If you haven't looked at Kirsty Mitchells work then please do so right now!
I first discovered Kirsty's work back in 2009 on Flickr, the first photo I saw was The Lavender Princess. I was taken back by the soft blue hues, blanket of lavender and puff of smoke pouring out of an umbrella made of buddleia, I was in awe that a place like this existed and and someone had captured such an awe inspiring photograph. I subsequently began following her work and reading into the story behind the Wonderland series.
Wonderland is a personal project that started as a platform for Kirsty to celebrate her mothers life after she sadly passed away from a brain tumour. It is an exploration and journey reliving the stories her mother read her as a child and using her skills as a fashion designer and photographer to create a fantasy world to escape in.
Her strength and determination to stage and create such beautiful scenes is truly inspiring to me and it something I wish to adopt in my own work. It is far too easy these days to rely on the use of Photoshop to morph objects and change their scales but this isn't something Kirsty wanted to do. Everything you see in her photos was real and made or found specifically for a shoot. Large cakes, chairs made from lavender, fields of flowers and half a dozen ships made from steel were carefully planned, designed and made so they could physically appear in the photo rather than being cloned in. It excites the imagination and that belief that fantasy worlds can truly exist in reality.
What do you think of her work?