In his new series “ELEMENTS”, photographer Greg Watts represents the 4 Classical Elements: earth, water, air, fire. The Greeks were the first to define the original 4 elements, around 450 BC. It was later suggested by Plato that there was a 5th element, aether – “there is the most translucent kind which is called by the name of aether.”
Many ancient cultures have versions of the Classical Elements. Tibetan, Babylonian, Chinese, Japanese, Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic philosophies all have various representations of these elements – earth, water, air, fire, aether, space, wind, void, heat, cold, dryness, moisture, metal, wood, space, qi and consciousness, to name a few.