Underworld

PhotographerLâle Teoman
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

The ‘Underworld’ series explores themes and characters in Greek Mythology. Persephone, queen of the underworld, is depicted in a style not dissimilar to the Pre-Raphaelite painters such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, though in this series she appears suspended and submerged in water. The water that submerges Persephone is the River Lithe, an underworld river that caused amnesia, and is a metaphor for the way in which technology such as smart phones are allowing people to forget the natural world and divorce themselves from the present moment. Persephone is about engaging with the deep reality of life and confronting the light and dark simultaneously. Hades, King of the underworld abducted Persephone and took her under. This work questions the notion of gender roles in the modern world and whether they have evolved from ancient times.

Story

The ‘Underworld’ series explores themes and characters in Greek Mythology. Persephone, queen of the underworld, is depicted in a style not dissimilar to the Pre-Raphaelite painters such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, though in this series she appears suspended and submerged in water. The water that submerges Persephone is the River Lithe, an underworld river that caused amnesia, and is a metaphor for the way in which technology such as smart phones are allowing people to forget the natural world and divorce themselves from the present moment. Persephone is about engaging with the deep reality of life and confronting the light and dark simultaneously. Hades, King of the underworld abducted Persephone and took her under. This work questions the notion of gender roles in the modern world and whether they have evolved from ancient times.