FAIRYTALES ARE UNTRUE STORIES. FABRICATIONS OF OUR OWN IMAGINATION THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH HISTORICAL FACTS. STORIES THAT TALK ABOUT MAGIC. ABOUT GOOD AND BAD, OFTEN PERSONIFIED BY BEAUTIFUL PRINCESSES AND EVIL QUEENS. ABOUT HEROISM THAT GOES BEYOND NORMAL COMPREHENSION. AND ABOUT ENCHANTED KINGDOMS THAT ARE ALWAYS FAR, FAR AWAY. BUT ARE THESE STORIES REALLY ONLY MAKE BELIEVE? COULD IT NOT BE THAT THERE REALLY IS MORE BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH?
Every generation seems to have its own fairy tales, though the stories are as old as Methuselah. Many years ago, fairy tales were stories told around a campfire or next to a or next to a fireplace. This is the time where not many knew how to read or write, and the stories were passed from generation to generation. Later, when reading and writing became common good, there was less need to recall those stories from mouth to mouth. But thanks to a few we didn’t loose them either. The tales were collected and written down in books, often accompanied with beautiful illustrations. Many of us grew up with those stories, read to us before bedtime. And even today, in a time where technology can bring the most imaginary things to life on film, those ancient fairytales live on. And that makes you wonder. If those stories have been around for so long, without loosing their interest, could there not be a grain of truth in them?
If you have ever spent time in a large and dense forest? The kind where a thick canopy prevents you from seeing blue sky. Where sunlight only reaches the ground through a filter of leaves? And if so, did you not sometimes have that feeling that you were not alone, even though you knew there was no one around? The sensation that the shadows created by moving leafs and whimsical branches are not really shadows, but magical entities living a silent life in the dimness of the vegetation? And what about that old majestic house, where you once spent the night. Did you not have the feeling that the past was still present, possibly in a parallel existence? Watching you… There is more between heaven and earth and it is not a conclusion we came to make in recent generations. Already the Bible talks about giants, unicorns, witches and dragons. Snow White fell for the temptation of an apple, but so did Eve. Which element in the old stories is true and where does the imagination begin?
If there is one piece of fruit that is associated with magic and fairy tales, it is the apple. The apple is the forbidden fruit by definition, often used as symbol for immortality (Snow White) and seduction (Eve). Photographer Jay Rickard is the kind of man who creates magic with his camera and light. Fascinated with time – seeing the past in our presence and having the impossible possibility to live another life 500 years from now with all his memories in tact - Jay is able to capture those sensations in his portraits. Jay’s website is named Lightweaver and that is not without reason. Because like a dream catcher, that is what Jay does. He weaves light and shadow together, creating images that seem more illusion than reality. Jay Rickard is a modern day Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson, composing magical tales in photographic stories.
Walt IV is 23 years old and lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. Walt is fascinated by Greco-Roman sculpture and loves to work with photographers who share his interest. Obviously he found an outlet for his passion while working with Jay Rickard. Jay on his turn found a new muse in Walt IV and their mutual interests have resulted in a collection of portraits that bring the magic back into our lives. The first shoot Jay and Walt worked on was outdoors, and the result is absolutely enchanting. We cannot decide whether Walt IV resembles a young Adam, strolling lonesome through the Secret Garden of Eden, or a elf who’s silent existent is invisible for most eyes, except the lens of Jay Rickard. In another shoot Walt materializes as an entity who lives in the shadows of history, occupying a plane of time amongst antique furniture that, like him, withstands the sands of time. And who can say no to Walt IV offering the apple in Jay Rickard’s vision of pure seduction. No matter what scene Jay weaves, these images of Walt IV are snapshots of an imagination hidden in the shadows of our daily existence. And a proof that fairytales are more than just made up stories. –BM-
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