A surreal photograph by the award-winning British photographer and Director Hollie Fernando.
Rich colour palettes and dreamlike qualities imbue Hollie's contemporary photographs. Taking inspiration from classical painting, Hollie often revives conventional allegories and symbolic features, subverting received ideas of how we view an image to create fantastical work centred in her own world.
Shooting with both a relaxed and thoughtful approach, Hollie manages to balance delicate images with a striking sense of power. She has worked with a range of sitters from actors and musicians to her own siblings.
"This photograph is of my younger sister in the Balearic Sea. I really wanted her to do a handstand so I had feet coming out the water in the image but the waves were too big for her to hold balance. People either see this as someone being carefree or drowning."
Awards: Winner of the Creative Review Annual Award 2016 and 2018. If you Leave Showcase Winner 2014. Recognised as a Photo District News' 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch, 2019.
Recent Solo exhibitions: Modern Society, London 2019. Doomed Gallery, London 2018.
Group exhibitions: Pylot Magazine Open Call, London 2018. Saatchi XX Creating Equality, London 2018. Creative in Focus, Protein Gallery, London 2018.