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A close-up from the shoot this came from...

The Necessary Goddess by RockstarVanity

Model, make-up and costume littlemissvalkyrie

Since I'm not expecting you all to go and read the description of another photo right now, here's a bit of background to the shoot. Also, you can see more pictures in this blog entry at The RockstarVanity Universe.

The most recognisable aspects of symbolism in the image is based on the goddess Kali with shades of the Celtic divine hag, the Cailleach, who is also often depicted with blue skin and, like Kali, is often associated with destruction as part of the cycle of life. I’ve included links to Wikipedia pages as a starting point for anyone who wants to read more, as I don’t believe for a moment that I could accurately and fully describe these deities here without this description ending up being extremely lengthy.

Goddess mythology, whether your interest is spiritual, anthropological, historical, theo/thealogical or a combination of those things, is absolutely fascinating and it was a joy to work on these photos with someone who also finds deep personal resonance in the subject.

There’s a risk when creating images based on deities, especially when drawing inspiration from more than one culture, that people will assume you simply looked at some pictures online, thought “Ooh, that’s pretty”, then got stuck into the body paint with no appreciation for the significance of the figures or archetypes that you’re working with.

That is most definitely not the case here. Every aspect of this shoot was considered with the deepest respect as both the model and I believe that inspiration can be drawn from all cultures in the present day and throughout history with genuine openness, understanding and opportunity for personal interpretation and expression.

Finally, an explanation for the title. Often, when archetypes are depicted as primarily dark in nature or portrayed as being strongly related to destruction and death, it is easy to forget that they are part of a cycle. Destruction can be the removal of unwanted things, the creation of a clean slate. Death makes way for life. Consumption can lead to creation. Winter becomes Spring. Endings become beginnings.

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MOxC Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is brilliant. :)
TanyaSimoneSimpson Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
Thanks very much :aww:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014   Digital Artist
I love this because her eyes are pure and yet at the same time the scene is macabre. You always do such brilliant work. The use of color to make your point and tell your story is very effective. This is, as you said, more than just an "ooh pretty" photograph; it speaks a thousand words and more. Brilliant.
TanyaSimoneSimpson Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Thanks so much for the awesome comment :hug:
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Jan 11, 2014, 6:23:27 PM
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