This image is a part of project 12.

Story of 11 – the becoming

“What happened last night?” I asked

“You mean in general or are we still talking about this water?” the Muse replied.

“In general.”

“You grew. Hurts, huh?”

“Yeah. It does but now. Muse, I feel so energetic and powerful. I feel I could move a mountain!”

“Great idea! Let’s do that!”

“No, I meant, I feel like that. I didn’t mean it literally…”

“Oooh, in that case, pity ‘cos I know some mountains that could use some moving and the reality that could be bent. I guess we need to wait for that a bit longer.”

The night storm had caused small damage here and there. Nothing serious though. Perhaps it was way bigger in my head than in reality. Now, the air was fresh, crisp and it was going to be a beautiful day.

The healing

Project 12 is not only images. It’s also a short story. This short story is not ready yet but it will be published as a book when the time is right. If you don’t want to miss that… drop me your email.

Buy 11 – the becoming

If you like this image, you can, of course, order it. It’s available in the following options:

Limited edition: 25 copies, 40×60 cm print on Ilford smooth pearl paper on dibond with acrylic glass and hanging frame. This edition is ready to hang on your wall.

Unlimited edition: small B5 prints on glossy paper (Ilford Crystal gloss) with a window mat.

Take a look here for the impressions of both editions.

Unlimited edition: small B5 prints on glossy paper

BTS of 11 – the becoming

This is one of the last images I created as sketch and almost the last to shoot. It took me some time to wrap the story together, to formulate what I actually wanted to say. Once I had that… how will I show it? That was an issue. I knew I needed a multiplication of the same figure over-and-over. Creating yourself, becoming, transforming, shedding skin… But should it be one drawing the other, that is sculpturing yet another one, even though itself it is not finished yet? In the end I opted for this particular one. It implies the pain of growing. It implies that the old has to die for the new to be born.

The shooting was easy. It just took a lot of changing of dresses and I bet my neighbors had lots of fun watching me in the garden.

Editing wasn’t hard but very time-consuming. And then… I couldn’t save… and then it took 4 hours to figure out what the problem was and to fix it. At some point, I thought I was going to through my Mac out of the window.

Luckily for all of us, everything just ended up fine.

What do you think? Would you agree growing is painful?