This series was photographed in a magical yet mysterious swimming hole that had been used by an ancient civilization for human sacrifice. Today it is used by swimmers for recreational swim. I’ve been returning to this spot to photograph the ever-changing cast of characters in this consistent pool.
The dark waters are deep below the earth’s surface and lit from above by a hole in the ground revealing sky and sunlight. When I look down on the swimmers in these inky waters, it is a bit like looking down the rabbit hole into another world. Sometimes it is an allegorical scene illustrating my subterranean dreams, other times I am a merely a voyeur, capturing the body politics and random scenarios, the contradictions of light and dark, levity and gravity, reality and revery, tribulations and joy and of course sinking and swimming.
Each time I return here, I am drawn in by these contradictions, the human conversations and the random choreography below.
Her exposure to the arts started as a child when she studied ballet with the New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theater, performing in the Nutcracker in Lincoln Center under the direction of George Balanchine. As a teenager, she switched her focus to the Visual Arts studying painting and design at the High School of Art & Design in NYC. She later received a BFA in Painting and Photography from SUNY at Purchase.
At Purchase, Francine studied photography with Jed Devine, Jan Groover, Laurie Simmons and Victor Schrager. She also completed a 1 year apprenticeship with sculptor Judy Pfaff.
After graduating, Francine worked as a first camera assistant and printer to Annie Liebovitz, Kelly Klein and Michel Comte, an invaluable experience which prepared her for a career in photography that has taken her around the world and allowed her to persue her artistic endeavors.
Her editorial work has appeared in National and International publications such as Vanity Fair. Italian Vogue, British Elle, Russian Architectural Digest, Conde Nast Traveler and Esquire Magazines. Her commercial clients have included Armani Exchange, Bloomingdales, Mercedes Benz and Starwood Hotels. Her personal work has been featured in publications such as The Telegraph, M Magazine du Monde, Harpers and Conde Nast Traveler.
A lifelong city girl, she moved to the beach with her family several years ago where she has been inspired by and in the water. She now divides her time between Sag Harbor and Brooklyn, NY.
Images are available as 13 x 19½" and 20 x 30" pigment prints made in editions of 10 + 2 AP's each. A selection of images are also available 27 x 40" made in editions of 5 + 2AP's. Prices range from $1200 to $2600 depending on size and availability.
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