i-D magazine for the description for Kate Bellm’s ‘Underwaterworld’ series?
“Wild, young, and naked” is how London-born photographer Kate Bellm describes her personal work, and her ongoing series, Underwaterworld, is a perfect example of that. In it, local models from Deia—the Spanish seaside town Kate now resides in—explore the aquamarine landscape and, sometimes, each other. In one photo, a lithe blonde kisses a fiery redhead, their bubbles sparkling above them, while in another, four young women swim through an opalescent ocean. The images look as if The Virgin Suicides, Splash, and Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room had a love child. But, as Kate explains, the series was inspired by her daily life: “I live in the forest, on a mountain by the sea, so I take what I have to work with to inspire me,” Kate says, “such as the flowers or water or rocks that surround my life.” In the interview below, Kate further discusses Underwaterworld, as well as her influences, nudity, and nature.