Photographer Joan Carol captures the many moods of the water in his compelling portraiture. The fantastical images feature his subjects in the sea as they are immersed in its swirling beauty. Often, the models engage passionately with one another, but Carol varies the mood and also explores themes of identity and human tenacity. Each piece is visually unified with dramatic lighting and a desaturated color palette. In doing this, we get the sense that these people are part of the same story, just different chapters.
Carol uses digital manipulation to bring his ideas to life. Sometimes, it’s subtle, such as changing the way in which the water splashes. Other times, it’s to ignite an object or to set the sea on fire. It’s in these awe-inspiring moments that we appreciate the undeniable beauty of the water and its ability to unite lovers or to offer a sense of renewal and even rebirth. And just as the tide ebbs and flows, so do the emotions present in Carol’s work.
Carol shares his photography on his popular Instagram account.
Photographer Joan Carol creates compelling fantasy portrait photography that often revolves around the swirling beauty of the ocean.