March 8, 2018

fairy tales


Nearly a year ago, some photographer friends of mine contacted me about doing a small feature in an online and print magazine they had been creating, and I was asked to make something that tied together my love for literature and photography. The magazine was called 'Journey to Artist' and sadly, its creators no longer have the time to devote to the hours that such an endeavor required. They stopped creating new content via that platform, but it was a truly lovely publication. It focused on how women and mothers express their lives and artistry through photography, and I was absolutely thrilled to be a part of it.

I wrote a small article about how fairy tales have always been such a huge part of my life, and how writing about and photographing my books put me on a path towards my professional photography practice.

Here is the full set of photos I created for the article -- I thought you might enjoy seeing them!




For the magazine, I thought I would feature some of my absolute favorite fairy tale books. I included 'The Golden Book of Fairytales' (Amazon doesn't allow for a link to that book, how odd! But I did a full post on that one HERE), and one of my all time favorites, 'Swedish Folk Tales' by John Bauer (you can see a post I did on that one HERE), as well a gorgeous book I have yet to post about here on Julia's Bookbag - that one is called 'The Green Willow and Other Japanese Fairy Tales', and it is a work of PURE BEAUTY.




At the end of the article, I wrote that photographing and writing about my fairy tale books was my way of honoring the books and stories that gave great comfort to the relatively solitary existence I led as a child. My books were my best friends, and it's given me such joy to give them new life through my blog!

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures. How sad that the magazine no longer exists ☹️

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    1. oh it was so inspiring to see the work of the other artists! they had a lovely community going. I cried when I got my issue of the magazine! No joke.

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  2. I love Fairy Tales. My grandmother told me stories that were memorized Fairy tales before I went to bed. Sad that magazine is no longer in circulation.

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    1. Oh what a lovely grandma! I like reading fairy tales for grownups and YA fiction style fairy tales now that I'm a 'grown-up'. And I love to re-read my old favorites! 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon' is one of my most loved stories.

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  3. ohhhhhh...these are lovely images! ♥

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    1. thank you so much! I think I need to print one of them and hang one near my desk :)

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  4. The Fairy stories my grandma would tell me before bed were from the "Red Fairy Book" Andrew Lang, and they have the "The Yellow Fairy Book" and the green, etc. The stories are not for very young kids because they are a bit long. My grandma condensed the story so I would understand it better.

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    1. I have every single one of Andrew Lang's Color fairy books! They were my FAVORITES when I was young. In the 5th grade, I think I read each one ten times! LOVE.

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  5. I have been collecting fairy tale books since my children were little. Cleveland Public Library has a huge collection of rare fairy tale books, they are behind glass. terrific post!

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    1. Oh how fun! That sounds like TREASURE. I'd be trying to figure out a way to connive, manipulate, or steal my way into that area of books ha ha ha!

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