My guest today is the very talented Elizabeth Lynn Shipe. She’s been working on a series of photographs called the Urban Fairy Tale series. The series has been touring around Wisconsin and they might be featured in Faerie Magazine. I love the concept and I think the images are great. Please join me in welcoming Elizabeth here today to Dark Faerie Tales and let us know what you think.
Hello Dark Faerie Tale Fans:
My name is Liz Shipe. I am the artistic director, clothing designer, creator, and model for the Urban Fairy Tale photography series. In conjunction with photographer Perry Heideman we’ve created these fresh interesting takes on old classics.
This project all started due to boredom. Last July I was working as a telemarketer and losing my mind. I needed something to occupy my time, something that I could be excited about again. Something with just a little bit of fairy dust sprinkled on it. So I found a photographer on craigslist, Perry Heideman. He had posted an ad to create photographs with a more complete narrative. I emailed him with this crazy idea and a week later we did the Snow White photo shoot.
From that day on the Urban Fairy Tale Series was in full swing. Since last July we have done seven full scale photo shoots all over Milwaukee and we have at least three more in early production stages. Whether we’re crawling around in the woods…
Or taking over the Hilton…
We always have a great time.
The series started as a way to occupy my time, but it became something so much bigger than I ever could’ve anticipated. We got our first gallery showing of all the prints at the Milwaukee Gay Arts center this last January. Next week the whole exhibit moves to Carte Blanche Studios, and after that The Windhover Center for the Arts in Fond du Lac.
We also have been in talks to put the whole series into a coffee table book to be sold online and eventually in stores.
So how did all this happen? I can only think that people see these photos and remember things that they’ve forgotten over time, things like make believe and bedtime stories. The series helps take us back to a time when magic pumpkins and poisoned apples were all too real.
Now I share my work with you. With each different picture I hope you might find a piece of looking glass that will take you to your own personal Wonderland.
For more information of the process of the Urban Fairy Tale Series check out the blog: Reconstructing Grimm
Or the Behind the Scenes webseries of the same name: Reconstructing Grimm Ep 1: The Steadfast Tin Soldier
Thanks very much for your time! Hope to get more of your questions and comments soon!
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