"The Ghost Swift"
Imagination can take us anywhere. Ask me, then I would like to go to Wonderland, not the cartoon version of 'Alice in Wonderland', but the modern version of Wonderland. I was not sure what it seems, until I saw this "Wonderland". A photography project that started in 2009 until now by a photographer named Kirsty Mitchell, born in 1976, and raised in the English county of Kent, known to many as the 'Garden of England'. Inspired by her mother's love, Maureen, who died in November 2008 due to a brain tumour. Maureen was an English teacher who spent her life inspiring generations of children with imaginative stories and plays.
"The Ghost Swift", which you can see above is the latest work from Kirsty for her Wonderland series. Impressive overall, that's what I get from her works. Not just the perfect photo angle in exposing the details, but all the supporting attributes, such as costumes, props, sets, and accessories that complement the theme, in fact made and designed by Kirsty herself, with the occasional help of a few friends. Collaborated with hair and make-up artist Elbie Van Eeden, bring the "Wonderland" to the upper level of perfection!
"The Ghost Swift" Costume
"There are no designers, stylists or wardrobe people involved. The scenes are real locations and are not the result of multiple composites, or photoshop tricks such as cloning or enlarging scales." Not surprising indeed, considering that Kirsty has an educational background related to her career today. She studied until she was 25, taking courses in the history of art, photography, fine art, and then on to train in ‘Costume for Film and Theatre’ at the London College of Fashion. Completing a first class degree with honours in fashion design, at Ravensbourne College of Art in the summer of 2001 and also completed two internships at the design studios of Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan during this time.
"The Ghost Swift" - Behind the scene.
"Wonderland" was exhibited at the SW1 Gallery, London on September 11, 2012. As well as currently being exhibited at Quaglino's Restaurant in London until November 13th. Visit Quaglino’s Restaurant now! And here are some other works from the Wonderland series by Kirsty Mitchell:
"The Lavender Princess"
"Daughter of Narnia"
"The Last Door of Autumn"
"A Floral Birth"
"The White Queen"
With the totality of which she has given, I think "Wonderland" by Kirsty Mitchell worth mentioning as the real wonderland on earth. To know more about Kirsty and her photography projects, you can visit her facebook page here! Or you can visit her website here!