The Titan Prometheus was a clever trickster. He gave the human race the gift of fire and the skill of metalwork, an action for which he was punished by Zeus, who ensured for eternity that an eagle ate the liver of the Titan as he was helplessly chained to a rock. His liver would grow back, only the be eaten again the next day by an eagle.
Continuing the Divinity series, Sylvanus is the Roman god of woods and fields. He is the protector of forests and loves growing wild trees.
"So towards old Syluanus they did her bring;
Who with the noyse awaked, commeth out,
To weet the cause, his weake steps gouerning,
And aged limbs on Cypresse stadle stout,
And with an yvie twyne his wast is girt gud about."
~Edmund Spenser The Faerie Queene
Alseid: Nymph of the Grove is the latest addition to the Divinity series.
Alseid are nymphs of groves in greek mythology. They most likely inspired modern versions of elves. A groves is a small group of trees. Alseid appear along or in groups, unlike all other nymphs, who are solitary creatures. Alseid has a reputation as a prankster and a trickster, especial toward travelers.
Returning to portraiture and concepts after my dad's passing has been difficult. I appreciate those who have been willing to work with me to dig deep into some tough emotions in order to bring these concepts to life. The most recent concept is "The Angel of Death Mourns." This concept came to me when I thought about how uncomfortable the Western world is with grief. The expectation is that you "get over it" in a designated timeframe. The reality is that you never do get over it. The only way to understand grief, and I wouldn't wish this on anyone, is to go through it. Losing someone you are very close to is the only way to understand that the pain stays with you. You are forever changed. You may not cry as often as when it first happens, but it's always there, an undercurrent of sadness.
Taking the idea of "someone has to go through it to truly understand," I thought of the Angel of Death. What if she had to take the life of someone she was close to - someone she couldn't bear losing? Now, it would be different because this was someone who wasn't a stranger. All this time she'd taken her job for granted until it hit home.
Below are a few images from the concept. A big thank you to Brenna for digging deep and giving me the emotion of grief. I know that's a tough one to have to visit.
I am a Warren, MI based photographer.