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Breathtaking Siamese Fighting Fish Portraits Resemble Colorful Clouds of Ink in Water


Visarute Angkatavanich is a Thai photographer, famous for creating beautiful, close-up portraits of colorful Siamese fighting fish. Also known as betta, this domesticated species is native to the Mekong basin of Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand. Despite their aggressive nature, Angkatavanic’s latest series, named Betta Paradiso, captures the betta’s breathtaking beauty as it gracefully swims like a dancing ballerina.

Shot against black or white backgrounds, Angkatavanic’s pictures highlight the species’ vibrant colors, sweeping tails, and flowing fins. Angkatavanic’s portfolio covers a wide range of Siamese fighting fish in a variety of colors, from pearlescent white to multicolored or fiery red. In some pictures, they do not appear like fish at all, but instead like snapshots of flowing pieces of silk or swirling clouds of colorful ink suspended in water. It is only when the viewer spots an eye or a flash of iridescent scales that Angkatavanic’s freshwater subjects are unveiled.

If you are in Singapore, you can visit the Betta Paradiso series at the temporary exhibition, named Beauty of Betta, until September 23, 2018. Also, you can purchase the full series as a book via the Pixniq website.

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