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Private Launch: 17th October, 2013
EXHIBITION RUNS: 9th October – 9th November, 2013

This October, Imitate Modern in London’s Marylebone plays host to a world premiere event – the first opportunity to see the new exhibition from renowned Hollywood photographer Tyler Shields.

The gallery will exhibit a variety of never before seen images of Young Hollywood’s elite featuring stars like Lydia Hearst and Connor Paolo in a unique series entitled ‘Submerged’. The gripping underwater series was photographed at various sub aqua locations – from the sea and Grand Canyon lakes to the lowly bathtub. It took six months to complete, and was chosen as a theme by Tyler to really challenge himself and push his own boundaries.

The participants had to learn how to hold their breath underwater for as long as possible- Tyler being the longest at a whopping 4mins 30 secs! Morgan Peszko was second best excelling at 2mins 01secs. This made the shoot both difficult and excitingly dangerous. The girls wore giant ball gowns to really emphasise the flowing elegance underwater. These heavily weighed them down in the water, to the point that the girls wanted to burn the dresses when the shoot was over!

When asked what the inspiration was behind ‘Submerged’, Tyler said “Shooting underwater is very, very hard. This series is about showing my view of an underwater world. A lot of these photos look like they are taken in space. They feel other worldly. My goal was to create the most insane underwater series ever done.”

Immersed in the Hollywood scene, the L.A.-based photographer is the creative force behind the exhilarating “Suspense” series with Francesca Eastwood and Emma Roberts, Lindsay Lohan’s “prostitute” shoot and a sexy colour – war series called ‘Chromatic‘. Tyler offers his subjects freedom to let go in front of the
camera, and the results are always breath-taking.

The photographic provocateur Tyler Shields brings his never-before-seen series of enchanting underwater photographs to central London. “This city is the best place for an artist – it’s very supportive, allowing for creativity to blossom. After a long debate with the gallery, they convinced me to follow my gut and do the underwater shoot” – Tyler says.

Commencing this October, Imitate Modern will present Tyler’s ‘Submerged’ series that includes celebrities such as Peter Facinelli, Sarah Bolger and many more.


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