“Although all life comes to an end, the end is at the same time a beginning of the transition into something new. Small plants that exist by our side and we hardly take notice of also contain within themselves the majestic nature, and revolve their life force just the same. They are filled with a variety of expressions and dynamism that cannot be seen with the naked eye, and allow you to sense the mystery of the formation of life.”
In her personal beautiful project of children’s still life portraits called ‘Marine Life‘, Dutch photographer Shemara has caught a whole array of their honest expressions, pose and gestures leaving no question what they think about the sea creatures. As she has mentioned on her site “You cannot force them and you have to catch the moment that they give you”. The series was created in 2014 when her son was 5 years old and all the children are his friends at the same age. Shemara explained that she had let them to choose on their own what to hold in their hands and then photographed them with their choice.
The photographs were inspired by the words of the pioneering Italian actress Eleonora Duse – “away from the stage I do not exist”.
What is it about these words that made such an impression to the Norwegian photographer? “I could see everything right away, a story of an actress who started to disappear when no one was looking. Even though the quote is almost a century old, it’s so current. Sadly, I think many people can relate to that in our time.”
Eleonora worked at the international theater stage alongside Sara Bernhardt in the early 20th century but in contrast to Bernhardt’s outgoing personality, Duse was introverted and private, rarely giving interviews.
Aaron Ansarov’s colouful and vibrant series ‘Portuguese Man of War‘ is his tribute to these delicate, fascinating, complex and quite dangerous marine creatures. His kaleidoscopic images inspire the imagination seeing different interpretations like aliens, demons, angels…
Aaron Ansarov -Portuguese Man of War
Due to its outward appearance Portuguese Man of War would likely be mistaken for a jellyfish but it’s not. Actually it’s not even an “it,” but a “they”. Unlike jellyfish it is not a single multicellular organism, but a colonial one made up of specialized individual animals of the same species working together. The most interesting fact is that its venomous tentacles can deliver a painful sting, which can be fatal.
“How can something responsible for thousands of stings around the world each year be so beautiful? It is not my place to save these creatures, but I feel I am doing them a great service by giving them a beautiful voice and legacy that will last.”
Take a close-up look at Aaron Ansarov’s ‘Portuguese Man of War’ in this short video created by National Geographic.
“My project consists of inserting some primates – they share with humans up to almost 99% of the DNA-in safety capsules that will regenerate a form of primordial life, a future day, after the extinction of the breed human.”