When one thinks of underwater photography, images of fish and corals and scuba gear tend to populate the mind. Ilse Moore’s work, however, takes underwater photography in an entirely different direction. Her fine art work is taking photography to new heights (or in this case, new depths).

A photographer from South Africa, Ilse Moore’s work is a display of not just great vision but also of unfathomable skill. Her photos teeter on the brink of the surreal, carefully pushing, teasing, and bending the boundaries of reality without fully fantasizing it.

She mentions,

“I have always been attracted to surreal imagery. I believe that photography as a medium lends a kind of realism to these ‘fantasies’, allowing it to exist in closer relationship to the viewer. I like that it suggests the possibility of an indiscernible truth.”

Not only is her photography an exercise in great imagery, her technique is also quite striking. She uses the waterline and light to masterfully create reflections and visual anomalies that seem to take the viewer into a different world.

She admits,

“There is very little control underwater and although I can manipulate any particular set to achieve what I initially envisioned, the unplanned visuals that happen under the surface often determine the direction I take the shoot as it constantly changes and forms new meanings. It is very challenging, but I find it extremely exciting at the same time due to the unpredictability.”

Indeed, Ilse Moore’s photos are truly unique. They are fantastic without being complete fantasy. Surreal, not unreal. We can’t wait to see more of her work.

Below, you’ll find some of Ilse Moore’s amazing work.

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