I would like to start out by stating that I am grateful for this project and to my friend, Lisa, for inviting my partnership on this journey into our very own creative deluge. I have been creating hair pieces, dolls, jewelry, assemblage, and collage pieces with mediums like Polymer clay, resin, fabric, mache', felt, metal, hair and more since 2010. Photography, although not entirely new to me, is newer to me as a freeform artistic expression.
In conjunction with my business, Fiercelocks, I had been photographing my model's hair, accessories, and products for my Etsy store for several years prior to recently when I began using my macro lens for sheer enjoyment. My current affinity, which is obvious to anyone following any of my feeds, is spiders!. Spider webs, spider eggs, spider carnage...dead spiders...live spiders. I think this penchant arises from a foreboding curiosity fused with appreciation for their tiny detailed forms, as well as some anticipation. I'm talking about the little shots of adrenaline that course through me as I furtively lean in close to a web.
Earthworms have become a relevant interest of mine in a similar manner to the way spiders captured my inky and whimsical heart. They are only slightly more predictable to capture since they respond to stimuli with more of a flight sequence. Spiders, although often obviously uncomfortable by my approach, attempt to make a retreat with less haste...some even get a little feisty (I actually do make an effort to avoid agitating them during shoots.) Earthworms possess an interesting form as their structure is both predictable and amorphous. Their exterior's specific viscosity, that dank shine, the effect that clarifies all of their muscle movements is engrossing to me as they effortlessly seep into soil that often seems a little too firm.
With ample alacrity, I am intrigued to watch our little creative sprouts flourish over the next 9 months. In addition to learning to use Photoshop to bring my web photos outside of the internet walls and onto actual walls, I will also be learning to use encaustic medium and practicing collaborating with Lisa's encaustic skills to further my photographed image's depth and interest.