Fireflies and Candlelight

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I’m excited about this image. I didn’t know where I was going with it, and this is the result. I chose birthday candles because they seemed fresh, and also because I have an impending birthday. I like my birthday, and I associate it with rebirth, and renewal.  It is a day that is my own. I associate its astrology and numerology with my being.

I suppose it is unclear whether the candles are moving forward or backward in time and space, and thus more symbolically where the years are going? The obvious is that they are moving downstream, progressing as time and water must flow, but where do they emerge and where do they go? Its almost as if her hand is releasing them, and not collecting them. I like the confusion in the image. It is much like time and life itself. Though the laws of nature are set, the path is unclear.

 

Moonlight

SNIFFNW“Come little children I’ll take thee away, into to a land of enchantment” – E.A. Poe

My buddy Renee and I have been wanting to do a photoshoot since forever ago. Now we finally made it happen. I really liked the fact that there was a dead tree in the background. Normally, I’d try to clear the obstruction from view, but in this case, I felt it added to the rawness of the scene so I purposefully directed the camera towards it.

I had to shoot this with a long timer (15 seconds) so Renee had to hold still in order for me to capture her clearly while the river moved around her. This was taken nearly at sunset, so I’ve taken it a step further in the editing process.

I think it looks magical, even if it isn’t perfect. Its about trying to do better.

Just Around the River Bend

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Donna perfectly embodies the regal Disney character of Pochahontas

I am beyond thrilled at how perfect this is.

Hair/Makeup/Model: Donna

Photography: Kelly Grzasko

A soft, but dreamy focus

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I’m realizing how long it has been since I posted my work on here, and its frankly shocking how long I can defer from something that I enjoy so much.

The good news is that since my last post I’ve been able to purchase a new computer (A LIFE SAVER!!) through the generous donations of a few kind friends, and my parents (my largest single patron!) who are so lovely, and have enabled me to grow artistically, despite my lack of presentation on social media. I have this love/hate relationship with sharing my work. I want to share, but I don’t want to value what I do off of the reaction or lack thereof of others.

I’ve been in school for the past several months (18 credits!) and making a concerted effort toward working in the visual arts field, applying for work that could somehow connect me to the work I love (and get paid for it!). In particular, I’ve been studying videography, and have learned a bit about television production, sound production, and editing. I’ve even taken on some pro bono projects. I’ve also taken on two internships in which I’d have the opportunity to be given projects to challenge my creativity. I don’t know if working in a non profit, or even corporate setting is my ‘dream’ work, but then I have so many interests, and anything can seem like a learning opportunity.

This photoshoot was such a pleasure. My friend Jacie had shared images from a sunflower field that had been cropping up in posts from Knoxville for the past several years, and when I commented on her instagram post she’d confirmed its location. I immediately thought of Donna, as she’s so lovely and has that perfect blend of soft exotica that I wanted to convey in this field of sunflowers.

So here are some of the first images from our shoot – which was later followed up by some cosplay!! And finally, I’m going to attempt to put together my first music video promo for a model. These are my intentions!

I hope you have been well, and will stay tuned for more work.

Much Love,

 

Kelly

Levitation

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I’ve been wanting to do something creepy for Halloween, and came up with this composite. I’m very fascinated by the idea of the spirit and out of body experiences also known as astral projection. On the one hand, I have difficulty believing in such things as angels and demons, yet the fear of possession and the loss of a soul seems very real to me. How can I have a fear of something that I don’t necessarily believe in?

For something a little different

I’ve been wanting to do some religious icon based imagery. In this case, we created the headpiece and decided on a traditional palate of gold, red, white, blue and black, though, as you can see from the edits I also played around with green. I like how in this series the model/character is not merely a representation of any single goddess or saint, but rather she seems to be a modern amalgamation of characters, religions and cultures. On the right, you’ll notice two alternative edits. The lower one is based in some traditional imagery, the rose – so often depicted with Mary lending its symbolism.

Apples aren’t what they ought to be

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I have to wonder at the symbolism presented by the tree and apple scene in the Wizard of Oz. Perhaps it is a suggestion that as strange as things in the land of Oz might seem, they can always get weirder. Personally, I’ve always been attracted to the apple, I appreciate its tactile qualities as well as its deeply rooted symbolism in our subconscious. Universally, It is strongly tied to beginnings, and to change. In this event, I like to believe that it is also connected to the folly of youth. The apple, as tasted by Eve, bears the wisdom of age, but conversely the loss of innocence. Our childlike Dorothy clumsily reaches out for the apples; struggling to satiate that youthful curiosity.

Photography

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