So, 2015 is going to be the year that I actually stay on top of posting here… I am terrible at writing regularly, probably because I spent 8 years in high school and college writing and was pretty over it by the time I was done. But, seeing as that was 15 years ago (holy hell… I can’t believe its been so long!) I figure its time for me to get back into it.
Last year was a pretty rough year and when it ended I was pretty excited to see it go. When it started, I was very excited to pursue my new fine art concepts for The Female Archetype Project and to do a bit of traveling. I was disappointed with the outcome on both of those fronts. Other than the trip I made with my husband to Portland, OR last February, we pretty much didn’t leave MA, and my lofty goal to shoot 20 or more concepts for the Female Archetype Project fell quite short as I only produced about a half dozen images. We moved to Salem, MA in October, and it was probably the best move we could have made from a creative and general-life-happiness perspective. This winter has been rough though, as it has been for most New Englanders… but it hit me unexpectedly hard because it was more difficult to see friends and family since they live much farther away now and also because I wasn’t running my husband’s business anymore, I was also not leaving the house, and wasn’t really interacting with many other human beings. That was pretty much a recipe for disaster with my creative process.
So, here we are, close to the end of the winter and I’ve started to meet some local folks and my brain is starting to right itself. I have decided to expand the Archetype Project to explore more than just female mythology, so it will now include male characters as well. I have been renewing my obsession with comparative religions/mythologies and I am fascinated by how many stories repeat from culture to culture, even amongst groups that have no obvious connections geographically or historically. I am excited to start the expansion as soon as the snow melts and I’m in the midst of the insane amount of planning it will take to pull a very epic shoot together to explore a ubiquitous character and the many tales that he is featured in.
To wrap this up, I am hoping to blog a few times a week, so keep your eye peeled for more posts. I am planning to release some behind-the-scenes videos, photoshop tutorials, and the many tales that will come with the photoshoots that are on the books already in the coming months. And to tide you over until the next post, I’ll leave you all with a few shots from a recent day of fun I had with a local model, Charlie Vagabond, and a photographer/model/adventurer Grace, from Fading Grace Photography. We had a great day of playing dress up and created some fun images that I am quite in love with. Enjoy!
MUA: Crissy Zarbano
Charlie’s corset: Jane’s Corsets
Charlie’s Vest: Redfield Design
Feather Mohawk and Distressed Armband: Discord Industries