Simone Stoll, "Ocean kinder"


A series of digital photographs, 2013
Water is a recurring element in my work; in a previous photo series the reflection of leaves on water wraps the female body (series ‘She Rises’). Equally, many of my videos introduce water; water is life and death, it cleanses, soothes and takes the human back to the source of all life.
The initial spark to this photo series were children that I photographed one hot summer day by a basin of a water fountain in Florida. I was drawn to their playfulness, their sudden mood changes and most of all to their presence. They were fully living the moment, pleasure, fear, apprehensiveness, surprise; they were one-to-one with the element and with themselves.
I chose pictures of children that depict an emotional state of being and transposed them then from the urban environment to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Their expressions resonate with memories and emotions we all carry deeply inside us.