Atmospheric Underwater Diorama Photography

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Atmospheric Underwater Diorama Photography

Kim Keever’s elaborate method produces remarkable results. This, from a statement at Denver’s David B. Smith Gallery:

Kim Keever’s large-scale photographs are created by meticulously constructing miniature topographies in a 200-gallon tank, which is then filled with water. These dioramas of fictitious environments are brought to life with colored lights and the dispersal of pigment, producing ephemeral atmospheres that he must quickly capture with his large-format camera.

[Thanks, Alan Dove!]

12 thoughts on “Atmospheric Underwater Diorama Photography

  1. Dennis Mabrey says:

    The video on the website is worth watching.

    I’m a big admirer of J.M.W. Turner and a number of the prints on the website have that same ‘feel’ of his landscape paintings.
    What I always ask myself when I see something like this is “could Photoshop have done the trick?”   I think PS certainly could have helped but there is a lot of effect that the water tank provides. 

  2. Matt Bell says:

    I have done some underwater photo’s utilizing fish tanks as well.  You can see examples here:

  3. Les Clay says:

    Yes, amazing video on the site.

    In the BBC production of Gormenghast, for distant shots of the fictional city they used models photographed underwater to simulate a large mass and scale.

  4. Digital Dave says:

    Wow, that’s just beautiful. Now that’s what I call art. Amazing attention to detail.

  5. Digital Dave says:

    Wow, that’s just beautiful. Now that’s what I call art. Amazing attention to detail.

  6. Kevin Alexander says:

    precious information,


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