Christy Lee Rogers is a visual artist from Kailua, Hawaii. Her obsession with water as a medium for breaking the conventions of contemporary photography has led to her work being compared to Baroque painting masters like Caravaggio. Boisterous in color and complexity, Rogers applies her cunning technique to a barrage of bodies submerged in water during the night, and creates her effects naturally in-camera using the refraction of light. Through a fragile process of experimentation, she builds elaborate scenes of coalesced colors and entangled bodies that exalt the human character as one of vigor and warmth, while also capturing the beauty and vulnerability of the tragic experience that is the human condition.
Rogers’ works have been exhibited throughout the US and Europe and are held in private and public collections throughout the world. She has been featured in International Magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar Art China, Eyemazing, The Independent, Casa Vogue, Photo Technique and others. She lives and works in Los Angeles, California and Kailua, Hawaii.
Duncan Beebe, Eyemazing Magazine “Her work is undeniably contemporary yet also timeless; portions appear to be drawn from the Baroque period, where dynamic movement and overt emotion were at their height. Many have likened her work to the Baroque master Caravaggio, with her emotive dynamism and dramatic use of lighting. Using pronounced chiaroscuro, where light and dark violently contrast, the light in her images appears to alternately engulf the female form or to be on the verge of dwindling to nothing, leaving them alone in the abyss of boundless space. Light isolates her figures, but her use of spotlighting differs from Caravaggio in that it is atmospheric and benevolent; it insulates the figures from the space surrounding them, that empty space which allows light to strike her subjects, not just as transparent dissolvable images of people, but as solid, real, and seemingly impenetrable beings."
"Her figures represent something internal and widely experienced. She successfully and intelligently depicts the wordless doubts and dreams that all of humanity is heir to. Beneath the wondrous exterior, at their core, these strange figures are more human than human; their souls are bared and radiant to one and all.”
"It is also part of my vision to share circumstances that are real and not fictitious, as I am interested most in the plight of mankind. I want the audience to be able to relate to the people they see in the images and I feel there is a stronger impact when I use what I actually see in front of me instead of creating something make-pretend."
"The actual body itself is of no major importance to me. But the beauty, vulnerability and craziness of mankind interest me like mad."
"Experimentation is the backbone of my art and technique, and although I may draw out the initial ideas and have detailed mental visions of what should be happening in each image, I rely mostly on my ability to be completely active creating during my shoots."
"Shooting through water is a like playing with all new rules. Maybe that’s why I love it so much."