For the last three years, Neil Craver has been working on a symbolic underwater photography project that’s as beautiful as it is haunting. Called OmniPhantasmic, it’s meant to show the strong influences of unconscious elements affecting and driving people’s lives. Decomposing forests represent broken memory connections and the horizontal line between the water and the sky show the stark division between the conscious and the subconscious.
“The nexus of contingents between drowning and floating, falling and flying, dying and living are some of the main unphysical-intangible themes in this series,” he tells us.
“What you can perceive and process is an extremely finite portion of what you receive from the physical environment. And to truly grasp the vexing questions of your inner facilities, you must open yourself to a flood of unrestricted information. So one must dive into the cloudy placid waters of the subconscious world to uncover a linkage between the conscious and the subconscious mind. Once the excavation is started; the illumination of the self imposed restrains of values, ideas, and moral codes will dissolve. When the subconscious floods pass society's imprisonment; starting a process of uncontaminated awareness; a penetrating understanding will unfold.”