Woman. Immersion automatic translate
с 16 Мая
по 28 Июля
Фонд культуры «ЕКАТЕРИНА»
ул. Кузнецкий мост, дом 21/5, 8 подъезд, вход с ул. Большая Лубянка
The Cultural Foundation “EKATERINA” presents an exhibition of works by the photographer from Monaco, Olivier Jude. The author’s project dedicated to underwater photography will continue the long tradition of cultural exchange between the Foundation and the artistic institutions of Monaco. In 2004, the Foundation presented the grandiose exhibition “The Jack of Diamonds” in Monaco, and several years later, in collaboration with the New National Museum of Monaco, implemented a project dedicated to Sergei Dyagilev and the history of Russian ballets in France. In 2008, the exhibition “The Age of Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco”, prepared by the Foundation in cooperation with the Grimaldi Forum, was held in the halls of the Foundation. In 2015, the Foundation, together with Parkview Arts Action and the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, presented a large-scale international project “On sharks and humanity” - an exhibition of contemporary art in China dedicated to the problem of the preservation of the world’s oceans and sharks population.
The activities of the Foundation’s founders, Catherine and Vladimir Semenikhin, who are holders of the Order of Saint Charles, are aimed at further expanding the cultural ties between the Principality of Monaco and Russia. Exhibition project “Woman. Immersion "not only represents the work of an outstanding photographer, but also allows you to get acquainted with the unique underwater world of the world ocean.
Olivier Jude was born in Monaco in 1966. From a very young age, he was fascinated by the beauty of the Mediterranean, and in 1989 he became a member of the Federation of Underwater Sports of Monaco. “I was born in the water and always showed an interest in the sea, both in my youth and in early childhood,” he says, explaining his passion for underwater photography and diving. Currently, Olivier is an active member of the Diving Club and a successful photographer, as well as the official representative of the Principality of Monaco in international underwater photography competitions. His work, made using modern digital technologies, reveal the unique beauty of the underwater world.
Underwater photography has a number of specific features. The photographer has to work in different weather conditions, affecting both the visibility and the very texture of the landscape. Immersion to great depths lasts only a few minutes; During this time, you need to choose the right angle and composition, adjust the camera and the position of the flashes. In addition to deep-sea objects, Olivier Jude likes to shoot in the “split” technique, when the composition of the frame is divided into two parts - the sea and the sky reflected in the water.
Olivier Jude doesn’t process photos using Photoshop and digital retouching, each frame is shot with one shot, all colors are natural and as saturated as possible.
The photographs presented at the exhibition, created in collaboration with the same model and partner of the artist Sylvie Laurent. The presence of the model in the underwater world fascinates, gives the composition a new artistic sound, permeated with a sense of freedom and weightlessness, natural and mysterious beauty. Sylvie poses in costumes specially tailored for each dive, which play an important role in the overall artistic decision of the frame. Costume design was developed by the photographer’s wife, Valerie Zhud, a designer specializing in lycra, as well as dance and ballet costumes. Using various lighting devices and the possibilities of sunlight, Olivier Jude aims to convey the unique atmosphere and continuous movement of the underwater world.
Working on joint projects, Olivier Jude and Sylvie Laurent explored various parts of the Mediterranean and Red Sea, sinking to the bottom of the Indian Ocean, however, the coastal waters of Monaco still attract the artist.
“Monaco has its unique sea treasures. I constantly talk about it, and today I’m happy to demonstrate this so that all divers, underwater photographers and sea travelers will be convinced of the uniqueness and richness of our marine environment, ”says Olivier.
Of particular interest to the photographer is the deep-sea life under an artificial dam protecting the bay of Monaco from the waves. Over time, a special microclimate formed under this most complex engineering structure. For more than ten years, Olivier has been observing how underwater life is developing under the dam.
“We decided to take a series of shots to show the wealth of the underwater world under the dam. The flora is located on the links of the chain, and the oxidized metal gives an orange color that complements the blue hues of the Mediterranean Sea. For us, diving under the dam is of artistic value due to these color effects. We found an animal world that we did not expect to see there - a hundred anti-animals circling around links among colored bryozoans, such as moss or lichen, commonly called the Sea Rose in the Mediterranean. Incredible luck was to see so many antias of this size! One would have thought that we were on a sunken ship or in a grotto, ”says the photographer.
In January 2018, Olivier Jude and Sylvie Laurent took part in an underwater photography competition timed to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the International Diving Salon in Paris. 4867 photos were presented at the competition. A series of photographs by Olivier Jude “Woman and Diving”, taken in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of the commune of Antibes and at the lighthouse of La Furmig, won the third place, and their author received an invitation to submit their works to the Cultural Foundation “EKATERINA”. The exhibition will include photographs taken by Olivier Jude and Sylvie Laurent in the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, and also in Monaco.
The exhibition is organized with the support of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.