Persephone and Hades Book Photoshoots


My final project in my second year was to make a book or publication. Well I made a book called Phantasmagoria, filled with different kinds of fairy tales, stories and myths and legends through photographs, it also included poems, sayings and short stories. One of my main image sets was the story of Hades and Persephone.


I borrowed this dress from a fashion student I had shot for in my first year and wasn’t using it any more, I thought it gave a perfectly “willowy” and “Slender Man” kind of look that I was after.  My model is actually wearing a wig, or at-least I’m pretty sure she was, it looks so real its really hard to remember properly, Imogen did her own make-up which came out looking really cool and effective, I love make-up that stands out in an image.


We found a Greek Colosseum style grave area and ran with it, going for the creepy, unnerving look rather than out right and obvious.

We worked with natural light and I loved how natural Imogen was herself, she danced around the sight in barefoot not giving a damn about who saw us and took instruction really well.

Hades worshipping at the feet of Zeus.

The Persephone shoot was done at a totally different time and at that moment, wasn’t sure if I would go ahead and connect the two ideas. Sarah was visiting a friend and agreed to shoot with me during this time, in this day we shot about four or five different ideas and set and locations and it was really stressful – probably because of the size of the bags I was carrying around full of costumes and accessories! The dress was loaned from the same designer as with Hades, but I added the flowers myself thanks to Pearls and Swine.

We just dabbled with the make-up, not fully committing to it but still giving a go 😛

From Wiki “In Greek mythology, Persephone is the daughter of Zeus and the harvest-goddess Demeter, and queen of the underworld. Homer describes her as the formidable, venerable majestic queen of the underworld, who carries into effect the curses of men upon the souls of the dead. Persephone was abducted by Hades, the god-king of the underworld. The myth of her abduction represents her function as the personification of vegetation which shoots forth in spring and withdraws into the earth after harvest; hence she is also associated with spring and with the seeds of the fruits of the fields.”

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