Kirsty Mitchell is a fine art Photographer, and she is presenting an award-winning series of conceptual portraits titled Wonderland will soon be available as a book by the same name. The book is in memory of her late mother, the woman who inspired the series to begin with. Her mom was an English teacher, who died from cancer several years earlier.
Models dressed in lavish costumes were shot against natural settings like deeply wooded forests to evoke the elements of mystery and fantasy enjoyed by Mitchell’s mother. While portraits from the series are extremely detailed and vivid, they remain intentionally ambiguous enough for readers to project their own stories onto them.
She was an English teacher, and her life’s great passion was literature and storytelling,” the artist writes. “After I lost her I struggled greatly, I was unable to remember her without being haunted by the memories of the hospital. So I found myself regressing to the happier times of us sharing the unusual books she constantly collected for myself, and the generations of children who passed through her classroom doors.
In the months that followed, I decided to track down some of those original editions, completely unprepared for the emotional impact they would have as I held them in my hands once again. Slowly the concept of creating an unexplained storybook without words dedicated to her, began to form. It felt like the perfect way to celebrate who she was as a person and the legacy she left behind.
It was the faded fragments of the book’s illustrations, mixed up with dreams and my experiences through grief that eventually formed the narrative of the series. Ultimately it became a strange and beautiful place to remember and forget, both in the same bittersweet moment.”
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