William Douglas is one of the 50 best emerging photographers for 2015, as voted by the eight-member international jury for the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2015. Here is his winning entry and artist’s statement. View his profile to learn more about him and to see more of his great work.

In these photographs, we find water (in its many different forms) as a central theme because of its importance to biological growth and survival for all living organisms. With this central preoccupation in mind, this series attempts to raise questions about both science and religion.

I work in the tradition of an “on the road” artist highlighting commonplace occurrences in Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, and Puerto Rico. I use an image or a sequence of images to communicate universal concepts of life, love, and death. In addition to more traditional approaches, I use color gradients—some captured with a camera, others digitally fabricated from my pictures—to comment on how colors are perceived.

Coastal regions, that are accustomed to deterioration of their landscapes (due to severe weather), have an aura that is prominent for making images of this kind.

—William Douglas