A young woman stands bare chested, a cloth draped around her waist, a golden-colored apple in her left hand and a sword in her right. From a Classically themed photoshoot with a friend from college, this image was inspired by a combination of art and myth. The apple identifies the figure as Aphrodite; the sword is inspired by a spear-bearing statue of Aphrodite that I saw at the temple of Asclepious in Greece.
From a photo shoot about this time last year, this post somehow got lost in my drafts folder. To see the rest of the series, or order prints, please check out my portfolio.
Feral bearing the masks of the Elemental Keepers, performing the elemental Postures.
Continuing my explorations of elemental power through the masks I made for last year’s Heartland Pagan Festival, behold the Keeper of Water, portrayed by Feral.
In the long term, these images may find themselves in an oracle deck and/or a photo book.
Individual prints, and a look at the entire project to date, can be found at my portfolio. For the Feral as the four Keepers, click here. For the project in toto, click here. If you appreciate my work, either my art or my witchcraft, please consider purchasing prints.
Continuing my experiment of using photography to explore the personalities of my four elemental masks, we have Feral, again, this time as the Keeper of Earth.
Prints, and the entire project to date, can be found at my portfolio. For the Feral as the four Keepers, click here. For the project in toto, click here. If you appreciate my work, either my art or my witchcraft, please consider purchasing prints. Times are tough.
From my latest photo shoot exploring the personalities of my elemental masks, Chicago native Feral in the role of Keeper of Fire.
Although not, herself, a practitioner of occult arts — an unexpected and unaccountable bit of good luck with two of my previous models, first Felicity embodying Baphomet and the Sun God/dess, and then Kajira for the Conjuring and the first round of Keepers — she was very professional and a delight to work with, taking to the role with surprising ease.
Prints and the rest of the series are available at my portfolio. For the rest of Feral, click here. For the Elemental Masks series in toto, click here. If you like my work — either or both my art or my witchcraft — please consider buying a print or two. Times are a little tough right now.
The Keeper of Earth
A priest/ess and oracle, the title Keeper of Earth originates in the idealized coven structure that I developed for a series of experimental rituals (as yet never performed), and have used in both my (as yet unpublished) novels and the public rituals I have written in my capacity as a member and now chair of the HSA Sacred Experience Committee.
This image represents my first attempt at using Photoshop more vigorously than simple photo development, combining two images from very different times and places. The top image, the Keeper of Earth, herself, comes from my most recent photo shoot, at the beginning of the month, with the delightful Kajira Bound. The background image comes from Olympia, taken during my study abroad in Greece. Together they form the prototype for a maybe-someday-maybe-not oracle deck that I occasionally hypothesize.
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Below are a series of images I had intended to submit to the Beltane edition of A Beautiful Resistance. Unfortunately, my life got away from me, and I missed the opportunity to participate in my community. But here they are, for the pleasure of my readers. I believe you may have seen some of them before, but I hope you enjoy seeing them again.
The first of many series exploring myth, ritual, and possession, I shot these photos around the first of the month with my first professional model, Felicity Houpte. Inspired by my experiences with the Conjuration of Baphomet, this series depicts a simple rite of evocation and the donning of a mask, followed by possession by the god Baphomet and finally apotheosis.
Images below the fold for space considerations and because they are not safe for work.