I'm told by my husband that I can be a little bit.....dark. Well, sure I can. Are any of us rainbows and unicorns all of the time? I like my dark side, it has been with me since I was a kid. I remember reading my first Steven King book when I was about 10 years old and I devoured every one I could after that. And don't get me started on Vampires....
This concept was brewing in my head for a little while. Creepy as it sounds I had an image of a woman being pulled back into darkness by some force unseen. I thought of a few places to try it out but never really got around to it, nothing clicked. Then one evening down in Norfolk while I was on the Brooke Shaden retreat, we walked to some ruins. I saw the stone archway and knew this was the location for me. I had some really fancy ideas about an all enveloping smoke monster pulling her back in, but as you can see, the wind conspired to make the smoke somewhat unimpressive:
Alas we were out of smoke pellets pretty soon, so I gave up on that idea and just got K.D to give me the position shots I would need and I'd worry about the rest in Photoshop.
When I started working on the image it was clear that the shots I had taken weren't really giving me the feel I wanted from the image. That is why I love Photoshop. I love photography but I also love how we needn't be constrained by reality when we want to create our vision of a different world. I warped, I mirrored, I cloned, I painted, I put together a person. I created a reality for myself that I could believe even if it never existed. I hope you believe it too.