Alice in Waterland by Elena Kalis

published in: Art, Photography By Apostolos Mitsios, 08 September 2009

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What if Alice, after falling and falling inside the Rabbit hole, ended straight to the ocean? And what if the ocean surrounded a small island in the Bahamas? Although it may seem confusing, Elena Kalis imagined an underwater version of the classic Alice in Wonderland tale, only that this time it’s Alice in… Waterland! Kalis is a visual artist that was born in Russia and is specialized in underwater photography. She has been living for the last ten years in the Bahamas and for the new version of the story she chose her daughter as the perfect model. The results are some really fascinating photos that not only transmit all the surrealism and imagination of the original story, but take it a step forward. Between a mermaid and a survivor of a shipwreck, caught between fantasy and reality, the new Alice looks more beautiful than ever. Yatzer invites you to dive with us in a hidden world and read all the details that Elena Kalis revealed to us in the following interview.

photo © Elena Kalis

Well Elena, how did you decide to experiment with underwater photography?

I live surrounded by water and spend a lot of time in it…so that was a natural thing to do.

You have been living for the last ten years on a small island in the Bahamas. In which way has it influenced your art?

In every way…People. Traditions. Nature...Everything I do is connected to it.             



photo © Elena Kalis

Which are the main difficulties you come up as far as working under water is concerned?
Nothing is working the same way as in the ground. It's like you are in another dimension. But this is why it is so interesting…


What is that people find so amazing about the Alice in Wonderland story and how did you decide to create your own version?
Alice in Wonderland is timeless. It’s open to interpretations and it's up to you to make them. I decided to make it for a few reasons: this is my all time favorite book, my daughter Sacha is the same age as Alice (10) and very good at modeling underwater and, finally, the story itself seems like from some lucid different place...(underwater perhaps ?)

photo © Elena Kalis

Which are the things that inspire you on a daily basis?


The ocean. It's never the same...it's changing every second...and yet there is something so majestic and permanent about it. I feel very humbled and inspired.       

You come from Russia that has a big tradition in fairy tales. Which parts of your country are present in your work?
I was born in Moscow and my favorite tales were by Brothers Grimm (a collection from all over Europe). That probably has had some influence on my work.



photo © Elena Kalis

You often use your kids and friends as your models. Which is the funniest thing that has happened to you while working together?

It's fun all the time, I can't choose a specific event. Since I am not pressed by any obligations (from clients or a gallery) we are just playing. That’s why I normally use so many balloons and toys in the water. It's for fun!



Tell us something about your future plans.

I was doing underwater photography for a year now and I am still interested in it. It has so many aspects that I didn't even scratch yet. And the Alice project is not over yet. It has been only a few months since I started it...

photo © Elena Kalis

photo © Elena Kalis

photo © Elena Kalis

photo © Elena Kalis

photo © Elena Kalis

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  • friend
    pilar | 2009-09-08 23:49:36

    amazing!!!

  • friend
    k | 2009-09-09 00:33:02

    amazingly wonderful

  • friend
    tim | 2009-09-09 11:05:48

    Kalis has wonderfully captured the essence of what Alice is all about, she has caught the bound less extremes of the imagination and the Marvell of the lack of limits

  • friend
    dennis vysokikh | 2009-09-09 11:35:55

    The set is awesome! Bravo!!

  • friend
    nova mova | 2009-09-09 11:59:27

    i like it!!

  • friend
    Dana | 2009-09-10 00:28:02

    Truly amazing! What beauty and whimsy!

  • friend
    SCAQ Tony | 2009-09-10 00:45:48

    Very ambitious and each photo captures that "off-balance" world Alice visited. I blogged it for swimmer related audience it was so wonderful

  • friend
    ginger | 2009-09-11 18:34:40

    Wow !Stunning & Amazing. Had to relink you on my blog so others could see.

  • friend
    Nicki | 2009-09-12 03:26:28

    Magnificent and magnitising. I wanted more!

  • friend
    Samuel Jaime | 2009-09-15 06:12:05

    awe-inspiring.

  • friend
    Jairo Betancourt Αlvarez. | 2009-09-15 19:58:29

    Tenderly beautiful and inspiring lesson in fine photography; reminds me of Vladimir Nabokov's" LOLITA ", a sweet morsel for left handed boys. Thanks to the photographer and to Yatzer.

  • friend
    Alecca | 2009-09-16 03:02:30

    last december photographer Candice had done an underwater shoot for fresh2o , a water charity and I thought it was amazing. seeing Kalis' work i think underwater photography is simply magical....love this post.

  • friend
    denkym | 2009-09-18 04:02:05

    that just made my day. Thank you Elena!

  • friend
    Deadcat | 2009-09-18 16:45:08

    Fantatstic work and beautiful lighting

  • friend
    Aroma | 2009-09-22 00:12:07

    absolutely fabulous! I've always had a strange fascination with the novel. simply ingenious work! what camera did u use? if nybody knows what type of camera did the photographer use plz reply !

  • friend
    Elena Kalis | 2009-09-25 04:14:36

    Canon 5D.Thank you all for kind remarks!

  • friend
    Nhi | 2009-09-29 22:48:07

    These pictures are so beautiful! I love how they look so carefree and happy!!

  • friend
    Isa | 2009-10-10 10:31:10

    Great stuff... so whimsical and magical. Love it.

  • friend
    Tiffany | 2009-10-16 02:27:55

    this idea for alice in waterland is really amazing! i love how different it looks and its really unique.

  • friend
    TheAL | 2009-10-18 22:43:28

    Amazing shoot! Truly magical. :-)

  • friend
    Haleigh H. | 2009-10-21 22:49:52

    wow! i absolutely adore this shoot:) i want a pair of those socks.

  • friend
    Galiles | 2009-12-15 19:01:21

    Wow, this is amazing, your very creative. I love all of your work.

  • friend
    TV Shows | 2009-12-27 14:39:55

    Kalis has wonderfully captured the essence of what Alice is all about, she has caught the bound less extremes of the imagination and the Marvell of the lack of limits

  • friend
    Old Knitter's critiques of lilash reviews | 2009-12-28 06:07:29

    Woah! Words cannot express how awesome these photos are, especially the one where she's about to go through the mirror.

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    Jaxie Poppy jaxie Pop | 2009-12-28 08:26:08

    love this work playful lively a joy to look at inspiring :-)

  • friend
    kels | 2010-01-15 03:36:48

    of course these images are beautiful, but I just wanted to say that I'm really impressed with these young models..my neice won't hold still for a school photo, let alone being photographed underwater...

  • friend
    Energy | 2010-02-15 13:23:55

    Wouuu very high quality pics. Just amazing, I was stunned like for 5 minutes :) David

  • friend
    Mona | 2010-02-19 03:33:54

    These are amazing

  • friend
    Watch Anime Online | 2010-04-17 20:28:56

    Its great she has done good stuned in the water.

  • friend
    Charles Freeman | 2010-05-02 23:30:30

    awsome

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    Great looking photos and good collection.Keep up the good work.

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    telecharger sonnerie gratuite | 2010-05-25 10:06:36

    The blog is absolutely fantastic. Lots of great information and inspiration, both of which we all need. Thanks.

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    Carlton Woods Homes For Sale | 2010-06-06 18:56:55

    This is awesome. I wish this was around when I was a kid.

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    eternity rings | 2010-06-07 14:27:05

    It is very interesting article. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful article.

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    hindi movies | 2010-06-08 05:13:51

    what a beautiful Waterland and these pictures are really good.

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    There's much more to discuss on the issue. This is a great and very valuable information about this topic. Thank you very much for sharing ...

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    ghina | 2010-06-26 12:26:16

    waw,. it's very interesting photograph,. .amazing,.. look so beauty picture ^_^

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    Drenagem Linfática | 2011-03-21 23:14:25

    Lots of great information and inspiration, both of which we all need. Thanks....thanks !!!

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    Anica | 2011-11-24 22:52:48

    BEAUTIFUL !!! JUST BEAUTIFULLL!!

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    Paromita | 2013-04-17 23:19:57

    This kind of Photography needs a lots of patience and hard work. Most importantly great thinking. Handling kids underwater is not a easy job.
    Good work and keep it up.
    Best Regards
    Paromita

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    Emil John Leum | 2013-12-26 06:24:22

    I think those photos are so fantastic, I hope you made a video of it, I would love to buy it, I have been collecting the oldest, Alice in Wonderland " books I can find, most out of Europe, also, would love to buy the book, John

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