Aldara Ortega: Dive In, a Photography Exhibition at Galerie l’Atelier in Chelsea




Aldara Ortega, “One Love”, 2018, Photograph, 46″ x 57″ Framed. Image courtesy of the Gallery.

Galerie l’Atelier presents the photography exhibition “DIVE IN” by Aldara Ortega in their Chelsea space in New York City. The show features a collection of female underwater portraits. Through a submerged feminine eye, we are presented with unique stories from four diverse women.

Aldara Ortega takes us down to the depths of the waters and uses that underwater moment to create unique connections. With her camera, she captures the story of her muses and their particular essence through their actions.

Aldara Ortega, Who Am I, 2014, 40″ x 40″. Image courtesy of the Gallery.

In the photos, the interaction between women and water becomes a dance, underlined by the whirling fabric. Ortega looks at the female body as an energy of life, as they become aware of the present moment freed by the water element.

Aldara Ortega, a self taught photographer based in New York City, over a  decade ago, she began experimenting with the underwater world to find an  escape from urban life. Her work is a visual journey of self-discovery,  freedom and pure expression of the body, mind, and heart. It is the result of  the transformational experience of being submerged in water, letting go and  reconnecting with the raw, liberated, inner self.

Through her underwater portraits of women, she builds an intricate  storyline of personal narratives offering the viewer glimpses of her personal  search to honor the feminine. She invites you to intimately connect with the  work and elicit feelings of strength, boldness, sensuality,  liberation and empowerment.

“Plunging into an underwater world, I allow the inherent power to take over and start to explore. Submerged, my photography brings this exploration to life focusing on the strength and beauty of feminine energy, celebrating women and their bodies. I invite the viewer to connect with me, be present in the moment, perceive things differently and appreciate light, motion and feeling.”…. Aldara Ortega

Aldara Ortega: Dive In will be on view from June 10 to July 24, 2021 at Galerie l’Atelier, 520 West 23rd Street, NYC.

While you’re there, step next door to Fremin Gallery ~ Yeji Moon: Paper Towns on view June 10 to July 24, 2021.