Thai photographer Visarute Angkatavanich is known for creating stunning, close-up portraits of colorful Siamese fighting fish. Commonly known as betta, the popular domesticated species is native to the Mekong basin of Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand. In contrast to their aggressive nature, Angkatavanic’s latest series, titled Betta Paradiso, captures the betta’s captivating beauty as they gracefully swim like dancing ballerinas.
Shot against black or white backgrounds, Angkatavanic’s images highlight the species’ vibrant colors, flowing fins, and sweeping tails. Angkatavanic’s portfolio covers a wide variety of Siamese fighting fish in a range of colors, from pearlescent white to multicolored and fiery red. In some images, they don’t appear like fish at all, but rather swirling clouds of colorful ink suspended in water, or snapshots of flowing pieces of silk. It’s only when the viewer spots an eye, a gill, or a flash of iridescent scales that Angkatavanic’s freshwater subjects are revealed.
If you’re in Singapore, you can see the Betta Paradiso series for yourself at the temporary exhibition, Beauty of Betta, until September 23, 2018. You can also purchase the full series as a book via the Pixniq website.