“Full image of my rendition of the lady of the lake, Nimiane, emerging from the water with Excalibur. This was the first image I shot for my new series, Árísan, and is my personal favorite. I’ve been wanting to capture it for at least two years now and am so happy to have it out of my head and into a tangible form finally.”
4|52 by Austin Tott Via Flickr: Crystalline.
On our latest quest Kindra and I ventured to some ice caves and journeyed inside them. It was freezing and we were constantly getting dripped on because the caves are in the process of melting, they melt and reform each year. I had Kindra lie on a large pile of ice chunks, she was a trooper, I’m certain it wasn’t very comfortable!
“The Nothing is spreading,“ groaned the first. "It’s growing and growing, there’s more of it every day, if it’s possible to speak of more nothing. All the others fled from Howling Forest in time, but we didn’t want to leave our home. The Nothing caught us in our sleep and this is what it did to us.”
“Is it very painful?” Atreyu asked.
“No,” said the second bark troll, the one with the hole in his chest. “You don’t feel a thing. There’s just something missing. And once it gets hold of you, something more is missing every day. Soon there won’t be anything left of us.” - Michael Ende, The Neverending Story
Neráidos par Kindra Nikole Via Flickr : Brand-new image created for Antler Gallery in Portland, Oregon. This piece is now available through Antler for their Unnatural Histories V annual group show, opening this evening! For inquiries on adopting this piece, please e-mail email@example.com.
This annual show asks artists to create imaginary creatures or visit mythological creatures from any genre, and then write a description for their creature. I made mine up, based loosely off of fae and dryads. Here’s my description I wrote for this imagined creature!
“The solitary and nomadic Neráidos dwells deep within the old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest. This mystical creature travels from forest to forest, feeding on local fauna before moving on. All Neráidos are herbivores. They subsist on the detritus of decomposing vegetation found on the forest floor but have been known to eat fungi, moss, and fresh ivy as well. Although Neráidos prefer to live in isolation, forest rats are drawn to them and often travel many miles alongside their dryadic companions. Scholars speculate that the two share a symbiotic relationship, although no one has gathered enough data to confirm this theory. Catching sight of one of these mysterious forest dwellers is incredibly rare, as they have the ability to shapeshift—and will do so the moment any human comes within a few hundred feet of them. When they sense danger or an unfamiliar presence, they rapidly assume the form of a mossy tree, tangled with ivy. Their limbs become rooted to the earth, and in this form, they draw nutrients from the soil, allowing them to remain hidden for as long as a year, if necessary. Due to deforestation, Neráidos settle into their tree form less and less frequently. It seems that Neráidos are migrating farther north, perhaps due to reckless logging, as fortunate hikers (and unfortunate loggers) have reported Neráidos sightings as far north as the Yukon Territory.”
Seeking Rainbows by Kindra Nikole Via Flickr: “Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.” - Anaïs
Desolace by Kindra Nikole Via Flickr: “The first thing I remember about the world…is that I was a stranger in it. This feeling, which is at once the glory and desolation of homo sapiens, provides the only thread of consistency that I can detect in my life.“ - Malcolm Muggeridge
Model: Jessica Dru Johnson
Armor: Posh Fairytale Couture
Cloak: Jessica Dru Johnson
[Spent a very full weekend awhile back shooting with some ladies from California here in my homeland of the Pacific Northwest. This is just the first of quite a few images we shot that weekend. It was cold and wet and perfect–the lighting was brilliant, and you couldn’t have asked for a moodier setting for each location.]