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H2O Hardcover – November 12, 2007
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In most of the photos, the artist and model both release their breath underwater until the air in their lungs no longer floats them to the surface. Then, the model is free to pose in ways that would be impossible in air. The model need not worry about balance or support against gravity, true. The water has subtler effects on the figure, too - for example, breasts float, giving them higher, rounder forms than gravity normally allows. Schatz's one zoftig model, Alexandra Beller, has the curves to show that effect in the most striking way. And, as the cover shows, hair and gauzy drapes can reach a flowing lightness that just isn't possible elsewhere.
Schatz found that dancers, and very few others, could work as his models. For one thing, they had the muscle knowledge and physical skill to use weightlessness effectively - after all, hadn't so many dancers been trying for that all along? For another, most women naturally bob to the top of pool. Dancers and other athletes typically have more lean mass, so can reach netural buoyancy much more easily.
Although the free-floating forms caught my attention most firmly, Schatz uses water on other ways, too. Its reflective surface, whether seen from above or below, creates baffling mirror-pairs of arms or legs that pierce that surface. Underwater bubbles or above-water droplets adorn the models, and bubble-trails create unearthly auras.Read more ›
It's no secret nor a coincidence that Schatz uses professional dancers, ballerinas, and athletes to populate his underwater stage - few others could so gracefully perform the unimaginably beautiful feats that construct this work.
Page after page of fascinating, beautiful imagery ranging from visions of aquatic heaven to Alice in Wonderland surrealism.
Much of this art seems to touch the deep human instinct to both love and fear water, as well as our fascination with the human form.
I did not notice any inferior production mentioned in the only 3 star "review", but then although I've spent my life around books, worked in bookstores, and have quite a library, I'm no glue expert...nor inclined to become one. I disagree the paper used was mid-grade however, judging it to be up to presentation of this amazing collection.
In fact, I recommend purchasing a Jasmine Book Stand (Bookstand / Bookstands / Holder / Cookbook / Music), you will want to display your favorite pages.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a stunningly beautiful collection of photographs. A deeply sensual expression of the human form, yet masterfully respectful of the gift of movement.Published 7 months ago by danny
Photographer Howard Schatz extends to an enormous range of creativity photography beautiful women underwater. Each photograph is a unique, gorgeous vision. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this book after reading a great review, by a professional photographer, in a magazine and was very disappointed . Read morePublished on September 18, 2012 by A. Burchfield
Fine Art Nudes done under water. The colors are simply beautiful and stunning. Recommend to anyone collecting "Color" fine art nude. Makes a fine addition to any collection.Published on February 12, 2011 by nucrph
I have long been a fan of Howard Schatz the Photographer, his work is fantastic in my opinion and his underwater photos are just unbelievably incredible. Read morePublished on June 24, 2010 by Mr. John M. Freund
This is indeed a work of art. I have my problems imagining how complicated some of these shots should have been to take. The collection is variated, what I enjoyed. Read morePublished on January 13, 2010 by David Jimenez
I have long been a Schatz fan and actually had the pleasure of meeting him once in his studio in NY and I have to say - he is an incredibly kind soul. Read morePublished on January 1, 2010 by Wicked Photo Girl
This book is great for artistic reference, and has a very classical quality to it. The unique approach of using water in each photograph is a nice touch, but not the strength of... Read morePublished on February 8, 2008 by E. Thompson