Alexander James pays homage to the still life works of the 17th century Dutch Masters. James uses period props, food and real insects that form his carefully constructed tableaus. James breeds the butterflies as well as grows all of the flora and fauna which feature in his works. These still life scenes are all created underwater and documented with a single photograph. James uses a technique which he calls ‘painting with light’. This refers to a meticulous process disturbing the waters surface tension, rippling light across the subject using paintbrushes or his bare hands. He does this whilst exposing onto the camera film. This subtle distortion of light & movement from the waters kinetic energy creates a unique and painterly effect. The final images are free from all post-production methods, either traditional or digital.