Honorable Mention TIFA 2021 Fine Art / Nudes

Stray Siren On A Clear Day

  • Photographer
    David Degelin

The series is about my own relentless struggle and exploration of boundaries, limitations, doubts, obligations, and solitude using a symbolic adaptation of the story of Fumiko, a mermaid character from traditional Japanese storytelling. The red bath water refers to the multitude of meanings linked to the color in traditional Japanese culture combined with the subtle bodily gestures of the siren. Features Shanghai model Qian Zhao as the exceptional siren.

I'm a photographer with a focus on portrait, street, and fine-art photography, and photography is my way of dealing with the world, people, stories, places, experiences. Photography is a therapeutic activity for me in a way, a survival strategy. I use light and shadow to capture what I feel, rather than what I see, and what I feel always takes precedence over what I see in what I do. I'm intrigued by the beauty of solitude, of people and places and in my work, this theme plays a dominant role.