Ilse Moore – South African Underwater Photographer
“To have your passion stirred up inside you, to be renewed and inspired is a driving force, an oasis, an addiction. I have always been
attracted to surreal imagery and I believe that photography as a medium lends a kind of realism to some of these ‘fantasies’, allowing
it to exist in closer relationship to the viewer. I like that it suggests the possibility of an unseen truth. Shooting underwater seemed
like the logical next step to finding a balance between the surreal world and my own reality. To me, water is a symbolic birthing place.
I can attempt to control it, but it has a life of its own. It becomes like another dimension, dreamlike, unreal, yet deep-rooted in our
being. As an artist, I want to explore it as a symbol that nurtures the psyche, be it positive or negative. The characters often seem to
evolve or deteriorate. I wouldn’t like to remove this aspect of my shooting, the surprise of the change appeals too much to me.”
Ilse Moore is renowned in South Africa as an underwater fashion, portrait and fine art photographer as well as a underwater maternity
photographer. Her underwater photography has been featured in several Arts and Culture, Lifestyle and Fine Art magazines as well as
numerous fashion and culture blogs around the world.
She was a guest photographer on the first season of Africa’s Next Top Model as well as been awarded several peer awards for
her underwater images. Together with her husband they also run a successful wedding photography business, GingerAle Photography.
“There were lights and colors. If it hadn’t been for the feel of the water gliding by against her skin she might have imagined
herself up in the sky, with meteors and comets blazing past. But these were sea-things, shining in the dark, the luminous life
that blazes beneath the sea.” – Henry Kuttner