Enchanting aquatic creatures that are known to sing to men or Gods to seduce and distract them to lure them to smash their ships on the rocks? Depicted mermaids squeezing the life out of drowning men while attempting to rescue them? Also said to carry humans down to their underwater kingdoms? In Homer’s Odyssey, a Greek epic dating to at least 800 BC, the hero Ulysses ties himself to the mast of his ship to resist the sirens. I have read that in the last thousand years the siren story became mixed with the European mermaid story, and mermaids are sometimes called sirens. There is a distinct difference between them, but either way the mermaids have been enduring symbols in myth and culture for thousands of years and the powerful attraction is compelling.
Lily wanted to have her picture taken, portraying as mermaid, inspired from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean 4, where mermaids takes a central role. I had been thinking for a long time to do just that with me as a model, but I never found the time. So I understood how Lily was thinking, and her idea came very natural for me to interpret. I got the photo studio prepared with shells and starfish for props with the fan to get the accurate wind from the ocean blowing in her hair. After the make up was done we had to figure out different positions for her to sit. Poses that would look natural and make the graphic designer’s job easier. What position will the fish tail take and so on and where should all the hair be?
On these links below, Lily tells us about her thought on mythology, literature, religion and the topic of gender when it comes to these aquatic mythological creatures. The link is translated in three languages.
English >>> Swedish >>> Spanish >>>
We had a great time doing this photo shoot. Now the rest of the interpretation laid in the hands of graphic designer Mattias Savage. Lots and lots of work behind these pictures.
I hope you enjoy them ; )
Photo & Make up: Tallee Savage
Graphics: Mattias Savage
“Mermaid from hell” Stating the starfish is MINE!!!! Evil he he he
”Aye. Mermaids. Sea ghouls, devil-fish, dreadful in hunger for flesh of man. Mermaid waters, that be our path. Cling to your soul, Gibbs, as mermaids be given to take the rest, to the bone.”
―Hector Barbossa and Joshamee Gibbs
P.S To see other projects I have done with this Argentinean beauty check into this link HERE >>>