Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Week 5 of The Divine Diptych Project-VANISHING

This is my Week 5 photograph for The Divine Diptych Project .  I was paired with the super talented Susan aka  The Melody Censory.  I was nervous because Susan has an incredible ability to transform herself into just about anything and anyone including me!  She surprised me with by doing these photographs as "Me" which blew my mind.  They can be found HERE and HERE.

For our diptych, we were given the theme of "Vanishing".  Susan painted her face white and made herself vanishing from dark to light into the background very dramatically.  I love how minimal her photograph is but how much impact it has.  I took the same theme and made myself "vanishing" into a bunch of greenery but I also wanted to add the twist of the world's sad vanishing green that we find today.  I think together, our photographs work from dark and detailed to light and stark. 

This was our Alternate.  I love how in this one I appear to be a fantastical headpiece coming from Susan's pale and vanishing face.  Check out her gorgeous blue eyes!
And, because I am famous for taking too many photos, I ended up doing a whole series on this theme which I call "Vanishing Botanical".  I will give you peek here.  It is time for me to get on with a new theme and a new diptych!  Week 6 is now!
For me, it is still hard to take these self portraits.  I wish I could fix so many things about my face, my body, blah, blah, blah.  But, the story I am trying to tell is much more important so I keep on going and use myself to tell it or the story will keep me up at night and bug me all day.  Finally, I give in and then I get some peace-until the next one starts to form...Sometimes I think that all art is like that-one has to create it because it won't leave you alone!  It is more about making it tangible and getting it out of your head so you can move on.  I hope that makes some kind of sense!

8 comments:

red-handed said...

*Someone* is playing Ophelia ... ;}

RowanDeVoe said...

ha red-handed! i hadn't thought of that at all! really! i was trying to hide and sink into this ivy and flowers. i have played ophelia many times though, but in freezing water(in rivers where i have turned blue-extra bonus! with real fleurs and dyed gowns to look like the original pre-raphaelite versions). i have even shrouded my bathtub which i thought would be great( i would stay warm!) and filled it with tons of roses, but crap, it got cold so fast! these photos were kind of muddy to take, but no cold water so easy peasy! ok, it is your turn to play ophelia. let's see your photos-please!
take care mister!

oldflowers4me said...

im loving every photo...what am i saying -i want to come and play dress ups at your house...love you.

Jennifer said...

You never cease to amaze me, Miss Minea!

m said...

These are such stunning photographs and gorgeous colours. You keep coming up with really beautiful and inspiring stuff.

睿玄 said...

先告訴自己希望成為什麼樣的人,然後一步一步實踐必要的步驟。........................................

The Josie Baggley Company said...

very Opheliaistic indeedy! love the cool colours they're very moonfilled

Carol Anne Strange said...

Stunning work, Merle! xx