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 internationally 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. Rogers’ "Reckless Unbound" is currently housed at Longleat House in the UK; the stately home, which is the seat of the Marquesses of Bath and also home to Renaissance gems of the Italian masters, like Titan’s "Rest on the Flight into Egypt."
The Independent, London - Jan 6, 2013 - Adam Jacques "The ethereal payoff is indeed redolent of a mix of Masters – the vivid hues of Titian, the straining bodies of Rubens, the sun-dappling chiaroscuro of Caravaggio, but also the loose brushstrokes and fluid movement of Delacroix; hints, too, of the Tiepolo-esque heavenly ascents adorning many an 18th-century Venetian chapel.
Yet, for all these highfalutin qualities, Rogers' subjects were no gods, kings or mythical beasts, but rather her friends, whom she coaxed to writhe around in a local swimming pool – a simplicity that reflects both her method (the pictures are entirely undoctored) and the purity of Rogers' lifelong love of the water.”
"My purpose behind the work is to question and find understanding in the craziness, tragedy, vulnerability, beauty and power of mankind. I’m mostly concerned about freedoms, both gained and loss; but for art to truly be art, the observer must experience the work uniquely and for themselves, without pre-conceived ideas being forced on them. That’s what’s beautiful. Art is the easiest way for me to communicate with others, and as far as awareness, that’s mainly what I’m after - - that interchange, that higher understanding with another."
"In my art, I experiment by letting go of the rules. I don’t use post-production manipulation to create the effects in my photographs, so I had to find a way to convey all of these ideas that were floating around in my head, naturally. This is when I started to experiment with water as a medium. Thereafter, I spent 8 years playing with every possible combination of elements. Now to create my effects, I use light refraction through water. Light bends when it passes from a substance of one density into a substance of a different density—this is called refraction. So, when light passes from the air into water, and by moving layers of the water, I can produce fantastic optical illusions: intensification of colors, blurring, blending and a painting-like final image. I feel like a magician, except I’m not trying to trick or fool people, but to open their minds to something that’s not always visible to the eye. In every new shoot I find myself experimenting further and further, and uncovering more possibilities."