Dreamland Preview

June 05, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
The following images are a sneak peek into the upcoming Dreamland series currently in production. All images in this series will be available as limited edition prints at the time of the official series launch later this year.
The series is about two sisters Annabelle and Margret, who become separated, with Margret being drawn into the fantasy world of dreamland. The story will follow Annabelles' search for her sister and the assortment of people she meets along the way.
Dreamland is a place outside of time, a shadow-land in need of an innocent soul. Each character has a story, a struggle within that explores the intricacies of the human psyche. Rich in fairytale-like themes of innocence, jealousy, heroism, sorrow, hope, dark vs light, and more. Dreamland explores the idea that we all create our own reality and that we all have the power to change our world.
This series has been in my head for some time now, and was originally inspired by a set of poems I wrote years ago, which I will share as the story unfolds. I am adamant about creating each character and setting in a real moment of time, allowing it a certain amount of reality in our modern world, even if just for a moment. In doing so, I hope that I can somehow make a difference; to help heal our own world in this time of turmoil. For this reason, there will be no compositing or layering of images. What you see in each image will be real at the moment of shooting. All the props, costumes, and settings will be set up, or created by me and my team. The photos will be edited for touch ups and color toning, but no additional elements will be added post production. In order to celebrate the beauty of nature, the images will all be photographed outside. Because of this, I will be carefully considering the seasons and lighting of each setting, waiting a whole year if necessary to capture the scene. The project will be large in scope, and will include a storyline which I hope to publish into a book, a traveling exhibit, and a workshop series. I will be blogging and posting behind the scenes images to share my journey. I hope that you will join me in this journey and find healing, peace, and hope along the way.
Blessings,
~Melanie

 The Story In her Eyes is one of the images of The Red Queen in the series. She is a young woman with a timeless and classic beauty who is jealous of anyone who draws attention away from her. More of her story will be revealed as the series progresses.

 This is one of the images of The Midnight Rose that will be included in the series. The Midnight Rose is a free-spirited woman who mourns her lost love and only comes out at night. He tried so hard to please her and hold onto her love, but she was blind to his devotions and eventually left him. He was so distraught that he committed suicide and now she feels responsible for his death. She has moments of manic happiness where she dances alone in the dark interspersed with moments of sorrow and regret over her lost love because no one has loved her as much since. In this image we observe her in her moment of sorrow.

 The Wind Whisperer knows the secrets only the wind can tell. Mysterious, reclusive, and somewhat cryptic in nature, she will play an important part in helping Annabelle find her sister.

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