I held my breath, focused on the people walking around the rim of the swimming pool... and clicked!
Leandro Erlich is an extraordinarily original artist who lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but has exhibited his works in some of the finest modern art museums in the world, including Venice, Paris, New York, Nantes, Istanbul, London, Jerusalem and Tokyo... The visionary 41 year old artist, describes himself as "an architect of the uncertain, who creates spaces with fluid and unstable boundaries."
On my recent visit to Kanazawa, Japan, I saw some of Erlich's works in a permanent exhibition at the "Museum of the 21st Century."
To shoot this clever work of art I was actually walking around on the floor of the swimming pool, completely dry. A layer of water suspended by thick plate glass refracts sunlight, creating the illusion of ripples of water on the walls of the pool. A small group of individuals are seen walking around the rim. In the Workshop, "View from top," the vantage point is completely reversed.
By the time you had read the foregoing note, I'm certain you had already realized that this is an optical illusion created by the ceiling comprised of water.
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Royaldevon (43265) 2014-08-20 0:30
This photograph was very exciting!
It just had to be scrutinised and researched!
The effect is amazing!
You have composed the shot well and shown us colours, images and reflections with which we are all familiar, when in the swimming pool! A wonderful 'underwater' shot, without being under water!
Have a great day,
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-08-20 0:31
Hello Bulent - A fascinating shot! Before I read your note was thinking about the logistics of taking this and how I could never manage to do a similar shot. I am not at my best underwater!
I know nothing about Erlich's work and will now do a trawl to learn more.
This is a marvelous shot, the rippled reflections are beautiful and to compose the shot using a corner of the pool adds an attractive geometric contrast to the fluid organic shapes of the figures.
This is a subject that one can spend hours photographing and something I would love to see and photograph myself.
carlo62 (54854) 2014-08-20 1:38
sicuramente uno scatto originale e curioso.
Splendidi i riflessi e i movimenti dell'acqua, il risultato è veramente bello.
snunney (106393) 2014-08-20 3:41
A most fascinating piece of art, quite out of the ordinary. Your capture does it full justice. Well framed and benefiting from lovely light and colours. Thanks for sharing. I hope you enjoyed a good night's sleep after your late night:-)
holmertz (59006) 2014-08-20 4:28
This is a very intelligent work of art and a smart photo. The effect of the twisted figures and light blue and turquoise tones is mind-blowing. It makes me think of an installation I saw in London several years ago, where the spectators were walking one or two at a time surrounded by black oil reflecting the lights of the room.
lousat (97487) 2014-08-20 4:46
Hi Bulent,i will try the same whit my underwater camera...ehehe...absolutely great this pic,the optical effects are fantastic,and the perspective too,it's nice to see something of different on TE,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
CLODO (35710) 2014-08-20 6:07
really a creative picture as taken from th ebottom of a swimming pool!
cagla (4342) 2014-08-20 6:49
Merhaba Bülent Bey,ilk gördüğümde Nikon kameranıza sualtı kılıfı aldığınızı düşündüm. :) Gerçekten çok ilginç bir yapıt. Bakış açınız da eserin izleyicide bıraktığı etkiyi çok iyi yansıtıyor. Elinize sağlık. Selamlar.
Gerrit (52283) 2014-08-20 6:49
excellent idea and very well performed. I would have liked it even more though if you would have achieved this result the way you described it in the first version.
miumiu (6113) 2014-08-20 7:09
What a fantastic capture and idea!
I like it very much!
Thanks for sharing!
Didi (60590) 2014-08-20 9:05
Salam my friend
I thought you have used a water camera
Very interesting picture a nice abstarct composition
worldcitizen (9348) 2014-08-20 16:37
What a creative photo! If you hadn't explained how it was actually taken, I would have believed that you used an underwater camera. :-) I like surrealism, and this is definitely a surreal composition. The ghostly water figures and watery shadows are lovely. It's nice to find something unexpected and interesting like this.
COSTANTINO (69566) 2014-08-20 21:36
Hello dear friend
at first greetings for your excellent inspiration
your first line describes your action
I held my breath focised on the people
walking around the rim of the swimming pool
great wok great inspiration creating a minimalistic
shot marvelous shot with repeated reflections
have a nice time
jhm (159863) 2014-08-21 5:17
You would really can are, an artist, these picture is nice, certainly when you as second picture the swimming pole, shows on the original way.
Nice depth and perspective picture.
Excellent composition, nice captured and lovely presentation.
Very well done, TFS
Fis2 (106222) 2014-08-21 11:33
Good idea, curious effect.
Excellent frame, colors and sharpness.
Very impressive picture!
InasiaJones (31566) 2014-08-21 12:38
So clever... Your highly interesting note made me discover this inspired artist, spontaneously jumping on Google to explore some of his installations, before coming back to your photo. Thank you for sharing!
I guess that by taking part of the installation, you become a work of art yourself... No great special effect without the people in and out. A realistic result, well rendered and efficiently photographed. Amusing and convincing.
aliabazari (16278) 2014-08-21 20:05
Hi Bulent dear
Beauty shot of the display. Good sharpness and exposure. Nicely done. Thanks for sharing this nice picture
alvaraalto (20314) 2014-08-22 12:43
I could imaging .. You in a diving suit with a special camera in a swimming pool taking this unusual thrilling picture (of course with your hat and your head).
That should be almost as amazing as an artist who create such a fascinating installation.
PS we will mail our pictures this weekend
daddo (27894) 2014-08-22 23:50
And here I was Atalay Efendi thinking that you were exercising your lungs under water, but i should have noticed that the edges were too straight if one considered natural ripples. A glass base would explain it. The illusion was alluring, while it lasted. Selam. Klaudio.
emka (106570) 2014-08-23 0:10
Hellon dear Bulent, Very interesting effect. Amazing underwater picture when you were dry. Great ida and superb realization. I haven't heard about Erlich's works and I haven't seen them in Kanazawa. Very creative picture.
WArm regrads MAlgo
Tue (43370) 2014-08-23 4:01
Fantastic photo! What a great work of art, something I would really like to see with my own eyes too. Your photo is excellent, wonderful composition.
photoray (13981) 2014-08-23 7:35
Interesting light and water refraction appearing as if from an underwater camera. The resulting impressionistic scene attracts attention, and enhanced by the varying blue hues.
I enjoy visiting aquariums for many similar effects, the play of ripples, water waves, light reflections and refractions, etc.
Thanks for sharing,
resat1972 (7576) 2014-08-23 12:00
Merhaba Bülent Bey
Bu sefer aşağıdan daha güzel bir havuz çekimi olmuş
Türkiyedeki Ebru sanatını andırmış
papagolf21 (109124) 2014-08-24 0:02
Bonjour, cher ami Bulent,
Une composition très réussie qui s'apparente à une peinture.
La réussite est bien présente à travers cette réalisation.
Nicou (150892) 2014-08-24 2:52
quelle image et compo prise sous l'eau je pense dans la piscine superbe ce bleu cette eau pure et le personnage en déformé géniale compo.
bravo et amitié
willperrett (11786) 2014-08-24 11:54
Ha, ha: a very clever image. But I'm not sure whether to commend you for seeing and shooting the photograph, or Leandro Erlich for having the vision to create the work of art. Probably a bit of both!
macjake (72427) 2014-08-31 22:24
you tricky devil you :)
Both photos, the main and the WS are equally interesting. This one did make me think you were maybe in the water.
And the WS scene is interesting as its abnormal to see people standing at the bottomof a pool
Of course its all a visual trick, as it takes a moment or two for the brain to put all the pieces together correctly.
Excellent post, i'll have to investigate this artist you mentioned aswell.
ourania (51079) 2014-09-01 10:46
this is a beautiful introduction to this original artwork. I realized you didn't take the picture through water using reason, there's nothing in your composition and the way you handled light and colours that suggests this is an illusion:) I love the angle and the play of light. The people are so nicely distributed along the diagonal that it's certain you didn't take this photo hastily and without consideration. The water illusion is marvelous! Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
delpeoples (59772) 2014-09-02 5:07
Ahh I thought you'd been scuba diving! What an interesting effect and something very original and artistic. I love the patterns made by the refracted light and the ming blue colours are delightful. This photo wouldn't be what it is without the inclusion of the people looking in at you.
Thanks for sharing, warmest wishes
stego (24132) 2014-09-07 18:34
An intriguing and imaginative work of art, wisely and inspiredly turned into a great photo. It was good you posted the WS, because it helps us understanding what we see.
TFS, Regards, José.
mcmtanyel (28906) 2014-09-20 16:35
Selamlar Bülent Bey,
Glad to have you back at TE! I am looking forward to your photos from your most recent travels.
When I looked at your camera information, I knew this must have been something like they use in the new aquaria where sharks seem to fly over you. Having seen people around a pool from the bottom many times, the workshop photo is more interesting to me because I've never seen people walking in their everyday clothes at the bottom of a pool!
unclehotshot (4000) 2014-12-15 23:11
That's really a good idea. And capture is also well done. Good compo and it's good that the people are there.
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (40373)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-07-27
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: , 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor, 67mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-19 23:54