Fire . Air . Earth . Water

PhotographerRaisa Mar
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryPanama, Panama
Entry Description

Fire. Air. Water. Earth These four elements have been considered the foundations of the Earth to many religions and civilizations. Playing great importance in their believes. Many of the civilizations had Gods linked to each element; like Zeus for the Greek and Jupiter for the Romans as God of the Sky. Poseidon for the Greek and Neptune for the Romans representing Water, or Vulcan for the Romans as Fire. The Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, Ancient Chinese and Japanese; alike practitioners of Hinduism and Buddhism all had their own associations with the elements. Since long ago observations of the states of matter led to water being liquid, air – gas, fire – plasma, and earth – solid. In modern science all the elements are grouped by their state of matter into these four phases. In Astrology, the Zodiac signs are grouped into the four elements. Water being Scorpio, Cancer and Pisces. Earth is Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. Fire is Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. And Air is Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. The Chinese incorporate the unity of the five elements being Earth, Metal, Wood, Water and Fire into Philosophy, Metaphysics, Astrology, Astronomy and Ancient Chinese Medicine like Ayurveda. They even recommend arranging your house for increased harmony and prosperity in life according to the elements. In another culture, the Japanese perceive the Elements as Water being Liquid, Earth is Solid, Fire is Destruction and Air is things that move. With my abstract images; I connect and search for deeper meaning of the elements and find fascination in the patterns, colors and textures found in Nature.

About Photographer

Raisa Mar is a Panamanian Fine Art Abstract Photographer who specializes in shooting the elements: Fire, Air, Water and Earth. She also creates Contemporary Art and Installations from her abstract photographs. Believing in the power of photography to change the world for good. Her love for capturing images of the elements has led her to help in different causes related to them. For Water she helps marine life preservation and is organizing a day for water education with the United Nations of Panama. For Earth she has been a leading activist in the Organic Movement of Panama for the past 3 years where organic is still in its first stages. Panamanian Self-Taught Photographer. Sharing my way of seeing the world.