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I developed an interest in mythology when I was in grade school, and it was something I read about on and off for years. Heck, it was one of the things Andy and I bonded over when we first started dating. Granted most my time was spent on the Greek and Egyptian pantheon, but the moment I saw this series on Slavic deities by Marcin Nagraba (styled by costume designer Agnieszka Osipa) I felt that yen to dive back into the mysterious world of mythology and lore all over again.
I liked how a number of these images are a little dark and creepy, especially considering that the Byzantine explorers describe the ancient Slavs as “worshipers of thunder and earth,” which, while impressive, does seem like it would be anything but golden harps and sparkles. Also, as I am scrolling through these, the apparel designer in me is well… almost salivating over some of these gorgeous pieces. The intricate details and elaborate combinations make me think back to the days where I spent all the time I should have been taking notes doodling princess clothes in the margins.
All images from here.
Artist Isabelle Chapuis teamed up with Duy Anh Nhan Duc to collaborate on a series of flower enhanced portraits. The first being”Dandelion” and the second called “Etamine”. The artists have some really beautiful philosophies and ideas that lead to the gorgeous images below, and you can read all about it in the original article and see more of portraits on Issabelle’s website, but I want to take a step back and tell you what my first thought was when I saw these images.
As soon as I opened the article, I had a flash back to a much younger me, hunting around my backyard for the ever present dandelion weeds. We weren’t really sod or landscaping people; we kept the grass mowed…most of the time, but that was it. I remembered the delight I felt when I would find a stalk with its downy head still intact, how I would close my eyes tight, puff out my cheeks, and blow the seeds into the air, allowing the breeze to carry my wishes to far away lands. I looked at these photos, and all I could think was “they’re covered in wishes“: some still holding their possibilities tight, and others spent and covering the subjects in a veil of hoping and dreaming.
A little silly, right? But with all of the dandelions used for this project, you know someone had to have tucked a fervent little wish into at least one of the hundreds of seed pods.
All images from isabellechapuis.com
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