What's keeping me up at night? It's images of snowqueens in ice-caves, despite the fact I live in sunny California at the moment where its rare to get rain and it never snows at the ocean near the Redwood Forest. I've created fantasy styled art for years, drawing and painting. I've added wings onto little girls and placed them into flowers, but something has shifted.. This past year I have been getting very focused on my technical camera shooting with some new fun lenses and playing with focal length and light. Getting all the elements in an image to be the same color temperature and with the light going in the same direction can allow the illusion to become much more realistic. Would you know if I shot the image in the actual ice cave, or shot in on a beach somewhere? Now I've been regularly creating Photoshop images for my Fine Art (stuff that goes on cards & puzzles) with hundreds of layers for years, so it's not so much a stretch. Yet, getting the illusion correct without on purpose breaking all "The Rules" of Photography is still a creative challenge. I had so much fun working on this image, and there's still a few more that I'm working on with this same frozen ice cave theme. I've never attempted to re-create a "inspired by" Disney to such an extreme before, but I do have two little girls and Queen Elsa and her "Let it Go " song is part of my reality now. On the plus side "Let it Go" CD has a magical power to make my little one STOP crying when played in a moving vehicle. So, the song, the movie has woven itself into my daily mommy reality as well as into my creative space.
I like to believe all things Disney, originally had their root in much older Fairytales. Probably much darker stories than the light, filtered for innocent eyes stuff we see portrayed in Pop-Culture. The varieties of the Snow-Queen story exist, along with tales of Jack Frost. I've even recently seen a photoshoot depicting Frozen Queen Elsa, together with her "lover" Jack Frost a Japanese photographer.