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Apples aren’t what they ought to be


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.

Blue Steel

Photography: Kelly Grzasko        Model: Justin Merker

Despite the Title of this post, Justin clearly shows versatility as a model.





On the last day of 2013, I set myself to commit to follow through and stick-to-it-ivity with my art. I have been thinking a lot about what inspires me, snd the questions and thoughts I think about life.

I want to create worlds from my imagination, to capture the ponderings of existence that are mine alone, and yet common to others. That’s what this is about. This is the first in my series “Mortes Des Femmes” which will be further understood as it is developed.

This image is about innocence; the beauty of it, and a desire to hold onto this moment in life. I came to a crossroads this year that had me thinking a lot about age. I suppose its a crossroads that we all will come to, at one or even several times in our lives. I think for me, I felt like I was no longer a child, and yet I was not yet a woman. Or at least I was not ready to own up to that status yet. I wanted so desperately to cling on to that youth, to never let it end because of how beautiful it had been. And yet, looking back on it- I think it was so fragile at the same time.

The image had intent, but I believe there is much to reflect upon in any creation. I will understand it more with time.

If there were a moment you could ‘freeze’ in time, to live for eternity when would it be?