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Golden Night

In this experimental underwater photography project my model and I delved into the depths of the cold, dark water to capture the beauty of the queen of the night. With an intuitive and experimental approach I worked with golden and silver materils, and different artificial lights to create these images.

Beside illuminating the darkness, I played with long and short exposures to capture the fluidity of the movements. Later, on the computer,  I experimented with composition and colours.

I  quickly improvised a dress in golden and silver for that underwater shooting and used a black background to let the model stand out, like most performers do who work in the hours of the night.

The result was a series of images that evoke a sense of mystery, elegance and enchantment. Some pictures make me think of a James Bond movie intro, some of a dancer of a classical ballet or opera and some of a showgirl from Las Vegas.

They all have one thing in common, the beauty of glitter in the darkness of the night. It makes me think and give gratitute to all performing artists who give thier precious time in life to entertain us, mesmerize us with glitter and shine. 

“Even in the darkest of nights, glittering beauty shines bright.”



model, actress and singer:   Theresa Guggenberger

concept, fashion, potography:   JuliaAquaArt

‘queen of the night’



‘queen of the night’



[…] Precious wonder under

the calm moonlight

You are the gracious

Queen of the Night […]

– Hemakumar Nanayakkara –




While watching this underwater night shot I like to listen to the title song “Writing’s On The Wall” by Sam Smith of the James Bond movie Spectre, making me think of diamonds, elegance.



‘dance of a dreamer’ or

‘dreams of a dancer’



Give me wings and I’ll fly

Give me fins and gills to dive

Give me lung, heart beat and mind

to held my dreams alive



I like to watch it while listening to the music of  Waltz no 7 in cs harpminor op 64-2 and Scheherazade op 35


and many more 🙂

(Kelebeğindansı ‘s ‘Dance of the Butterfly’,

‘Swan Lake op 20’, ‘Sleeping Beauty op 66’, ‘The Nut Cracker op 71 no. 14’,

and ‘1812 Overture op 49’ by Tchaikowsky,

the end of ‘Hold The Door’ and ‘Jenny of Old Stones’ by Ramindjawadi,

maybe even ‘Toccata e fuga’ by Johann Sebastian Bach)

‘free bird’

And as she put her wings to fly, she could feel the approaching gust under her wings that would carry her high into the air.

Somehow the photographs make me think of show girls, loud music, dancing in night clubs, drugs and lights of big cities after dawn.

Anyone remembering the touching movie scene in Forest Gump using that song, free bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd?


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