Talented and young fine art photographer Kirsty Mitchell has produced an award-winning series of conceptual portraits titled ‘Wonderland’. Taking inspiration from the Alice in Wonderland story Mitchell decided to explore childhood themes shared by her mother, an English teacher, who died from cancer several years earlier. Beautiful Models dressed in extravagant costumes were photographed against mystical, natural settings like deeply wooded forests to evoke the elements of mystery and fantasy enjoyed by Mitchell’s mother.
The success of her first few photos drove the artwork into uncharted territory as the photoshoots grew into increasingly ornate endeavors where costumes and props for each image were sewn, painted, and assembled by hand, requiring up to five months of prep for a single shot. Mitchell recounts the series’ evolution in an essay on her website.
The full collection of 74 storybook images will soon be available on Kickstarter.