Lexi Laine is based on the south coast of the United Kingdom and specializes in creating ethereal underwater photography in some of the most unique and pristine locations around the globe. Works responding to the human impact on the marine environment can be seen throughout the artist’s portfolio. Influences of historical painting, mythology and folklore can also often be found in her images. Lexi enjoys explorations of surreal contradictions, blurring boundaries and using photography as a means to create otherworldly, emotive art.
She has spent several years training as a freediver in order to extend the amount of time she can stay underwater. Rather than using scuba equipment, Lexi chooses instead to undertake all of her work on a single breath hold. More often than not her photographs depict a single female or multiple women, featuring highly skilled freedivers as the subjects.
Lexi studied BA Fine Art at UCA (University for the Creative Arts) Canterbury in 2001-2004 and since graduating has been building her career as a photographer and artist. In 2020 Lexi was awarded the winner of The Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize Photography Award.
Artwork Themes & Subject Matter
Lexi Laine enjoys exploring contrasts; creating images that portray the otherworldly beauty of natural underwater environments but often with elements that seem incongruous. She admires the aesthetic of baroque art and looks for techniques to make photography feel more painterly.
She believes that ocean conservation is one of the most pressing challenges that we face and through my work and explores the responsibility we have in protecting this part of our world. Lexi chooses to undertake all of these projects whilst freediving because it gives me a better connection with my models and with the environment in which I work.
Her photographs have been published in notable magazines and online sources including Art Seen Magazine, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Future Now, Candyfloss Magazine, Deep and Meaningful