I have been working as of late on creating “fantasy” sets in the studio that have a bit of magic, imagination and fun. Once I got started on this, the possibilities seem to be endless. Ideas seem to pop into my head from anywhere these days. Some of the most common household items now have potential as magic… what was once a candle snuffer, now is Tinkerbell's house… what was once a towel, is now moss for the forest floor…what once was a jewellery box, is now a treasure chest… It's really all about the story we make up about something. I continue to be amazed at how well children immerse themselves into 'the story' and add to it with their own imagination.
All they need is permission and a bit of a lead-in….then, how much FUN it is once they jump in. Whereas this started with little girls in mind, brothers then wanted to jump in, but with their own characters, story and imagination.
How healing this has been for many, even with only leaving 'reality' for a short time…there's the power of laughter, imagination and fun.
When parents gasp and tears appear upon seeing the photos for the first time, I know I have done my job.
What is it about magic that touches our emotions?
Maybe we all need to make up a new story about something in our lives…