Well, what a summer ! In July and August I proposed and started shooting the final project for my masters degree. I called it “Light Water Time” and with my BIPP Fellowship panel booked for the 12th September to prepare for and the MA private show and exhibition planned for the 15th September, the pressure was on!But I am pleased to say all goals were achieved and passed ! So now it’s Paul Ives MA FBIPP. The MA show at The Hat Factory, Luton, was great success and below are a couple of shots of the gallery space.
Project Information…..‘Light Water Time’ takes the viewer to an underwater world, a place that covers over seven tenths of our planet. Often we are presented with images of stunning colourful coral reefs and marine biodiversity, however most underwater landscapes are devoid of detail and are in fact dark and murky places where little colour or life is visible.What lies beneath the ocean and bodies of water are a mystery to most of our terrestrial race. But whilst we are drawn instinctively to rivers, lakes and seas for our recreation, we are never far away from the fear associated with deep water, or what may be beneath the surface. These fears are consequentially intensified and manipulated by the media and especially the film industry.My images are about accepting the apparent vacancy of subterranean landscapes and spaces, away from the biodiversity and drama of the usual chosen subjects. Illustrating waterscapes in oceans to flooded quarries, and how these exist in reality, perhaps placating common fears of the unknown or unimagined, in contrast to the way we interpret a terrestrial landscape. But ‘Light Water Time’ also raises questions about timelessness and fragility of these little considered areas.In contrast to the sublime beauty of a coral reef these are still places that man is ultimately responsible for and can abuse, conserve or ignore !