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Levitation

halloween

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.

Chasing rainbows

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Chasing Rainbows: I’ve been wanting to explore the OZ theme for sometime, so it was to my great fortune that my new friend Ashley showed up with a Dorothy costume in hand! The Oz series is, to me, the quintessential American Fairy tale.  Oz represents escapism, while Kansas is the epitome of mundane, and the very tumultuous experience, represented by the twister, is the necessary catalyst for change in order to escape the cycle of habit and familiarity.  In this image, I wanted the colors and light to feel like that eerie light before a tornado: an uncomfortable and even sickening yellowish-green. At the same time, we have our heroine frantically running across the claustrophobic, grassy landscape, which is speckled by solid objects of civilization (the power lines). However, in this scene, she is not running from the twister, but rather towards the rainbow which seems to almost disappear very faintly in the distance. Perhaps it is like chasing dreams that seem to fade, and the urgency we feel to run towards that adventure, hoping to leave all that we know behind.

Just Business as usual

Justin performs his magic at bachelorette parties and other events, so we wanted to produce some images to appeal to that market. I wanted to create images that were revealing without the images coming across as obvious or vulgar.( I guess I could go off on a soapbox about a general lack of artistry in modeling portfolios, though usually its with female models being crudely photographed in submissive and diminutive positions.) I think he displays a lot of vulnerability as an actor and model, while at the same time bringing an intensity that is very engaging with the camera. I think the viewer is affected by this with intrigue- rather than dismissal as shallow or blatant objectification.

Magic and Mystery

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We met early, planning to enter an abandoned building for our photo shoot in Knoxville. I’m always out in search of new locations, and as of last week the place I’d found was still open enough to sneak inside. However, when I arrived on the scene the other morning I found the building boarded up from the outside, and had to act quickly knowing that Justin was making a 3 hour drive to be here. But, I knew of another location, one that was unassuming from the outside, but had wonders untold on the inside. It was as simple as conferring with the management and getting the go ahead to use the space. I’m not sure we were working within the parameters of the space they’d permitted, but no harm was done and the photos look amazing. This is just the first round of edits and there will be more to come! Photography: Kelly Grzasko Model: Justin Merker