I am… I am but the stardust that tumbles I am but the twig that snaps beneath your umbels…

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The Noblewoman of Denmark…

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Brij Cappo, Mother, Artist and Yoga Instructor Extraordinaire as The Noblewoman of Denmark… there’s rue for you, and here’s some for me; we may call it herb of grace o’ Sundays; O, you must wear your rue with a difference”.  Rue is well known for its symbolic meaning of regret, but the herb is also used to treat pain, bruises and has abortive qualities.

Brij Cappo as The Noblewoman of Denmark for the artist underwater series.

Underwater photography at Green River by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016 ~


The Nixie of the Mill-Pond…

georgia2Has just dropped by to remind you that her dear friend, Raisie, will be on display in the art exhibit “Reflections on the River,” an exhibition of works by local artists which includes Anastasia Traina.  The David & Joyce Public Milne Library in Williamstown, Ma. has hosted the show since Sept 7th… and where Raisie will continue be on display until Sept. 3oth, 2016!

Hope to see you soonishly!

Georgia Mc Donald as The Nixie of Mill-Pond

Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~2016~


Merman Oannes

sam 2SAMMY GEORGES, Artist, My Mentor Extraordinaire and Photographer as Oannes… Oannes was the name given by the Babylonian writer Berossus in the 3rd century BC to a mythical being who taught mankind wisdom. Berossus describes Oannes as having the body of a fish but underneath the figure of a man. He is described as dwelling in the Persian Gulf, and rising out of the waters in the daytime and furnishing mankind instruction in writing, the arts and the various sciences.

Underwater photography at The Piscine Georges Hermant in the 19th arrondissement, Paris by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016 ~


Tanaquill, the Faery Queen

saraWhat angel wakes me from my flowery bed?

Sara Cooke, (Artist and Mother to the McDonald Sisters) as Tanaquill from the Artist Underwater Series

Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016~


Ruby’s Metamorphosis

IMG_6897I have had the great privilege to be able to photograph the magical McDonald Sisters for the last five years…  and when I look over the photographs we have taken (a mere fraction of which I have posted) their metamorphosis into womanhood has been nothing short of astonishingly miraculous…  breathtaking, really.  And perhaps, when I began this project I did not truly understand the scope, or how tremendously moving it would be for me, the grandness of witnessing each of these tender buds, blossom into such beautifully unique flowers.  For in this photograph of Ruby, the youngest, it has become crystal clear to me that she is shedding her little red childhood cloak and bravely moving forward into the forest of the future and what ever may come her way… So I just want to humbly say, thank you for all the light and ticklish wonderment you have shared with me.  No, this is not the end, but nearly, and I wanted to leave you with my one wish for all of you, expressed so wondrously by  Maya Angelou, in  a letter she wrote to her daughter ~

“I am convinced that most people do not grow up…We marry and dare to have children and call that growing up. I think what we do is mostly grow old. We carry accumulation of years in our bodies, and on our faces, but generally our real selves, the children inside, are innocent and shy as magnolias.”

With much love and muchiness, I thank you!

oxox,

Ana

Photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016~


Anna Liffey

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She asked that it be named for her… the river.

Georgia McDonald as Anna Liffey

Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016 ~


Neave

pip2 Neave, (Bright Light) is the daughter of the god of the sea, Manannan mac Lir and one of the princesses of Tir na nOg, the land of eternal youth. When she grew up she fell in love with  poet-hero Oisin.

Ruby McDonald as Neave

Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016~


Olwen

IMG_0928 (1) copyWith the streaming yellow hair… when she walks flowers bloom beneath her steps.

Ruby Mcdonald as Olwen

Photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016~


Frigg

georgia 2The White Lady of Midsummer… Frigg’s home is in the great sea hall known as Fensalir, however, she also has a home in the celestial sphere where she enjoys spinning star dust.

Georgia Mcdonald as Frigg

Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016~


Rose’s Bloom

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“The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of it’s scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.”

~ Therese of Lisieux ~

Ruby McDonald as The Rose

Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016


The Rose…

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What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. William Shakespeare

With Ruby McDonald as The Rose

Underwater-photography by Anastasia Traina, 2016


The Last Breath of a Faerie…

The Last Breath of a FaerieThe Realm of Fairy is a strange shadow land, lying just beyond the fields we know. ~Author Unknown

Photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016 ~


Polymnia

deborah MasterDEBORAH 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 Waterbaby

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“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


Calliope and Homer

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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 !


Pyramus and Thisbe!

A very touching love story that is sure to move anyone who reads it is that of Pyramus and Thisbe. Theirs was a selfless love and they made sure that even in death, they were together. Pyramus was the most handsome man and was childhood friend of Thisbe, the fairest maiden in Babylonia. They both lived in neighboring homes and fell in love with each other as they grew up together. However, their parents were dead against them marrying each other. So one night just before the crack of dawn, while everyone was asleep, they decided to slip out of their homes and meet in the nearby fields near a mulberry tree. Thisbe reached there first. As she waited under the tree, she saw a lion coming near the spring close by to quench its thirst. Its jaws were bloody. When Thisbe saw this horrifying sight, she panicked and ran to hide in some hollow rocks nearby. As she was running, she dropped her veil. The lion came near and picked up the veil in his bloody jaws. At that moment, Pyramus reaches near the mulberry tree and sees Thisbe's veil in the jaws of the lion. He is completely devastated. Shattered, he pierces his chest with his own sword. Unknown to what just happened, Thisbe is still hiding in the rocks due to the fear of the lion. When she comes out after sometime, she sees what her lover did to himself. She is totally shattered when she sees the sword piercing right through her lover's chest. She also takes the sword and kills herself. Underwater Photography by Anastasia Traina ~2015~

A very touching love story that is sure to move anyone who reads it is that of Pyramus and Thisbe. Theirs was a selfless love and they made sure that even in death, they were together. Pyramus was the most handsome man and was childhood friend of Thisbe, the fairest maiden in Babylonia. They both lived in neighboring homes and fell in love with each other as they grew up together. However, their parents were dead against them marrying each other. So one night just before the crack of dawn, while everyone was asleep, they decided to slip out of their homes and meet in the nearby fields near a mulberry tree. Thisbe reached there first. As she waited under the tree, she saw a lion coming near the spring close by to quench its thirst. Its jaws were bloody. When Thisbe saw this horrifying sight, she panicked and ran to hide in some hollow rocks nearby. As she was running, she dropped her veil. The lion came near and picked up the veil in his bloody jaws. At that moment, Pyramus reaches near the mulberry tree and sees Thisbe’s veil in the jaws of the lion. He is completely devastated. Shattered, he pierces his chest with his own sword. Unknown to what just happened, Thisbe is still hiding in the rocks due to the fear of the lion. When she comes out after sometime, she sees what her lover did to himself. She is totally shattered when she sees the sword piercing right through her lover’s chest. She also takes the sword and kills herself.
Underwater Photography by Anastasia Traina ~2015~