As a child, photographer Rachael Talibart would sit on a deck near her family’s home on the South Coast of England and imagine the mythical creatures that would form and instantly evaporate inside the crashing waves.
As she grew older she studied the sea monsters described in Homer’s Odyssey and used this education to fuel her current series, Sirens.
Instead of merely capturing the haphazard way waves might form during violent storms, Talibart uses a fast shutter piece to freeze the water into sculptural shapes that appear like gods or monsters rising out of the sea.
In several images, faces can be seen at the forefront of the wave, charging above the sea in a powerful arc.
The faces are hauntingly present, as if a monster is truly locked in the tumultuous sea.
“For me, the ocean will always be a potent source of inspiration,” Talibart explains.
“It makes small, unimportant things of us all yet, at the same time, it is exhilarating and profoundly life affirming.”
The series has shifted and evolved since its start in 2016, including the creation of a fine art book by the same title published by Triplekite. Talibart’s photographs are included in an exhibition titled Tides + Falls at Sohn Fine Art Gallery in Lenox, Massachusetts, which opens on September 7 and runs through November 11, 2018.