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At first sight, the gorgeous Chromatics series by Toronto-based photographer Barbara Cole appears to be a beautiful collection of watercolors; however, these are actually photographs. The self-taught artist knows how to achieve this trippy photographic effect impeccably.
Cole manages to make her images look like paintings by capturing her figures underwater. The liquid filter distorts the image, giving it a surreal, abstract touch. Feminine and delicate, this ethereal series is also gracefully complemented by the artist’s use of pastels, which adds a charming touch to the collection. Like an impressionist painting, these photographs make blurry images a fascinating piece of art.
The anonymous, hazy dancers of the underwater shots by Barbara Cole play with viewers’ perceptions and ideas of reality, creating a world submerged in mesmerizing aesthetics.