From underneath an aged oak That slanted from the islet rock, A damsel guider of its way, A little skiff shot to the bay, That round the promontory steep
Led its deep line in graceful sweep, Eddying, in almost viewless wave, The weeping willow twig to rave, And kiss, with whispering sound and slow, The beach of pebbles bright as snow.
The boat had touched this silver strand Just as the Hunter left his stand, And stood concealed amid the brake, To view this Lady of the Lake. The maiden paused, as if again
She thought to catch the distant strain. With head upraised, and look intent, And eye and ear attentive bent, And locks flung back, and lips apart, Like monument of Grecian art,
In listening mood, she seemed to stand, The guardian Naiad of the strand.
This photo set was inspired by the mysterious image of The Lady of the Lake, one of the most controversial and important characters in Arthurian legends. She went by many names: Nimue, Viviane, Vivien Elaine, Ninianne, Nivian, Nyneve or Evienne, but most importantly she was known as the nymph who gave King Arthur his Excalibur. She was capable of enchanting, creating and destroying. Representing water, one of the four elements, she was seen as a caring creature that embodied the power of water, the glow and the flow of the lake. The way water flowed, freezed and melted was all her work. Just as the element she represented, she was not easily defined, versatile and impossible to control. Water still remains a puzzling and a special compound, and the historical, scientific and philosophical aspects of its use, identity and intellectual relevance are deeply resonant.
Dao De Jing states “The highest excellence is like (that of) water. The excellence of water appears in its benefiting all things, and in its occupying, without striving (to the contrary), the low place which all men dislike. There is nothing in the world more soft and weak than water, and yet for attacking things that are firm and strong there is nothing that can take precedence of it—for there is nothing (so effectual) for which it can be changed.”
The interpretation of The Lady of the Lake in this set of photos is made through a poetic fusion of images. The artistic statement of this set is meant to provoke questions about the power of women. Treating her as a Goddess of water, embodying her and comparing her to the characteristics of an essential element as water, brings out her essence in the existence of the planet. Although in reality she is treated as a weak and powerlessly soft creature, she definitively has the strength to attack even the harshest, the firmest and strongest of things. She has a natural power by default, of which, she is not aware of. This made her let herself be polluted, misused and consumed. We have done the same with other elements of nature, the rivers, seas and lakes. In this day, in 2016, sufficient clean water accessible to everyone still remains a distant objective. Reflecting on this issue will bring us to a new understanding of where we stand today and how we got here.