Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Hansel and Gretel and the Labyrinth of Salt

The Salt Labyrinth
It's theme challenge time of the week again, and this time I got my photos taken early!

As usual, this is for the art & photography challenge over on Delightful Aberrations.

This week, I decided to combine three of the five prompts: curl, accompany and salt.

I drew a labyrinth using salt, and these two little vintage dolls were my models.
They make me think of Hansel & Gretel! 

Lost, In Thought
Labyrinths like these, on a grander scale, are a space for prayer, meditation and reflection. A labyrinth has only one path, which follows a curving line--the way in is the way out. In googling for a good explanation, I found Sacredwalk, which has lots of information on the history and use of labyrinths!

In folklore around the world, salt is considered able to dispel evil--witches kept at bay, demons cast out, faerie-cursed people cured, travellers protected from evil spirits, and more.

Nothing particularly technical to write about this time. I shot these with a Nikon D3300, and whilst setting up the shot discovered that salt is a messy substance to draw designs with, despite a handy pouring spout!

1 comment:

  1. These are brilliant! I like that the salt could be keeping "Hansel & Gretel" safe from the witch.
    Also, even though you mentioned that the salt got a little messy, I think that makes the salt maze look like it's floating in space.

    On a slight tangent, to me, the shape of the labyrinth in the second one looks like a brain, so the title made me think of that show/film 'Lost in Space'. :)