The idea behind this series, was to create drama through mystery and horror within photos. Why do people find dolls scary? Partly because of horror films based on dolls e.g. chucky, but also because of the mystery a doll holds. The blank expressions and the quiet atmosphere can torment the minds of people due to the fear of the unknown.
In this shoot I needed the model to look more than evil, more than scary. I wanted her to look lost to the point of being possessed. This was primarily achieved by the model putting herself in the role of a possessed girl with emphasis on giving a blank look to the camera. This look was meant to give people the intention that she had come from the dead (the blank expression, pale skin, and no eyes adding to that). The aim was to create an image which brought viewers to feel as if they are witnessing this “creature” right in front of their eyes and to feel the cold atmosphere around her.
This series was inspired by the idea of Ursula’s two-faced act in the little mermaid. When Ursula first meets prince Eric, he sees an innocent, kind-hearted and beautiful woman. However, little did he know, Ursula was putting on an act and she stole the beauty from Ariel. He then soon notices the true Ursula. Linking back to this series, the idea is that when the viewer first sees this character, they see innocence and laughter with beautiful flowers symbolising that innocence. However, when she turns to face the viewer, she is devilish symbolising evil. This mirrors the idea of being two-faced.
What is an angel? An angel is a supernatural/mythical creature relating to religion. Angels are creatures who are known to be Gods helpers and they are habituated in heaven. Angels symbolise good, which is shown through their white wings and white clothes (as white symbolises purity and kindness). In this series, I wanted to photograph an angel to emphasise her purity and innocence through symbolism through the aesthetic.