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Posts tagged “Underwater photography

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 Haltija

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Is a fairy spirit or guardian of a place such as a glen of trees, water, the grave yard, villages, and homesteads. There are also Haltija’s which guards humans, by discreetly following them around to keep them safe.

The Haltija is a very close friend of Raisie and would like to invite you on September 8th  to “Reflections on the River,” an exhibition of works by local artists which includes Anastasia Traina.  The Milne Library in Williamstown will host the show where Raisie will be on display till Sept. 3oth 2016!

Just follow this link for all the vital information… http://milnelibrary.org/author/julianav7/

Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016~

Georgia McDonald as the Haltija


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~


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


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 !


Prometheus and Epimetheus

“Never let the light of Olympus die,” Prometheus warned. “If you keep the flames alive, you shall live good and happy lives.”
From the Underwater Artists Series ~ Scott Cohen and Lewis Toby ~
Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2015~


Foss Grim…

Foss Grim ~ Found in Germanic Lore, the name Foss Grim means “river horse” in Old Norse. The Foss Grim is a water spirit, with the body of a man and not that of a merman. He is said to be strikingly handsome, seen near rivers and bodies or water, barely clothed, and playing haunting music from his violin. His music would lure Women and Children into his watery home and their final resting place. However, it is believed that if properly approached, the Foss Grim will teach a musician to play so adeptly “that the trees dance and waterfalls stop at his music” Underwaterphotography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2015~

Foss Grim ~  means “river horse” in Old Norse. The Foss Grim is a water spirit, with the body of a man and not that of a merman. He is said to be strikingly handsome, seen near rivers and bodies or water, barely clothed, and playing haunting music from his violin. His music would lure Women and Children into his watery home and their final resting place. However, it is believed that if properly approached, the Foss Grim will teach a musician to play so adeptly “that the trees dance and waterfalls stop at his music”
Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2015~


Leanan Sidhe

 

A beautiful otherworld woman who stole young men for her pleasure, first in erotic dreams, then in the earthly world to lead the victim to her fairy palace. There the lover danced to fairy tunes, ate food more delicious than any known on earth, and drank delectable wine that never made one drunk...Should a man live through his return, food had no taste, and music no melody... Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2014 ~

A beautiful otherworld woman who stole young men for her pleasure, first in erotic dreams, then in the earthly world to lead the victim to her fairy palace. There the lover danced to fairy tunes, ate food more delicious than any known on earth, and drank delectable wine that never made one drunk…Should a man live through his return, food had no taste, and music no melody…
Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2014 ~


The Enchanted Moura

The mouras encantadas are shapeshifters and there are a number of legends, and versions of the same legend, as a result of centuries of oral tradition. They appear as guardians of the pathways into the earth and of the "limit" frontiers where it was believed that the supernatural could manifest itself.Mouras encantadas are magical maidens who guard castles, caves, bridges, wells, rivers, and treasures.  Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~2014~

The mouras encantadas are shapeshifters and there are a number of legends, and versions of the same legend, as a result of centuries of oral tradition. They appear as guardians of the pathways into the earth and of the “limit” frontiers where it was believed that the supernatural could manifest itself.Mouras encantadas are magical maidens who guard castles, caves, bridges, wells, rivers, and treasures.
Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~2014~


Lorelei

poem by Heinrich Heine I know not if there is a reason Why I am so sad at heart. A legend of bygone ages Haunts me and will not depart. The air is cool under nightfall. The calm Rhine courses its way. The peak of the mountain is sparkling With evening's final ray. The fairest of maidens is sitting So marvelous up there, Her golden jewels are shining, She's combing her golden hair. She combs with a comb also golden, And sings a song as well Whose melody binds a wondrous And overpowering spell. In his little boat, the boatman Is seized with a savage woe, He'd rather look up at the mountain Than down at the rocks below. I think that the waves will devour The boatman and boat as one; And this by her song's sheer power Fair Lorelei has done. Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina

poem by Heinrich Heine
I know not if there is a reason
Why I am so sad at heart.
A legend of bygone ages
Haunts me and will not depart.
The air is cool under nightfall.
The calm Rhine courses its way.
The peak of the mountain is sparkling
With evening’s final ray.
The fairest of maidens is sitting
So marvelous up there,
Her golden jewels are shining,
She’s combing her golden hair.
She combs with a comb also golden,
And sings a song as well
Whose melody binds a wondrous
And overpowering spell.
In his little boat, the boatman
Is seized with a savage woe,
He’d rather look up at the mountain
Than down at the rocks below.
I think that the waves will devour
The boatman and boat as one;
And this by her song’s sheer power
Fair Lorelei has done.
Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina


The Sisters, II

Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~2014~

Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~2014~


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Merlin's Wife Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~2014 !

Merlin’s Wife
Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~2014 !


ECHIDNA

Here Echidna appears in her human form ~ Normally she is half...lovely woman, and half...speckled serpent.  Echidna is the enchanted creature we call, Hydra. Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~2014~

Here Echidna appears in her human form ~ Normally she is half…lovely woman, and half…speckled serpent. Echidna is the enchanted creature we call, Hydra.
Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~2014~


The Sisters

Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~2014~

Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~2014~


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The Sea Anemone

The Sea Anemone

Photo by Anastasia Traina ~ 2014 ~


THE ENCHANTMENT