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Connie Imboden summons her images from the deep. Her cryptic underwater photos ask the viewer to discern body parts from glances of eerily illuminated ribbons of sinewy flesh. She shoots in her backyard swimming pool in pitch darkness, snapping away as nude models glide under and over the surface. She dissects the human figure with lenses: The water surface serves as a plane that divides bodies into fractions, showing some skin but totally obscuring the rest. Imboden uses the surface as a mirror, too, and plays up the refractive qualities of the water to further distort her skinny-dippers. Skin has the texture of electron-microscope views in her large, silver-gelatin prints. Tweaking light sources above and below the water, Imboden allows the viewer to see only as much of the figure as she sees—there’s no Photoshop at work in her spectral productions. The exhibition is on view from noon to 6 p.m. (see City List for other dates) at Heineman Myers Contemporary Art, 4728 Hampden Lane, Bethesda. Free. (301) 951-7900. (Kriston Capps)

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