Emotionally Charged Reflective Photography

The visual power of transparent materials, like water and glass, often go unnoticed. Sometimes, it takes a photographer like Hlne Desplechin to show us the visible influence of these elements. Desplechin, who is based in Spain, has a wide portfolio of work that utilizes water's reflective and rippling nature. The illusionary quality of the translucent material distorts and reshapes the subjects, offering a new, emotion-filled perspective.

Like water, glass has a warping effect when properly exploited. There is no need for a post editing effect to be added digitally in Desplechin's images. She maneuvers around glass bowls, jars, and even shattered windows to alter her shots. The difference, especially in evoking emotions, that the photographer's contorting effects have is palpable. We were lucky enough to get in contact with Hlne to ask her how emotions affect work and where she draws inspiration from:

“I want to show emotion and I want to have emotions. This is one of my main objectives with photography. Life is made of feelings, that's what I choose to look for. It's necessary to have the feeling one wants to transmit; sensitivity is the base. I'm looking for the little things that move me. It's an infinite search for beauty, trying to see a kind of magic in details. Learning to see things that people don't see and then share it with them. And the more life goes on, the more I learn to enjoy those details.

“My inspiration is simple curiosity, constant observation, and astonishment by what surrounds me. A part of it is willingness to enjoy every part of it. Everyday life, is what inspires me. And that fundamental need, that I was born with,  to create and to share with others my emotions.”

Hlne Desplechin's Flickr


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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