Upon the invention of the photograph, there was a fear amongst peers that the humble painting would become obsolete. Hindsight tells us this is not so, but here at Coggles we would like to put forth another argument: paintings portray much more than a camera ever could. So it is with the work of Samantha French. Her underwater paintings, capture the life and vibrancy of submerging oneself below water with intricate detail, capturing every bubble, ripple refracted and reflected colourway. The very nature of how we see and interpret our environment when underwater is portrayed in startlingly realistic detail. The fact that these are representations and not exact reflections only adds to the sense of other-worldliness we all feel when surrounded by H2O.
Words by Olivia Cooley. Images property of Samantha French.