Christy Lee Rogers is a Los Angeles based fine art photographer. Her work deals with the body as it is obscured and complicated by water. She’s a native Hawaiian which we assume has something to do with her wanting to create this dialogue between humans and the ocean and other water masses. The result of this exploration are non-manipulated photos that look a lot like paintings.
The group of photos–from a series titled Reckless Unbound–see men and women in various forms of undress, some draped in bright fabrics and clothing. They swirl and entangle, making it very difficult to figure out the subject’s genders, body parts, or even if it is a person or not. They’re reminiscent of a lot of things. On the surface, you can see the obvious connections between her work and the work of fellow Southern Californian water photographer Tim Tadder, who plays upon Jill Greenberg’s Glass Ceiling. Rogers work lands somewhere between those photographer’s work, the show Fuerza Bruta, and the work of painter Robin Williams (mostly because of the color choices and that person in the spotted jumpsuit).
Reckless Unbound are a really neat series of photographs. It’s funny to see how this concept of photography and water colliding with human forms seems to be tied to a Southern Californian point of view. I guess the ocean really does have an influence on us? Who knows. Regardless, get more on Christy here and you can see these works in person starting October 20 as she has a show at Edgar Varela Fine Arts.