We find peace when looking at a body of water because it is natural. Its surface is open and honest, complemented by sunlight the sky’s reflection. Below the surface a world of life exists, as complex and legitimate as the world above it. Two separate worlds, but without water neither exist. These three images were taken within the last twelve months.
They were shot in two different countries, of- and in- three bodies of water, and with two types of cameras. Each photograph is a study of the motion and stillness that water provides. Each is an illustration of the beauty of color, light, abstraction, and reflection.
Hallie Neely was born and raised in Hazlet, New Jersey, and moved to Belmar in July 2015. She’s a photography student at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, New York. Hallie uses photography as a way to communicate that which her voice does not. She shoots primarily with a digital camera, but occasionally exposes herself to 35mm film. Along with photography, she expresses herself through paint and collage.
She is influenced most by William Eggleston the artist, and Delicate Steve the band. Color is a primary aspect of her work; she focuses mostly on the way the colors at certain times of day reflect off buildings and landscapes. Hallie is interested in underwater photography, and has dreams of collaborating with scuba divers and other artists to create a body of work fixated on color and texture.
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