Gisèle A. Lubsen is a Dutch born photographer and founder of G.A.L Photography, a creative photography agency based in Los Angeles, CA. Gisèle’s photographs have been exhibited and published in The Netherlands, France, Greece, Switzerland and the United States.
Specializing in conceptual underwater photography during the last eight years, Gisèle’s work focuses on feminine and male archetypes in mythology, fairy tales, storytelling and history. Exploring these narratives, Gisèle produced the photographic & video installation fine art series Undercover Goddesses, Displaced Fairytales, Watermark, Amazons, Katharsis and Drifting Déjà Vu, all of which pay homage to the eternal strength of women and men in imagination and in real life, highlighting both the wonderful and the uncanny nature of narrative in culture. Her underwater compositions create powerful images, which are often as surreal, timeless, and questioning as the stories they represent.
Gisèle has produced riveting iconic images in which she describes an ambiguous zone in which the primeval medium touches upon the oneiric as a boundary between life and death. By exploring these themes underwater, Gisèle creates another reality, humanizing her subjects by presenting them out of their usual context. The resulting photographs create fictive realities within the surreal world of the aqueous environment. While considering the subject out of the usual context, the viewer is able to experience human achievement, vulnerability and power along with the fluidity and preciousness of time, becoming truly aware of memento mori.
Gisèle holds a Master’s degree in Fine Arts and Photography from Otis School of Art and Design in Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Art degree in Art History from the American University of Paris and a BA in photography from Parsons School of Art and Design. She is fluent in five languages and has lived in The Netherlands, Greece, Cyprus, Switzerland and France.
She currently resides in Santa Monica, California.
Gisèle’s book Watermark, is available through Kapon Publications, Athens, Greece.