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Tree spirit

By Angi_Wallace    

I've been planning to produce a few sets of portrait images based on pagan based characters for months now and this is my first. Trees have traditionally been used to celebrate christmas and winter festivals throughout time. Pagans would bring in evergreen trees or branches to celebrate the festive season around the winter solstice. Legend has it that a long time ago a tree would be brought in during the cold months to invite the wood spirits inside homes to share and relish the warmth of the fire inside ( slightly ironic considering they were most likely burning wood/trees). The use of evergreens would symbolise everlasting life and the coming spring, Pine and holly would be used in decoration as it was thought to offer protection, Ivy was used for immortality, the use of mistletoe and its white berries would symbolise fertility. A few of these elements, but not all are represented in some of these images. Whilst I have used a Lensbaby to produce the ethereal, effect that I felt helped make the character more spirit like, blending into he surroundings. The studio images deliberately have fiery orange in the background as the warmth of the fire, or green for the everlasting greens and promise of the coming spring. There will be a few images that are more highly edited to bring in a few elements that I didnt manage to sort out on the day. The headwear, neckwear and top were created by me, with a tiny faux fur waistcoat over the top. Modelling was the amazing Hell DBella who was very expressive, emotive and full of a million poses. Make up and body paint was provided by the lovely, talented Viki Lloyd and funky hair carefully styled by the lovely Solitaire Weber. We used Loud and Flashy studios to shoot in, very handy as he has an accessible downstairs studio and kindly set up everything I requested. I would not have been able to do this without lots of help from my lovely partner Michael Matthews who has helped transport me, and helped me gather together all the things needed for the shot, as well as being a constant support.

Tags: Creativity Fantasy Pagan Portraits and people

Voters: Philip_H, Paintman, clicknimagine and 24 more

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clicknimagine Plus
10 617 100 India
12 Apr 2019 6:08PM

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12 Apr 2019 6:48PM
Excellent portraiture.
Maiwand 13 3 73 England
12 Apr 2019 7:43PM
Superb. Love the narrative.
12 Apr 2019 8:35PM
A work of art. The planning and final result truly inpiring Angie😊😊
barrywebb Plus
13 44 7 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2019 6:52PM
An artistic portrait with a real quality feel to it.

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