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The Girl with the Silver Hands

This September, Jeff and I are co-curators for a fairy-tale themed show at Future Tenant gallery in downtown Pittsburgh. Stasia was the guinea pig for my fairy tale photos. I found it a challenge to interpret fairy tales through photography — we more often see the tales depicted in paintings and illustration. I wanted to do “The Handless Maiden” and considered ‘dissolving’ her hands in photoshop to give the effect of a handless appearance (which I  still may do), but having limited props, a beautiful sunny day and a lovely model were all I needed to create another version of this tale, “The Girl with the Silver Hands,” reminding me about the magic in the limitations of photography. I need to do some shadow and highlight adjustments on the black and whites (and she may even end up in sepia), but here is a preview of what I captured yesterday: (‘final’ versions can be found at flickr.)

8X8 color stasiastasiaupsidedown

An amazing photo by Jeff:



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I am listening to “Paper Bag” by Goldfrapp, and it really jives with these photos. And because of that, I can really see sepia working as well – I think it adds a bit of mystery to these already mysterious photos. I really like the one where she is standing with the architectural framing.


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