From Andrew Frost…
There is something fundamentally intriguing about being able to see two worlds at once. Images of the Earth in space or the sky featuring both sun and moon at dusk or dawn are fundamentally fascinating glimpses of dual perspectives, images that give a sense of a bigger universe and the connections between vastly different scales. Photographer Matthew Smith‘s A Parallel Universe offers such a view – the split between the water and the air, two biospheres intimately related yet seemingly alien.
Smith’s work is presented as one part of Customs House’s contribution to the 2015 Head On Photographic Festival and arises in part with the UK-born photographer’s love of the Australian coast and diving. “For me one of the most wondrous parts of any dive is the moment that the water engulfs my mask as my head slips below the surface. I think it’s the suspense of the unknown of what lies beneath, and the thought of what alien creatures I might encounter.That is what draws me to taking half-over/half-underwater images. I try to convey to the viewer that majestic feeling in a picture format, to create a window into another universe.”
Until May 31
Customs House, Sydney
Pic: Matthew Smith, Ocean Rose, Bass Point NSW Australia, 2015.