Fairy Tales & other Stories

Through self-portraiture, this series invites the viewer into a world of imagination and fairytales.The images depict a fantasy land in which the figure is caught in a moment of isolated contemplation. It is a mirror to personal inner experience, a visual recreation of the unconscious, like a half forgotten dream that articulates emotion rather than action. Inside my dreams, I am someone else. I create characters, like alter egos, presented as recognizable archetypes. The figure inside the image often looks away from the viewer, the face hidden by the turn of the body or by a mask. I hope that viewers will imagine themselves within a fairytale, and interpret the narrative of the image as one might interpret a fairytale, searching for hidden meaning inside the story.

This series speaks to life in the 21st Century, a time when we are constantly bombarded with noise, information and moving images. Still imagery, by contrast, allows us to shut out the noise and hear ourselves. I use photography both to escape and to convey the overwhelming nature of our modern reality. The pastoral setting of this work recalls a simpler time, while reminding us of humanity's attempt to conquer the enormity of nature. I draw on themes in classic fairytales - beauty, chastity, and passivity - not as a comment on post-feminism, but as an expression of a more universal experience. My aim with the use of folklore is to suggest the continuity of the human condition: outside, the physical world changes with dizzying speed; inside, our cerebral world remains timeless.

Sleeping Beauty, 2008
Off the Wall, 2007
A Mad Tea Party with Alice, 2011
Vesta, 2008
Narcissus, 2008
Yellow Brick Poppy Fields, 2008
The Quest, 2010
Ophelia, 2008
Waiting in Tower, 2008
Slumber, 2007
Fairie Catching, 2008
Lady of the Lake, 2007
Flora, 2008
Briar Rose, 2009
Mermaid, 2010
Mnemosyne, 2007
Stones & Water, 2008
Sailing Away, 2008
Icarus Fallen, 2007
Allegory of the Cave, 2007
Snow in the Woods, 2007
Classics, 2009
Reading, 2008

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