Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Viva la France!

Today is my second full day in France - right outside of Paris and it's been wonderful so far! Planning my shooting excursions, I first went to The Chateau de Saint Germaine en-Lay - a beautiful piece of French architecture surrounded by equally beautiful landscapes. Tomorrow, I will be heading to the Musee D 'Orsay, Notre Dame and a few other locations in the surrounding arrondissements. Fromage et chocolat will be had!  Pere-Lachaise Cemetery is the main attraction for working on my "Divine Journey" series which will take place the following day.

I wish I could include photos right now, but sadly, my iPad is the device that I am blogging on, which makes me unable to upload and add. I promise to edit these entries once I'm back.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Last Day in the UK

Today is my last day here as I embark to France in the morning. Since I had such a short time, I've had very early, very long days to get in as much as I could. Long meaning an average of 18-20 hour days. I finally slept in this morning and got almost a full 8 hours of sleep.

Last post was about Monday and Tuesday so on Wednesday, my friend and photo assistant Neil took me to Chester where there was another section of ruins. I shot a bit, though compared to Lilieshall, there is no contest in which area was better. Still, I didn't want any ruin go unturned (ha ha). Afterward, we met up with a couple of friends and had some fun in a "posh looking pub" in Manchester - this part we were in definitely reminded me of Manhattan, or moreso Chicago.

Yesterday, I met up with one of my kindred spirits, Louise. As believers in fairies, she and I met a long time ago on an enchanted website and even from online, I felt this warm vibe from her. She is more like that in person. Her smile is radiant and warms up even the coldest of people. We met in Chester and took the train to the Lady Lever House and Walker Art museums respectively. Port Sunlight is a town I'm meant to live in, by the way!

Louise assisted me in the museum performance  pieces (recreating the Pre-Raphaelite works). And ohhhh, what artwork I've seen! In Lady Lever was a special exhibit of Rossetti's "obsession" with Jane Morris and I also finally saw original paintings of Burne-Jones, and even a Waterhouse! I was in heaven! Walker had some of the most amazing sculptures. Where angels dominate many US museums, fairies do here...of course. The two museums alone were so worth this trip!

Today, I had my second photo session with Tyler, my friend's son. I don't have children, and I don't think I've ever spent sufficient time with 9 year olds, but i will say that this boy is something special, something I can't put into words. He's not a typical 9 year old, I can say that. We went outside and before I had a chance to think of poses, he just started doing the most amazing things. He pulled a dandelion and began to blow on it, he climbed behind a bush and showed his face through, he ran into the center of this shady area and turned to look at me. It's as if I didn't have to direct him at all, and when I did, the images lacked...however, the only time I really needed to do so, though, was when I was in my angel costume and needed him by my side. Still, there was little I needed to say and when I did, he did it exactly as I envisioned.

The same feeling came over me today when I shot him as it did on Tuesday. There was something else that allowed me to connect with him on this photographic level that I can only think of as magic.

And when I asked if I could get a hug as one last shot, he gave a firm "no, we are done" and walked off with his hands in his pocket....so, ok, maybe he's a little typical of a 9 year old boy :)

As I said before, photos will follow. At the moment, I don't have a way to up/download any. My apologies!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In the UK

My second day here in England and the weather nor the sights have disappointed. The countryside is lovely and after a frustrating start yesterday (two of the abbey ruins I wanted to visit are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays!), my wonderful tour guide, Neil and I found two great locations to photograph in. Shrewsbury Abbey -  not in ruins and an active church it seems, and Lilieshall Abbey ruins. Those ruins in particular were magical, just walking the grounds.

And speaking of magic, I found some in a beautiful 9 year old boy. My friend Brittany's son is an honest to Goddess intense little guy. He's sweet and loveable but he's got a depth about him that leaves you frozen in his gaze. I photographed him today on these church grounds in a town called Knutsford in Cheshire. I learned that the church was built atop Druid ground and as my friend felt the magic and energy from there, it wasn't until I looked at her son, that I felt something. He allowed me to photograph him with headstones and trees and looked right at my lens for each shot. I was so drawn to him, that I followed him through the grounds and found something in him that I need to continue shooting. Originally, I was going to have him in angel wings (and still might if I can get him to agree to wearing them, though when I asked yesterday, he adimantly said no), but I think what I got today might have been more....real.

My plan for tomorrow is Chester and Manchester with my trusty tour guide. A pub with some good cider will be in order too, I think.

And photos  to follow...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Getting close

18 days until I leave -  the first leg of the trip - England. Wow...18 days! It's becoming surreal. Most of the planning part is finished and I began packing my gear yesterday (though I need to make sure everything is fully charged). Here is a photo of what I am bringing. Think it's enough?

My biggest dilemma at the moment is the angel wings. Measuring at 40 inches wide and 24 inches high, I'm hoping my suitcase can fit them along with my clothes, other costume accessories (did you honestly think I was going to leave behind my corset and antlers??) and tripod!

I am sure the airport security people will be having a field day with me...