I was lucky to benefit from the therapeutic effects I discovered during and after dives, when the body is liberated from gravity and can fly freely, unfettered, and breathe in this wondrous new world: this had a very positive impact on my life, one of deep awareness, profound relaxation and meditative inspiration all at the same time.
Intrigued, I decided to find out more and I went diving with a group of people who suffer from various physical and/or psychological disabilities: it was a very moving and educative experience to witness the freedom that people can enjoy while underwater; a chance of physical self-expression they find hard to realise on land, where gravity and all sort of obstacles make their lives so challenging.
UnderStanding represents a journey above and beneath the surface where physical rules are rewritten, perception is turned quite literally upside down, the human form is rendered weightless and where we are all, as we should be, rendered equal.
This project is dived in 2 parts: mutimedia and still images.
In the multimedia part of the project, I’m attempting to convey this liberty, this freedom of movement, using the way that light is refracted through water to create a tension between image, physical movement and aesthetic impression.
The still image part of the project follows seventy-two years old Alan Kenny to North Sulawesi, Indonesia, where after overcoming many obsctacles, long haul flights and many transfers he can finally go diving and experience the freedom of movement he has been longing for.
The two parts of this project complement each others: the multimedia is all about the underwater feeling of physical freedom while the stills are a more accurate decription of all the challenges that need to be overcome in order to reach that freedom.
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