Dreamy Photos Captured from an Underwater Perspective

Submerged in silence, Canadian artist Laurel Johannesson takes photos of dreamy waterscapes — a liquid veil transforming the world above the water’s fragile surface. Mirrored images, reflections, and distorted figures reference memory and time. Johannesson also sees a “vulnerability to the imagery that hints at the equation between desire and voyeurism.” Even when displaying the work, she takes great care to alter our perception of the aquatic stills by printing them on metallic paper and laminating them with quarter-inch acrylic, maintaining their poetic distance and point of view. Visit our gallery of Johannesson’s fluid dreamscapes — spotted thanks to Design Boom — that were photographed while swimming in the Lido di Venezia in Italy.

Image credit: Laurel Johannesson