Originally created for Cory’s exhibition at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery this series of photographs combines two main passions of Cory Varcoe’s photography where water and light are strong allies in achieving his goal: using the body’s nude form to emulate landscape and linking these landscapes to water. The human form is transformed through Varcoe’s considered interplay of light and water, and these elements interact with the nude figure, capturing surreal landscapes reflected in water. Movement of water around the body over a period of time mimics motion similar to the way water moves around the coastline. Varcoe’s waterscapes become the intersection where land meets the sea.
“These photographs are a combination of both years of photographing long exposure waterscapes and the fine art of Bodyscapes. Here, two models are posed together while two smoke machines create the atmosphere. The whole scene is reflected in a 1500 litre pool of water and captured by a long exposure of half a minute. This softens the scene beautifully as the waves move around the human forms. I will forever be grateful for all the models that volunteered their time to perfecting these photos. I could not have done it without you all, thank you very much.”