Two or three weeks ago one such photograph came across my news feed that I quickly found myself enamored with. The model, who calls herself Mira, The Empress of Darkness, is seen standing outside a large, log house, which according to the photo, was built between 1620 and 1630. Her dark appearance integrates perfectly with the setting as grass and wild flowers grow atop this most rustic-looking of buildings. The scene is both Gothic and pastoral; I find it beautiful.
Although Miramariann, as she also calls herself, is a very compelling model, it is both her style of dress and the settings at which her photo-ops take place that I find equally appealing.
Several years back, I wrote a series of short stories and novelettes in which a lady named Raven is a central character. In each of these tales she dresses darkly but elegantly. Truth be told, Miramariann's fashion sense is almost exactly as I envisioned my Raven's at the time--dark, stylish, but not excessive. And just as my tales of Raven are generally cast in rural and natural settings, so are Miramariann's photo sessions; which apparently, take place in her native Norway. I consider the mix of her dark fashion, the rural setting in which her photo shoots take place, and the historic structures she and her photographer cast in the background, as art in the truest sense of the word. If nothing else, I'm amazed at how Mira's offerings mesh so well with my own imagination as seen through a fictitious character named Raven that I created some time ago.
I'm including a couple of favorites from Miramariann's collection here. But if you'd like to view more of her material you can visit her Facebook Page, which can be found right here.
She also has a blog that contains some wonderful photos. The text is in Norwegian, but Mira has graciously installed Google Translate, which is accessible from the top of the page. It helps! Believe me! Mira's Gotiske Verden can be found here.
Photos appear here courtesy of Mira: The Empress of Darkness