Drowned is a series by photographer Bobby Neel Adams that channels ‘Vanitas’ themes and images. A type of symbolic art common in 16th century Flemish still life painting, the Latin word roughly translates to ’emptiness’ and often incorporated subject matter such as skulls, rotting food, and other objects representing death and decay. A Vanitas image was meant to remind its viewer of the fleeting nature of life and the certainty of death. Adams composed these shots in an aquarium filled with murky water, acheiving not only a painter-like feel but an otherworldly and eerie one as well. Adams is based in New York and creates all of his projects on film.
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