The Realm of Fairy is a strange shadow land, lying just beyond the fields we know. ~Author Unknown
Photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016 ~
If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended:
That you have but slumbered here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Orson Handel, Future Music-Maker, as Puck for the Underwater and by the Sea Series… And Wild Handel as Puck’s Dream. Photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016 ~
And so begins my fifth year of photographing the enchanted and most endearing little women of the McDonald family… I chose to start this year with the Damselfly as it represents the magical sense of self that comes when we enter womanhood… I also love the lore, they are of the family that the dragonfly belongs to, Odonata, which are believed to have been related to the Damselflies and the myth that the they were once Dragons.
Photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016~
DEBORAH MASTERS, The Sculptress as Polymnia (Πολύμνια) the muse of sacred poetry, sacred hymn and all things that delight…
Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016 ~
“The most wonderful and the strongest things in the world, you know, are just the things which no one can see.”
― Charles Kingsley, The Water-Babies
Wild Handel as the Waterbaby, photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016
Here rise to life again, dead poetry!
Let it, O holy Muses, for I am yours,
And here Calliope, strike a higher key,
Accompanying my song with that sweet air
which made the wretched Magpies feel a blow
that turned all hope of pardon to despair.
(Dante, Purgatorio, Canto I, lines 7 to 12)
For the Artist Underwater Series Channing Gibson, Author and Cynthia Wick, Painter
Photographed by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016 !