ABOUT: Thanatos, in ancient Greek religion and mythology, is the personification of death. Thanatos was the son of Nyx, the goddess of night, and the brother of Hypnos, the god of sleep. He appeared to humans to carry them off to the underworld when their time allotted to them by the Fates had expired. My Thanatos passionately embraces the unknown. Why fear that which we have not yet encountered?
ABOUT: There is a saying, it’s a small world till you have to clean it. We’re acutely aware of the harm we do to our environment, our fragile planet. Though humor is intended here, there is a very serious undertone with the message.
ABOUT: Gaea is the goddess of the Earth, in Greek mythology. What could be more essential than the world we inhabit. More than our environment, Earth is us. This is a theme I will be returning to frequently. What could be more important?
ABOUT: My model is a woman very much in charge of herself, and self-aware. At a more mature age, she knows herself. She wore these wonderful heavy boots to our session, so I suggested she keep them on. They express gravity, confidence, and an earthiness. The title is right for this pose, and this model.
ABOUT: In Greek mythology, Echo was a chatterbox. Zeus loved to consort with beautiful nymphs on Eartn, but his wife, Hera, became suspicious. While looking for Zeus, she encountered Echo, who chattered incessantly as a distraction in order to protect Zeus. Hera put a spell on Echo – she could only repeat the last word she heard. The mirror works perfectly here to ‘repeat’ the image and reflect back what was just seen/heard.