The windswept drama of the carefully composed, haunting landscapes of Melbourne-based artist Lilli Waters (b. 1983) is interspersed with predominantly female figures whose incandescent skin, enshrouded in jewel-toned fabrics and illuminated by firelight, offsets the water-logged darkness of their surroundings. At first glance the photographs appear laden with doomed romance and a macabre eroticism. It is only on closer inspection that the viewer begins to glean a message of empowerment. The images are delicate and audacious, offering insight into the complexity of their inhabitants, just as the elemental background evokes a sense of foreboding. Waters challenges the conditioning of women in contemporary culture, which she attributes to an internalisation of sexism. Through her photographs, Waters encourages self-acceptance, emotional awareness and defiant celebration in her subjects and, subsequently, in herself.
— Art Aesthetica
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Melbourne-based Lilli Waters comes from a family line of women artists. Her mother is a well-regarded botanical artist, and her grandmother was a photojournalist during the Vietnam War and a former Australian of the Year. Both had a strong sense of social activism and a love for nature, and Lilli’s unusual upbringing instilled those same values in her.

Lilli was raised in a handbuilt, mudbrick home on a commune in New South Wales. There was no running water or electricity, but she had the bush as her closest companion throughout her young life. The urge to be close to water and the natural world has stayed with her ever since – and today, she expresses her connection through her fine art photography.

A Lilli Waters image has a painterly quality, with macabre or off-kilter elements enlivened by emotion, a sense of movement, jewel-like colours and deft use of light. Although her personal art practice explores many different subjects, an ongoing preoccupation is capturing women in landscape. With their identities hidden and glowing bodies melding into the natural world around them, they encourage the viewer to look twice, beneath the surface of the work. She photographs women to empower both them and herself, bringing forth their strength and raw, honest edges.

Lilli brings the power of her fine art photography to a diverse range of commercial and private commissions as well, which encompass fashion, portraiture, still life and interiors. Her work has been published in magazines such as Elle, Yen, Art Aesthetica, Vogue Living and Real Living, and her photographs featured in the Universal Pictures films Fifty Shades Darker in 2017 and Fifty Shades Freed in 2018. She was also invited to show works as part of the Venice Biennale Festival in 2017 and 2019 and created a self-portrait for the ABC Art Bites series: Mirror in 2018. Lilli is artistically represented by Curatorial & Co. and Modern Times.

With her friendly approach and creative thinking, she enjoys collaborating with other creatives and works with a selection of clients interested in creating beautiful, bespoke images.

Lilli is available for assignments in Australia and Internationally.



2019 Finalist, National Photographic Portrait Prize
2018 Finalist, Australian Photography Awards
2018 Finalist, Art Aesthetica Art Prize, UK
2018 Finalist, Contemporary Art Awards
2017 Top rated entries, Lens Culture Portrait Awards
2017 Finalist, National Still Life Award
2017 Finalist, Click 17 Photographic Art Prize, Brunswick St Gallery
2017 Semi-Finalist, Head On Portrait Prize, Museum of Sydney
2015 Semi-Finalist, Head On Portrait Prize, Museum of Sydney
2015 Top rated entries, Lens Culture Portrait Awards
2013 Finalist, Head On Portrait Prize
2013 Highly Commended, Qantas Soya Award
2012 Highly Commended, Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize
2012 Semi-Finalist x 2, Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize
2012 Highly Commended, Qantas Soya Award
2011 Winner, She Raw Focus Project People's Choice
2003 Best Photographic Folio, Photographic Imaging College
2001 Atom Awards, Finalist, Senior Secondary Music Video
2001 Diegesis Award, Winner of Secondary Music Video

SOLO Exhibitions

2019 Others Dream, Modern Times, Melbourne, VIC
2019 Things of Fire and Ash, Victoria Police Museum, Melbourne, VIC
2018 Coral Lands, Saint Cloche Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2017 Plastic Fish, Junior Space, Melbourne, VIC
2015 Anja, Red Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2013 Things of Fire and Ash, Victoria Police Museum, Melbourne, VIC, touring Nationally
2012 She Raw, Edmund Pearce Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2012 She Raw, Blak Dot Gallery, Melbourne, VIC


2019 National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, NSW, touring Nationally
2018 Summer Group Exhibition, Metro Gallery
2018 The Luxury of Landscape, Pilazzo Pandolfini, Tuscany, Italy
2018 The Last Line of Defence, Besser Space, Melbourne
2018 Candyland for CanTeen Art Auction, NAB Graduate Fundraiser, Melbourne
2018 Hyper, 222 Roslyn Gallery, Melbourne
2018 Contemporary Art Awards finalists, online group exhibition
2017 - 2018 STILL, National Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW
2017 Her Way, 5 Rankins Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2016 BlümchenSex, Palmengarten, Frankfurt, Germany
2016 Phantom Paradise, Saint Cloche Gallery, Sydney
2015 Keeping Company: Saltwater, Manly Art Gallery, Sydney
2015 Unreal, Head On Photo Festival, M2 Gallery, Sydney
2015 ANJA Pop-Up Exhibition, Leonard St, Melbourne
2014 Finalists, Head On Photo Festival, Sydney
2013 Stockroom, Carbon Black Gallery, Melbourne
2013 Art in Mind, The Brick Lane Gallery, London
2013 Head On Photo Festival, State Library of NSW
2013 The Kinglake Project, The Cube Gallery, Melbourne
2012 SUB 1000, Carbon Black Gallery, Melbourne
2012 Kodak Salon, CCP, Melbourne
2012 Doug Moran House Contemporary Photographic Exhibition, NSW, touring Nationally
2011 The Collective, Off The Kerb Gallery, Melbourne
2010 Snapshot 10/10, Carbon Black Gallery, Melbourne



2018 Gift to Charity, NAB Major Graduate Fundraiser, Candyland for CanTeen
2018 Gift to Charity, Reef Defence & Sea Shepherd Australia Charity Art Auction
2018 Featured Artist, Documentary ABC series Art Bites: Mirror
2018 Radio interview 2SER 107.3FM So Hot Right Now
2017 Works featured in the Universal Pictures films Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed
2015 Gift to Charity, The Hands Down Project, Domestic Violence Resource Centre of Victoria
2012 - 2015 Fund raising for The White Ribbon Foundation, Anja and She Raw Exhibitions
2015 Anja Book Launch
2013 Guest Speaker, Semi-Permanent Creative Global Conference, Melbourne and Brisbane
2013 - 2017 Guest Speaker, Photographic Imaging College, Melbourne
2012 She Raw - The 41 Women's Portraits Book Launch, Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive



2018 The Design Files
2018 Vogue Living
2018 The Design Files
2018 Hunter & Folk
2018 Lost at E Minor
2018 We Are Scout
2018 The Daily Telegraph
2018 Backyard Opera
2017 Irisi Magazine
2017 Hunter & Folk
2017 Peppermint Magazine
2017 The Design Files
2017 The Design Files 'Australian Homes' 
2016 Yen Magazine
2016 Label Magazine, Poland
2016 Studio Home
2016 Fubiz, France
2016 Gooood, China
2016 Trendland, USA
2016 Juxtapoz Magazine, USA
2016 Plain Magazine
2016 I Need A Guide
2016 Looks Like Film
2015 Aesthetica Magazine
2015 Melbourne Arts Club
2015 Yen Magazine
2015 Australian Arts Review
2015 Pop.Edit.Lit.
2015 The Northsider
2015 Tweed Daily News
2015 Shockblast
2014 Interviews Aloud
2014 GorgeousArtgirl
2014 The Quiet Front
2014 Spook Magazine
2014 Fstoppers
2014 iGNANT Magazine, Germany
2014 Thisispaper Magazine, Poland
2014 GUP Magazine
2014 Worbz
2013 S O S H A L L W O R K
2013 Australian Infront
2013 File Magazine
2013 Flanelle Magazine
2013 Shockblast
2013 My Modern Met
2013 File Magazine, UK
2013 Studio Home, New Zealand
2013 MilkBar Magazine
2013 Clik Clik, France
2012 We Are Selecters
2012 Art Collector
2012 Acclaim Magazine
2012 Beautiful Savage
2012 Frankie Magazine
2012 EBCult, U.S.A
2012 Interviews Aloud
2012 Empty Kingdom, U.S.A
2012 The Age
2012 Empty Kingdom, U.S.A
2012 Studio Home, New Zealand
2012 Eat Read Love



2018 Capture Magazine Sep/Oct issue
2018 Noblesse China Magazine, Photo Essay Nature & Human Beings
2018 Future Now, 100 Contemporary Artists from the Aesthetica Art Prize
2017 Das Magazin, Germany
2017 The Opéra Magazine, Vol. VI, Germany
2017 The Age, Sunday Life
2016 Yen Magazine, Issue 83, Pistil 
2016 Australian House & Garden Magazine, July
2016 Yen Magazine, Creative Issue 83, Floral
2015 Tallulah Magazine, UK
2015 Aesthetica Magazine, Interview, Issue 67
2015 Cover, Waave + Dada Magazine, Vol 5, Issue 5
2015 Melbourne Observer
2015 Blink Magazine, Issue 42
2015 Elle Magazine Australia, Interview, August Issue
2014 Elegant Magazine, Oct Issue, USA
2014 Fuss Magazine, La Vie En Rose April Issue
2014 Fuss Magazine, Beautiful Boudoir Feb Issue
2014 Daphne programme for La Monnaie, Belgium
2014 Book Cover, Deeper Water, Jessie Cole
2014 Book Cover, La Sage Femme, Katja Kettu, France
2014 Blink Magazine
2014 Yen Magazine Issue 71, Old Cotton
2014 The Opera Magazine Issue III, Germany
2014 Kai'outi Magazine
2014 The Issue Magazine
2013 Spook Magazine
2013 Peppermint Magazine Issue 14
2013 Yen Magazine Issue 62, Black Saturday
2013 Minx Magazine
2013 Frrresh Magazine Issue 11
2013 Fuss Magazine
2013 Rattapallax Magazine, USA
2013 Fine Line Magazine, USA
2013 The Modern and Contemporary Art, France
2013 Fashion Trend Magazine
2012 Yen Magazine Issue 56, I Am Woman