An image from an on-going series on Addiction.
A destructive force raging within the bottle & w/i the self. Fighting her way out; dangling, exhausted from her fight. But she's not
completely out. The battle with Addiction is an ongoing fight. A choice must be made. The gull in this piece has a dual symbolism - it changes its meaning from freedom and carefree security to
destruction @ the hands of a loved one .here the supposed loved one is herself &/or the Addiction. It symbolizes freedom at first and then dependence.
2nd image in series on Addiction:
She is completely oblivious to the dangers that draw her in, she hangs by a thread on a swing lost in her seemingly euphoric feeling. Because she doesn’t realize she’s in danger, she turns away from the “Light” - this could be likened to Denial.
2nd complete image for my series on Addiction. Depicts the rotting of not only our bodies but also our minds, our lives & our personalities when caught in the grip of an addictive substance. Pears are known in art to bestow health & wisdom - here the pear is depicted as ulcerous & rotting. I put a little bit of hope in the image by photographing the rotting pear w/ a bee. Call upon the bee spirit animal when you need help communicating with other people, you question whether you are aligned with your goals in life, or you wish to heed your inner voice or wisdom.
Part of my on-going series on Addiction.
She is fighting, clawing her way out of her
delusions - a bad trip...
“Entrapped” in her Addiction... in her panic & manic state she doesn’t see that the
key/solution/help is just within her grasp.
An image in my Addiction series -
this one from the perspective of the Enablers - we may not even realize we are enabling an addict. Depicted in this image are the eyes of people who have lost a loved one to the grip of an addiction. They’ve poured their love, time & energy into them however unfortunately, & unbeknownst fueling the addiction & keeping them in their euphoria.
Become transparent to yourself and learn who you truly are - inside and out. Come to an acceptance of your flaws and learn to love them - they are the reason you are who you are - they are what make you unique and special. You are beautiful!
Dedicated to a sweet disheveled messenger boy from the angelic realm who provided me with a headlamp to light the path to my destiny. May we learn from our past but stay focused on our future.
Self Portrait photo composite
Azreal, the Angel of Death, prays to God to be told of her next "victim". Who will it be & for which side will they be fighting for? Azreal doesn't choose sides; she shows no prejudice.
Self Portrait & Prop Creation - Cloak created by myself - made of burgundy velvet & covered in tea stained pages of the Bible pertaining to just war
Photo Assistant: Mark Holloman
Memnosyne - the Goddess of Memory. It is said that when you die, your memories are washed away. In this image, Memnosyne has granted a gift of lasting memory to a pair of star-crossed lovers. If you look closely, you will see 2 whispy figures in the doorway toward the back of the room holding hands as they unite in the afterlife.
Abandon negative ways of thinking or bad habits that cause us to feel abandoned by our loved ones or even ourselves
This is a piece near and dear to my heart & probably the most emotional piece I have ever created. It's about letting go of what we fear to lose the most and keeping lit the light of faith that there will one day be a reunion. It's about loss, faith, patience, time, all of the emotions wrapped into waiting and uncertainty while telling yourself to just have faith and just believe.
Prop Creation - I created the closest matchstick island myself & then manipulated the remaining 4 in Photoshop.
Inspired by a song from Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Theme for the Eulipions - the lyric that states, "you wouldn't forget him either if you met him where I met him... talkin about Desolation. Desolation is a railroad station round about 2AM on a week night. You walk into Desolation like that & suddenly out of nowhere comes a warm song you aren't about to forget it."
Self Portrait - all elements photographed locally in Hampton Roads, VA
A change of circumstance or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant - however necessary.
Model: Amber Matthews
Image created based off of the astrological event that occurred in August 2017 when there were 2 eclipses (a lunar eclipse then a total solar eclipse) - both in the sign of Leo creating what is called the Lion's Gate Portal. From July 26 - August 12, 2017 the planet Earth was bathed with 2 of the most powerful lights in the sky (sun & moon) sending intensified "light energy". This light energy is said to enhance spiritual awakenings, bring new insights or a new awareness & it can help to raise the consciousness of the planet. It is also important to note that this occurrence happened on August 8 or 88. In numerology, 8 is also a powerful number that represents infinity, power, divine, connection, rebirth & higher realms.
She is a warrior - she has seen "battle" yet shows no fear; she continues to meet adversity straight on in spite of her wounds. She screams.... "Do what you will!!! You will not break me!"
Self Portrait & Prop Creation
Photo Assistants: Emily Peat & Bobby Milo
Caution - Fear - Protect your emotions - Danger - Defensiveness - Future
Although weight of opposing forces holds you back... you feel in your soul that you are given to FLY!
Going to whatever lengths necessary to hang on to youth - physical and spiritual. Always strive to keep a youthful spirit!
She sends the tears to cleanse the eyes that are unable to see and to quench the earth
Where once she had conformed to normalcy and a "punch in, punch out lifestyle" she now emerges a true creative being, full of new inspiration and a fresh view of the world around her.
Self Portrait & prop creation
Look closely & you will find the message from inside.
Literally translates to the structure remains the same but the words are interpreted differently. My goal (the structure) remains constant whilst the ways/means of achieving it keeps shifting in fits & starts
Climb out of the safety of the cocoon, spread your wings, venture unafraid to a whole new world in a new form, trust in your untested wings without doubt - you will fly!
A rebirth of a loving heart - one that can transcend over hatred and slander
A shell of your former self, you feel transparent, a ribbon in the sky. With a slight breeze, you fear you will cease to exist.
Giving up of the of extravagance & the material to live a much more fulfilling simpler life. Getting back to much more natural, more primitive and raw place within the self.