In the meantime, though, I have this lovely blog, which I'm terribly excited about, but haven't yet figured out everything I'm going to post or how often. So while I'm thinking on that, I figured I would share with you theaterclouds! This is my favorite shop on Etsy (though I have yet to buy anything from it, I plan to snag a few prints next paycheck).
Elly Mackay, the proprietor of this shop, has some of the most original tactics for making art/photography I have ever seen. She cuts out and paints little images of people and landscapes and put them in a wooden theater, lights them and photographs them. What results is something like this--a dream, a fairytale, come to life:
It makes me think of Alice in Wonderland, selling seashells by the seashore, Oz (the hot-air balloon) and the ugly ducking all at once. Here is one of my other favorites, which reminds me of C. S. Lewis's "Voyage of the Dawn Treader":
Anyone who knows me knows I am an avid reader, but what I devour is mostly fantasy-- Neil Gaiman, Tad Williams-- but even more so, I have an insatiable love of children's literature: P. L. Traver's Mary Poppins, the Chronicles of Narnia, Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials, plus your Hans Christian Andersen, Grimm's fairy tales, and the list goes on.
I think my enjoyment of Elly Mackay's striking imagery is that the thousand words each photograph reminds me of is yet another of those stories I love so much.