Elena Kalis captures whimsical and otherworldly scenes with underwater photography– her playful photos feature women and children suspended in the dreamy depths of Bahamian water, surrounded by props and costumes. Every photo is a world of its own: sometimes they are tableaus from Alice in Wonderland, sometimes they show dancers in mid-motion, and sometimes they are merely rich explorations in color.

Some of her best work uses an unexpected camera angle to play with our perception of planes in the photo– the surface of the water transforms into mirrors, floors, or walls, depending on how the model and the camera work together to create these illusions. I’m particularly drawn to photos where the reflection of the model is magnified by the tops of the waves for a rippling, fragmented mirror effect.

Her entire Alice in Wonderland series is incredible– she has the whole cast of characters, from Tweedledee/Tweedledum to the Mock Turtle. Also, her young model with the red hair is really lovely: so graceful and composed, even underwater. I’d imagine that these are long photoshoots, since you can’t really give the model any direction underwater…

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