Well, I've finally wrapped up shooting/working for 8 consecutive days and just as I thought I was going to allow myself to rest, I ended up editing for the entire weekend. Of course I did. ::laughs::Anyway.
This is my first shoot of the year and was inspired by a 48 line poem I wrote about 6 months ago by the same name.
I will be sharing that poem at a later date (as part of a very exciting and atmospheric project).
Essentially the poem tells the story (the myth) of a woman named Cattleya who lives within a world that is no longer alive. This is her choice as it's a place she lost a loved one, and so she stays within this empty, lifeless, ageless, frozen bog to remain close with him. To do this, however, she has to die as well (in a sense). Her bouquet was made from wetland materials and we weaved cobwebs into her hair. I made the wreath from materials that could be found within a bog and that I thought could pull subtle colors into a very muted palette.
While my model was here, the weather (which has been much lower than 0 degrees for much of the winter) let up a bit and just barely allowed us to shoot.
On location work will always be my very favorite, so we hiked out to a semi frozen (and very large) bog. The day we shot these particular pieces it was about 25 degrees, but with the gusting wind, it ended up feeling about 14 degrees.
I hope you enjoy!
More notes below the pics, and one favor I always ask, please feel free to look, but please be mindful of copyright, and don't swipe. ;)
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The Myth of Cattleya...
For those who dislike watermarks, these pieces can be viewed (in full screen mode) on my website where you will also be able to see in better detail the spiderwebs in front of her face and the mist that she fades into.
Thank you all for stopping by and for your continued support in my creative endeavors.
More work coming very soon from another shoot taken during those 8 days ;)
Ashley | Bottle Bell
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