizing the photographs is briefly described.
There are photographs incorporating, single models, pairs of models and groups of models. The color photos initially were a little off-putting, as I prefer black and white images of the nude. But as I studied them more closely, I believe the use of color in these photos is essential to the images as the conversion to b&w images would diminish their impact and meaning.
The collaboration between the photographer and models in these photographs must have been phenomenal! There are remarkable images which seem to capture movement/change and something permanent simultaneously.
To me, it seems as though there are several ideas of comparisons and contrasts run through the collection of photographs such as:
1) The beauty of the fixed form of the body and the beauty of the fluidity of the water which is emphasized by the use of flowing, diaphanous cloth suspended in the water.
2) The perfection of one world (the world of weightlessness in the aqueous world) to another world, with the surface of the water being a window into the other world with similar but altered visual realities.
Included are some examples of images in the same genre which were produced for commercial use (advertising, etc.) Comparison of those images with the non-commercial images is interesting.
I think this book would be a valuable addition to any collection of books of the photography of the nude.
Nov 13, 2008
Excellent, gorgeous book for the coffee table or photography/art enthusiast- professional or amateur. Howard Schatz's creativity and vision are incredible.
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