• Francesca Nichol: Divine Seasons

    Autumn

    Posted on December 17, 2012 by Francesca Nichol

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    ……….I wanted to take the viewer on a journey through the changing seasons of the year using different makeup and styling tools. Each season represents a different goddess and different connotations from the color palettes, styling and facial poses. Pushing the surrealist effects in each photo I tried to create the impression of another world and with that followed the seasons with stories of ancient goddesses.

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    Starting with autumn, the image in black and white with a leaf headdress reminiscent of the Ancient Greek goddess Athena’s raised helmet. The distant gaze and profile focused viewpoint creates a sense of thoughtfulness and serenity, in keeping with the role of Athena as the goddess of wisdom. Flawless skin and dark eye make up draw attention to the eyes, from which the Ancient Greeks viewed the soul and wisdom of a person.

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    Winter

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    As these leaves fade winter comes and a layer of snow settles over mountains, branches of trees and the face of my model. The pulled back hair and high bun connote the strength and hubris of the virgin-huntress Aura, the Titan goddess of the breeze and cool air. The pale white skin tone with fresh blue accents holds the austere demeanor in keeping with the cold background. Bejeweled in icy crystals and large drop earrings the model’s styling emphasizes her austere demeanor.

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    Spring

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    Spring leaps forward replacing the coldness of winter and provide new growth of life. Another goddess comes forward, this time the goddess of love, Aphrodite. Rosy cheeks and flawless pale skin accentuate the calming and loving effect of this beautiful goddess. The color palette has remained subtle and muted but moves form the cold blues of winter to a romantic feel with soft pinks and purples. Hydrangeas frame her face like a halo or flower crown wreath and flow down decorating her famous long flowing hair.

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    Summer

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    As the sun heats up and summer arrives the palette transforms to rich reds and warm oranges. The roundness of the elevated hair bun reminds me of the sun and the goddess Eos who opens the gates of heaven each morning for the sun to rise. Often depicted in saffron-colored robs and golden arms she comes to life in this surreal portrayal with birds escaping from her golden cheeks and the sun slowly rising from behind her face.


    Photography by Francesca Nichol, Copyright 2012

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    Editor’s Note: Francesca Nichol is a senior enrolled in the College at the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2013. Ms. Nichol plans to work in advertising, photography and related fields upon graduation. To read more articles by Francesca Nichol, go to the search bar at the top of the page: enter name and click green icon.