The Diptycha (“Best Of” project from early 2017)
White models: Michelle R. as hip hop icon and Melissa P. as tribal queen
Black models: Aisha with her daughter (Madonna Sistina), Jenni (Mona Lisa/Girl with a Pearl Earring) and Tekisha (Belle/Aurora)
These women are not waiting for any pale prince to save them. They follow their dreams and are their own knights. What about you?
Rear Window (models: Michelle R. & David Kaduk)
January 4, 2017; model/make up: Michelle R. ; horses: Ostwind and Cinderella; photography and post-production: KyprisAthina; Concept/styling “Rivendell?” – KyprisAthina; concept/styling “soldier”: Michelle; 1000 thanks to Vivian and Sabine (horse owners and the most helpful assistants one could wish for); work in progress.
Con-Fusion, 2016: When Eve seduces the snake and a little girl with a red riding hood tames the bad, bad wolf… Each night a new tale. A fairy tale? CON-FUSION.
EUROPE OR AFRICA? ANIMAL OR HUMAN? BEAUTY OR BEAST? GOOD OR EVIL? HEROINE OR PRINCESS? MALE OR FEMALE? ANIMAL COMPANION OR ALTER EGO? MADONNA OR ORIENTAL BEAUTY? ARABIAN NIGHT OR EUROPEAN FAIRY TALE? DREAM OR REALITY? DOES IT MATTER?
Night by night, wise Scheherazade completes her web of a thousand and one tales…
Green: Once upon a time a beautiful young woman was quite tired of every day’s life in paradise. After seducing a talking snake to eat a special apple, she finally found her way out… [visual/conceptual inspiration: Eva / Snow White]
Blue: Once upon a time a little mermaid was bored. She, being her own djinn, created herself a pair of legs and shoes to spend her time with humans. Unfortunately she became bored by their company even more very soon, so she threw away her shoes and went back to the beach. Before diving into the water, a beautiful boy followed her, bringing her shoes with him. “Keep them!”, the mermaid said, and left into the sea to swim and sing with the dolphins. [visual/conceptual inspiration: Aladdin / Cinderella / the Little Mermaid]
Pink & Black: Once upon a time a very intelligent and beautiful young princess fell asleep and had wonderful dreams on a flying carpet, after she had decided to prick her finger on the thorn of a lovely beast’s magical rose. Why? To always remain in the company of her beloved beast, which did not look very beautiful, but had the sweetest heart one can imagine (very unlike the beautiful but stupid and heartless prince, whom she was originally supposed to marry). After the beast’s awakening kiss they looked alike, and no one would ever dare (nor find it necessary at all) to separate two beasts. True beauty now lies well hidden inside them, invisible to the majority of people, and they lived happily ever after. [visual/conceptual inspiration: Dracula / the Beauty and the Beast / Sleeping Beauty]
Red: Once upon a time a courageous girl did not need any prince or huntsman to save her, because she was able to cope with beasts herself. After taming the wolves she chose them as her company and followed them into the woods. [visual/conceptual inspiration: Red Riding Hood / Snow White]
… and everyone is still wondering if the princess’ animal companion made it into the fairy tale or if he has found a way out of it. Still, that huge dog was not there in the beginning. By the way, the Sultan has not been seen any more for almost three years now, just like he had vanished into air. What a curious case!
Indian Summer (Pocahontas 2.0)
There are probably a thousand inspiration sources for my photographic work, but talking about my life, most likely nothing was as inspiring as Disney’s Pocahontas. Captions quoted from the lyrics of “Listen to your heart”, “Just around the riverbend” and “Colors of the wind”, Disney’s Pocahontas OST Alan Menken / Stephen Schwartz; As you might now, my photo shoots are usually carefully planned. This was a spontaneous, additional “Mini-Shoot” done at the same day (well, at one of our two shooting days…) as our Black-or-White photo shoot. The idea I got when preparing the clothes in the morning of the regular photo shoot. Photo series from August 13, 2016; concept, photography, styling and post production: KyprisAthina; model & make up: Michelle R. (facebook page)