“Your heart is like the ocean, mysterious and dark.” - Bob Dylan
What is about the ocean that draws us towards it? So many of us have known the inexorable pull towards great bodies of water, whether for adventure, for escape, for peace... Maybe it's because we are made mostly of water, or because it is the sustainer of life, the source of our ability to thrive on this great blue planet.
Or maybe it's something else.
As a concept, Poseidon was simple. I needed a muse who embodied strength and understood isolation. My close friend Ryan, a fellow artist who will soon be off adventuring with the U.S. Navy, is a modern day Viking and was more perfect for the role than I could've dreamed. I also needed a mermaid, someone alluring and full of magic. When I met Julie, an incredibly talented Burlington, VT-based belly dancer, I knew that I wanted to photograph her. Yet, it wasn't until she told me that she had always wanted to be a mermaid, not just on film, but in real life, that the pieces fell together.
Only one thing remained, I needed a trident.
But seriously. I needed it.
Months passed by with hundreds of hours of research proving fruitless. I have no real crafting sense, at least not yet, so making one myself was out of the question. The only ones that were being sold online were the plastic ones for Halloween Devil costumes. I wanted something that at least looked realistic. So, realizing that I would either have to learn how to make one or not have the shoot, I started buying materials.
It was taking longer than expected, and it was all wrong...so the day before the shoot was meant to be, my darling Chimæric decided he was going to whip something up. Knowing him, it would be magnificent.
I am so grateful to him.
Making the Trident
He started with cardboard and card stock, scissors and glue, added a broom handle and more glue, a lot of measuring, and several coats of spray paint. The entire process took about 12 hours, including time for the paint to dry and the glue to set. He finished at 11, the shoot was at 12.
The Day of the Shoot
Among the crew that day was the über talented Leah Cirker-Stark of Leah C-S Photography, whom I had commissioned to film all of the crew in action. We started at my studio in Salem to get ready with makeup and binge on donuts, before heading out to the location in Magnolia, MA.
Please take a moment to watch this beautiful video before reading the rest. <3
Photo by James Carey Photography
Photo by Joey Phoenix
Photo by Chimæric
It was windy and cold out by the water, and the rocks were damp and treacherous. Julie and Ryan also had to spend half of the shoot wearing few clothes, a feat which would frustrate most people but didn't seem to bother them a bit. It was also excessively bright, despite the weather promising that it would be overcast. Yet, weather aside, we had a wonderful time. Despite the fact that I slipped and fell on the rocks twice (which is hilarious in retrospect) Fortunately, Alcibiades, the camera, came out unscathed. My pride, however, was a bit bruised.
Afterwards, we headed to Poseidon's Pizza in Gloucester, because, how could we not?
The World We Made
The full gallery from the day.
Thank you to Ryan, Julie, Arden, Chimæric, Phil, Jim, and Leah for making this beautiful day possible. All of you are magic.
Next stop, Athena!
More Behind the Scenes from the remarkable Jim Carey. <3
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