Dutch artist and product designer Anne ten Donkelaar arranges and photographs flowers underwater, thus capturing a “silent image of a spirited dance.” In this series, titled Underwater Ballet, the artist’s floral “ballerinas” dance and seemingly float around in still waters. They dreamily pose and sway, thoroughly hypnotizing us all. This stunning picture is just a glimpse of ten Donkelaar’s magical reality.
To create the otherworldly illusion, ten Donkelaar uses a rope and a small metal trinket to hold down the bouquets. Like in her other works, we are treated to stunning displays of colorful flowers featuring purposefully long, leg-like stems. “I love a flower with really long legs,” she explained to Flower Magazine. “It makes it more elegant somehow, almost as if it’s flying. I strip away all the leaves and let the flower stand out, stand tall.”
The result is a masterpiece; an image that looks more like a whimsical watercolor painting than an actual photo.
For more, you can check out the entire series on ten Donkelaar’s website.