Catherine Nelson’s underwater project of 3 series – Origins (2014), Unstill Life (2015) and Submerged (2015) – a new magical world below the surface, created as interpretations of collected memories of her own experience about particular moments in nature.
While visiting a backyard pond in Ghent, Belgium, her attention was drawn to the secret universe beneath the water. “Every time I looked into it I saw something. There seemed to be so many compositional options.” And like a goddess she started carefully to construct her imaginary landscapes of aquatic botanicals intertwined like fantastic creatures turned upwards to the sky. These are hundreds of individual photographs digitally stitched in beautiful collages. “It’s kind of limitless. You can move things around until you’re happy. I find that really exciting.”