Ceridwen was an enchantress of Welsh myth now considered by many to be the Celtic goddess of rebirth, transformation, and inspiration. With such name, a fascination with fairytales, legends, fantasy and historical epics was seemingly inevitable. The Ladybird book of Cinderella with its pictures of beautiful flowing dresses, sparkling carriages and prancing horses was where it started or to be more precise it started with ‘once upon a time’ because after all, that is how stories should begin…
Fast forward a few years through the mysteries of Cair Paravel and Neverland, Avalon, Wonderland and The Shire; the box of crowns is now much larger and cast iron keys, lanterns and hourglasses sit alongside a dressmakers dummy, smoke bombs, a camera and a laptop. The dressing up box remains and is finally packed with the sort of beautiful gowns that filled childhood dreams. Many of the dresses are up-cycled personally from unwanted wedding dresses, though their historical and fantasy inspired embellishments create pricked fingers more akin to Sleeping Beauty’s than the average fairy godmother’s. Instead of going through the wardrobe into Narnia, the world of fantasy now appears through the magic of Photoshop though heavily influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites with a dash of Blue Peter inspired sticky backed plastic often thrown in for good measure.
I am a fine art photographer and my work recreates the innocence and mystique of childhood stories. I blend texture and colour adapting or replacing elements using Photoshop to enhance the cinematic feel.
Drawing from fairy tales, history, myth and fantasy I create images evocative of another time and place. My shoots typically take place outdoors using natural locations as atmospheric backdrops. My work is influenced by the pre-Raphaelites and their depictions of sensual beauty.
I create because I want to draw the viewer into a story that provides an escape from day to day reality. I want them to lose themselves for a moment in a world where if they wish hard enough maybe dreams can come true…
“She moves like beauty, she whispers to us of wind and forest—and she tells us stories, such stories that we wake in the night, dreaming dreams of a life long past. She reminds us of what we used to be. She reminds us of what we could be.”