Monday, 6 May 2013

Translating Real-Life Experiences into Art

You always hear people - be it your English teacher or an artist - talk about the importance expressing your real-life emotions and experiences. And it's one of those things that goes over our heads because we've heard it so much but seen little evidence.

Whilst browsing the internet yesterday, I came across these pictures and I was immediately blown away.

I couldn't get over the beauty and elegance behind these images. The photographs were taken by Kirsty Mitchell, an english photographer. The pictures shown above are from her collection entitled, 'Wonderland' inspired by the life and death of her mother. 
"Real life became a difficult place to deal with, and I found myself retreating further into an alternative existence through the portal of my camera. This escapism grew into the concept of creating an unexplained storybook without words, dedicated to her, that would echo the fragments of the fairytales she read to me constantly as a child." -Kirsty Mitchell

The artist would spend months trying to get the perfect shot to accurately represent her mother. Passion and emotion are two key factors behind any work of art - Mitchell's work clearly embodies both. Just looking at her photography can transport you into a beautiful fantasy land.

All forms of art - be it writing, painting or photography - are at their best when they have been inspired by real-life experiences and real emotions. Art can be the most fantastic form of escape. "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." (Thomas Merton)


For more of Kirsty Mitchell's Work visit her website .

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