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.
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.
I’ve been wanting to do a series of iconography based around byzantine gilded imagery and illuminated manuscripts. My face is just wrong for this, but I have a lovely, much more genuine model in mind for this project. Here’s a test shot where I tried messing around with a lighting setup in my room (which was not ideal.) I should probably wait until morning to post this, because my eyes will have shifted color preferences by then, but I’m impatient and want to share now. Changes might yet occur.
Photography: Kelly Grzasko
Model: Danielle McDonnor
Hair: Crysta Foster
I only have a few more left to share from this shoot, and its feels like I’m reaching the end of a good book. There’s a sadness when you complete something so worthwhile. It feels like saying goodbye to a good friend. But, there are other stories to be told! If you enjoy my work please feel free to comment, like, and share, but don’t forget to credit.