The Green Woman - Lady of the Forest
Back in early June at the medieval fair in Tønsberg I found this beautiful golden leaf mask that I just completely fell in love with, and ever since then I've wanted to have a little photo shoot inspired by the Green Man - a motif, carved or sculpted, found in many cultures around the world depicting a face, usually male, encircled by leaves. It is often seen as a god of nature or a kind of nature spirit, symbolizing the growrh of new life in spring. I have long been fascinated by this Green Man figure, and wanted to create my own version, a Green Woman, using the mask that I found at that fair.
So, yesterday I decided to act out that idea of mine, since it was such a lovely autumn day. My husband was the photographer, using his Canon EOS 40D camera. Unfortunately we didn't bring the heavy tripod, as we had to walk a fair distance, so the photos didn't turn out a crisp and clear as we might want, but I think they look great anyway. The shoot took place deep in the woods, where the sun shone down through the trees to create magical dappled patterns and mysterious shadows.
The Green Woman. The medieval dress is from Beyla Design, and the large Celtic knotwork shawl/cloak I bought on Inis Mór, Ireland.
This autumn leaf headband is one I made last October, and remains one of my favourite accessories.
The Lady of the Forest
I'm glad I finally was able to act out this idea! What do my readers think?
Oh, and you may have noticed that I'm now writing in English. This is both because I have many English-speaking friends and followers around the world, and because I really feel more at ease writing in English than in Norwegian anyway (sadly enough, as one's mother tongue should be looked after and cherished). I hope this will be all right with all of my readers.
Hvis det er noen som foretrakk at jeg skrev på norsk, må dere gjerne si fra om det i kommentarfeltet! Jeg vil gjerne høre alles meninger.