Whanganui: Dreamlike, Fantastical Underwater Portraits – Richard Westerhuis

Richard Westerhuis is a Dutch photographer with a background in psychology who investigates through photography the roles of individualism and collectivism in our relationships. In a world dominated by artificialness and representation, is it still possible to be yourself? Are we still unique? – “Whanganui” investigates the fragile relationship between humans and nature. There is a stunning disregard for the protection of our natural world, especially when it comes to its waterways, which may be due to the physical distance we have to maintain from the ocean world. Inspired by the rare success story of the Whanganui River being granted human rights in New Zealand, this series plunges models underwater to explore what lies beneath the surface. There is a dreamlike, almost fantastical, atmosphere created by Westerhuis’ compositions and palette, and the women appear to almost be mythical creatures. These photographs allow us, for a moment, to indulge in the fantasy of a world where there is a mutual respect between humans and nature, and our waters will finally be safe.

Whanganui: Dreamlike, fantastical underwater portraits   Richard Westerhuis

Whanganui: Dreamlike, fantastical underwater portraits   Richard Westerhuis

Whanganui: Dreamlike, fantastical underwater portraits   Richard Westerhuis

Whanganui: Dreamlike, fantastical underwater portraits   Richard Westerhuis

Whanganui: Dreamlike, fantastical underwater portraits   Richard Westerhuis

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