These pieces are from the series, Falling Through Time. The manipulated SX-70 Polaroid backgrounds were shot 20 years ago in London, England and the figures were shot in 2015 underwater. Basically I collaborated with myself to create a new narrative.
Barbara Cole is a self-taught photographic artist who has built an extraordinary career in image making since beginning her practice in the 1980s. She is best known for her still images underwater, as well as her lenticulars. Lenticulars are images made by interlacing a sequence of photographs to match optical lenses, creating a kinetic image, which appears to transform based on the position of the viewer. Cole's work has been exhibited worldwide and is extensively collected by both public and private institutions. Throughout her career, Cole has worked internationally on commercial projects and has created several large-scale commissions, including installations for the atrium at the M. Lau Breast Cancer Centre in Toronto’s Princess Margaret Hospital and for Trump Hollywood in Hollywood Beach, Florida. Her series, Underworld, was exhibited at the Canadian Embassies in Tokyo and Washington, D.C. Cole has won prestigious awards such the Grand Prize at the Festival Internationale de la Photographie de Mode in Cannes, and third prize at the International Photography Awards in New York. In 2012, the acclaimed documentary series Snapshot: The Art of Photography II featured an episode devoted exclusively to Cole’s photographic practice. Barbara Cole lives and works in Toronto, Canada.