Psylocke Print Surprise

I love surprises. Especially the kind of happy surprise when I recieve something longed for in the mail ^^

A while ago I won myself a free print from one of my all-time favourite models, Psylocke. I’ve been following her work for 6-7 years now and she’s a huge inspiration of mine. Today the print I chose to be mine finally arrived! She was also kind and included buisiness cards and a signed post card ❤

Isn’t it gorgeous? The picture doesn’t make it justice though, but trust me when I say it’s truly magnificent ^^

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Back In The Studio

Yesterday was photoshoot day, and boy, was it fun! Studio shoot with a new photographer who is incredibly talented and easy to work with. This particular shoot was even more fun for me to do because it has a proper story behind it and a specific persona that I could act out. I don’t always get that chance, even though I try to create a character for all the shoots I do. This one I have a certain relationship with and I’ve been longing to act it out in front of the camera for years.

In case you didn’t know, I was a pretty active roleplayer a couple of years ago. Mostly I played Vampire: the Masquerade and I grew very fond of all my characters. So when I now got the chance to really act them out in a photoshoot, naturally I jumped right on it. Yesterday we shot the first character I ever created, who’s also closest to my heart. I won’t tell you her entire story now though, you’re going to have to wait for the finished pictures for that 😉

But all in all, we had tons of fun and I’m looking forward to more shoots – RPG based as well as other ones 🙂

Photoshoot Preparations

Tomorrow I’m having my first photoshoot in little over two months. It feels a bit weird but still exciting, it’s going to be so much fun to stand in front of the camera again 🙂 This time I’ll be working with a new photographer, but I’ve seen her previous work and so I know it’s going to be awesome ^^ I’m not going to tell you too much about the theme, other than it’s going to involve a corset, pointy things and my new pretty heels ❤

 

I’ve been planning this for a couple of years now and I can’t wait to see it all realized! Hopefully we will be able to plan in more shoots to fill the rest of the series that I have in mind. Keep your eyes open!

Photoshoot Assistance

Since I’m lucky enough to know several talented people, I sometimes get to assist in their photoshoots 🙂 Yesterday, I headed out with Josefine Jönsson and the ever so delicious Tea Time to be their assitant/behind the scenes photographer. I’m not the one who would say no to lace up this gorgeous girl and shine up her latex, it’s actually quite fun ^^

And so, here’s a few behind the scenes pics! More can be found HERE, HERE and HERE! Also visible in these pictures: Josefine Jönsson, My, myself, and stuff from Maebelle Latex, Viola Lahger, Loulah Belle, Sarah Wikholm and Sarah Burchill.

On Chinese Art

A couple of months back I went with my dear mother to a local exhibition of the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. While looking at the pieces we also listened to the curator talking about them as well as the story of Ai Weiwei’s life and artistry.

Last Friday, me and my Honey went back for a final look before the exhibition closed down.

It’s been almost a week now and I still can’t let that exhibition go.

I’ve always loved Chinese and Japanese art, particularly the traditional/classical arts. It’s been a part of my life since I was a child, with a huge replica of a Chinese painted horse hanging on the living room wall in my family home. I guess that’s why I readily took to heart the course in Postcolonial Aesthetics that I took in College. The first thing we did was to focus on Chinese contemporary art and its history. What I learned then, as well as the artworks I studied, evidently stuck more than I thought, because when I a year later actually went to China I found myself using this “new” knowledge to get different perspectives of what we saw and experienced.

I’ve seen first-hand why Beijing Opera is so much different to western opera that they can’t even be compared. I’ve learned the difference between original Ming porcelain and the porcelain that was exported to the western world and Europe. I’ve seen traditional paintings, peasant art and contemporary art. I’ve experienced the culture and it’s put its mark on my heart.

I guess that’s why Ai Weiwei intrigues me so much. His art is contemporary while making use of traditional Chinese things. He’s used antique furniture, porcelaine pots of all sizes as well as the Chinese people themselves. He breaks apart, puts back together and transforms his props to make them be what he wants them to be. He takes help from skilled craftsmen (and women) to create his pieces – such as the piece Sunflower Seeds, where several tons of porcelain sunflower seeds were handmade in  a little village.

Every piece that he creates has a bit of history in it, not to mention critisism against the Chinese society and the government. The individual is always a part of his work and I like that you can see that. Okay, you may have to know a bit about Chinese history and culture to really see it, but I don’t think it’s all that neccessary. I think anyone can appreciate the craftsmanship in his art, because it’s so meticulous and produced with a lot of heart.

If I could make one wish, it would be to actually meet the man and discuss art and philosophy ^^ I think he has a lot to teach about individuality and standing up for oneself. Perhaps someday after he’s released from house arrest I will get the chance.

A little different post than usual, but hey, I promised you philosophical rambles, didn’t I? 😉

Winter Imperial

So, after this post is done I have shown you all the full sets from photoshoots I’ve done from 2011 until today. After that I’ve only got a couple of early shoots left, but I think I’ll hold on to them for a little while more 😉 There are still som funky ideas to be shot and I’m waiting for the pics from my latest shoot, so hopefully you won’t have to wait for too long before you see something new. Until then I’ll have to amuse you with philosophical rambles and everyday photos 😉

Anyways, this photoshoot was one I’d been thinking about for a little while. I made the dress for Christmas 2009 and since then I had wanted to do something really creative with it. A year later I got to know the awesome designer behind Imperial Fiddlesticks Emporium and I gave her the task of making a matching hat for the dress. The end result was gorgeous! This winter I dragged Josefine Jönsson out in the snow to shoot it with me ^^ It turned out a bit etherial and winter fairytale-like, just how I had envisioned it.

This Has A Story

I’ve been sick for the past week and it doesn’t really seem to want to change. It’s messing up my plans, not only do I have my Honey here but I was supposed to have a photoshoot this past Sunday which had to be cancelled.. Oh well, with some luck something good will come out of this. And with “something good” I mean awesome photoshoot ideas ^^

Speaking of photoshoots, I thought I’d post the full set of a beautiful shoot I did last fall with Josefine Jönsson. I had borrowed a bunch of jewellery from This Has A Story to shoot for Viola Lahger. And so we headed out to Skogskyrkogården to find some fitting locations. Needless to say, I’m very happy with the result and I know Viola Lahger was too 🙂