Amy Li | Dark Water
Amy Li’s Dark Water speaks to certain environmental concerns as well as the transformative and fragile qualities of water.
“Water has dual qualities that resonate with me. It is a source of life but when it is diluted with pollutants, it becomes poison to all life. This kind of vulnerability interests but also terrifies me. Water, with its vulnerabilities, is also an extremely powerful force. With climate change, glaciers are melting and that results in rising sea levels and bigger natural disasters.”
The series, all shot in studio, was created by photographing items of trash collected in her neighborhood. She had the idea for the series after walking in the city after a blizzard and noticed the large puddles of dirty water forming from the once pristine snow.
"Dark Water is essentially about survival and it's transformative qualities. Within my photographic practice, tension is on the forefront. I like creating tension in my work because the friction creates additional layers to it's messages. While this project conveys the hidden realities of water, it also gives a nod to the idea of gentrification. The coffee shop receipt and dried eucalyptus leaves floating next to a plastic dime bag tell you a lot about the neighborhood I live in."
Amy Li is a photographer based in Brooklyn New York.