The Vienna-based photography studio Staudinger + Franke’s collection called Barrier is made up of dramatic portraits of women “barriered’ (as the title suggests) from the viewer by a shield of water. An uncomplicated idea but executed flawlessly, the images in the Barrier collection put a new spin on the fad of underwater photography.
Every day, all around the globe, women are linked with water. Certainly, water is at the center of women’s responsibilities in many cultures, and countless women and girls spend their days collecting and preparing water for cleaning, drinking, cooking, in addition to sanitation.
In America, it is taken for granted that you simply twist a handle and out pours potable H2o. No doubt regardless of where we live, women are dependent on water for health and to nourish themselves and their families.
Staudinger + Franke’s concept of women in more surreal situations with water however is decidedly different. The stunning portraits of women separated from the observer by a barrier of water are strangely beautiful. Tiny waves of water warp the faces of the lady models, altering their looks into beautiful canvases of mirrored light and movement.
Their delicate features are obscured by almost sculpture-like swirls and waves. The women are transformed into ethereal beings, ostensibly of the deep, with their stares both tranquil and compellingly piercing.
The studio Staudinger + Franke’s is self-described as much more than just an ordinary photography studio. On their Behance page they say they are “a crew existing of different kinds of artists to realize visual ideas. Every conceivable idea is doable and the whole workflow is supervised by Andreas Franke with 25 years of experience. The range of work covers everything from accurate illuminated productshots to highly complex compositings.”
Their esteemed client base includes entities such as HSBC, General Electric, Nike, Coca Cola, Visa, Ben&Jerry‘s and Heineken, to name but a few.
See their impressive body of work including Barrier here.