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Dark Arts From The Soul

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  • Mystical Chalice 
     
    For may years people have chased after the mystical chalice in one form or another, in computer games , in movies , books and also in real life.
    Here it is eventually I found it …. not really I did create it though.
    Piece created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro @ f11 for 3 seconds.
    The chalice was sprayed with methylated spirit and ammonium dichromate was spooned into it, as the ammonium ignited it created the effect seen coming from the chalice, the lighting on the pentagram and along the stem of the chalice was done with torches.
  • Burnig Through Time
     
    Still with plenty to accomplish in life this work represents my fear of the rapid passing of time and the fact that I, as we all, can do nothing but submit to its never-ending power, its constant “Tic Toc Tic Toc” as the sands continue to pass relentlessly and unstoppable and watch as it passes by at ever increasing speeds.
    The moments left to achieve our goals ebbing away with the tides of time.
    Piece created using a NIkon D90 and a Sigma 150 f2.8 macro @ f9.5 for 6 seconds.
    The sand timer was sprayed with methylated spirit and ignited and the lighting was a selection of carefully placed torches.
  • The Impact Of The Inquisition
     
    During the Inquisition, The Church lapsed into a long period of torture and conducted itself in the most heinous fashion. More people were killed for being label pagan or witch that died during the Holocaust. During this time the pentagram was seen a Goat’s Head or the Devil in the form of Baphomet. It was Baphomet whom the Inquisition accused the Templars of worshiping. And their order was disbanded. Many Knights of the order refused to give up their beliefs, opting to meet in secret and hide their knowledge from the public. A custom that is still practiced today.
    Piece created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro , an altar pentagram and some methylated spirit.
  • Hells Key
     
    The fiery key to hell being wielded by its skeletal protector its dark empty eyes burning with hatred for the souls it keeps under lock and key.
    Art created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro some methylated spirit and an OLD skeleton key and a skull.
  • The Bull Run
     
    In the bull run conducted annually in Spain the bulls are complete with their horns, anyone getting caught by these horns can suffer greatly as the horns inflict burning pain on their victim or even death.
    In this piece the burning cow horns are representative of pain and the darkness surrounding our moo is representing the worst possible outcome … death.
    No cows were harmed during this photo shoot but my ornament got a little singed !
    Work created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro &f8 for 1 sec
    The burning horns were done by igniting methylated spirit on the horns.
  • Smokers Prism
     
    The smoker trapped within this Prison (prism) unable to escape through the flames that surrounds it.
    Piece created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro and some methylated spirit.
  • The Hearts Prison
     
    My heart contained within its prison once free to beat once free to love, darkness surrounds this evil place, the fires of time envelope this cage.
    How oh how can I put them out to allow my heart to beat again.
    The light bulb in this piece was squirted with Methylated spirit and ignited.
    Colour levels have been adjusted for final result.
    Piece created using a NIkon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
  • 1966 Year Of The Fire Horse
     
    People born during the year of the Fire Horse are notorious for being bad luck. People born during a Fire Horse years are said to be irresponsible, rebellious, and overall bad news.
    And for some reason, women are said to be especially dangerous Fire Horses. They supposedly sap their family’s finances, neglect their children, and drive their father and husband to an early grave.
    This myth is so powerful that it seriously affects how people behave. Men might avoid marrying a Fire Horse, and families avoid giving birth to Fire Horse children.
    In 1966, the year of the Fire Horse, people in Japan (and elsewhere in Asia) really, really tried not to have kids, either because they thought that the Fire Horse myth was true, or because they were worried that others would treat their kids differently because of the Fire Horse myth. Japanese people practised birth control, and used abortion all in an effort to not have children during the year of the Fire Horse.
    Work created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8
  • The Phoenix Feather
     
    A phoenix is a mythical bird that is a fire spirit with a colourful plumage and a tail of gold and scarlet (or purple, blue, and green according to some legends). It has a 500 to 1000 year life-cycle, near the end of which it builds itself a nest of twigs that then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix or phoenix egg arises, reborn anew to live again.
    Work crated using a Nikon D90 a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro , some blutack , a feather, methylated spirit and a lighter.
  • The Demise Of Icarus 
     
    Icarus is the son of the master craftsman Daedalus. The main story told about Icarus and his attempt to escape from Crete by means of wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax. He ignored instructions not to fly too close to the sun, and the melting wax caused him to fall into the sea where he drowned.
    The fate of Icarus has also drawn attention as an example of human folly or bravado. Icarus would not accept reasonable limits. He went too far, flying beyond the bounds that had been set. As a result, he met with disaster.
    Work created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
  • The Temptation Of Immortality
     
    In this piece the apple is enveloped with the mystical magics of time, death, immortality and most of all temptation. 
    Apples…
    The apple is a very rich symbol. Temptation is the first one that springs to mind. A very rich, and very old, image is that of a skeleton holding an apple: the temptations/sins that lead to death.
    It is also said that the apple is symbolic of immortality and reincarnation and it represents the cycle of life, death and rebirth.
    Work created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro @f8 for 6 seconds.
    Also used 
    1 x apple 
    a small torch to create the swirling around the apple.
  • The Judgement Of Paris
     
    THE JUDGEMENT OF PARIS was a contest between the three most beautiful goddesses of Olympus—Aphrodite, Hera and Athena—for the prize of a golden apple addressed to “the fairest”
    The story begins at the Wedding of Peleus and Thetis to which all of the gods were invited, all except Eris, the goddess of discord. When she appeared at the festivities, she was turned away, and in her anger cast a golden apple amongst the assembled goddesses addressed “To the Fairest.” Three goddesses laid claim to the apple—Aphrodite, Hera and Athena. Zeus was asked to mediate and he commanded Hermes to lead the three goddesses to Paris of Troy to decide the issue. The three goddesses appearing before the shepherd prince, each offering him gifts for favour. He chose Aphrodite, swayed by her promise to bestow upon him Helene, the most beautiful woman, for wife. The subsequent abduction of Helene led directly to the Trojan War and the fall of the city.
    Work created using a NIkon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 
    Image shot at f8 for 6 seconds
    Also used:-
    1x Apple
    Gold spray paint
    A small torch and a big torch
  • Hells Apple
     
    From Hell’s heart I stab at thee. For Hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee
    Work created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro.
  • Apple Bomb
     
    SSSSSSSSSSS.... BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM 
  • King Of Fire And Ice
     
    Piece created using a NIkon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
    The clear chess piece was selected to look like ice and a light was shone through from the side, the piece was then squirted with Methylated spirit and ignited.
    No photo editing except for colour and contrast levels.
  • Love! You Dealt A Bitter Blow
     
    The metaphor of a rose the flower most associated with love starting to burn is that of the end of love and as it ends burning with all the pain of fire unable to extinguish until everything is gone.
    Image created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro.
  • Thanatos
     
    Thanatos (Death) is the twin brother of Hypnos, the god of sleep. He is typically shown with his brother, and is usually considered to be gentle. His job in the mystic realm is to escort the deceased to the god of the underworld, Hades. Once in Hades’ kingdom, Thanatos (Death) hands the dead over to Charon, a skeletal body, black cloaked being awaiting the delivery).
    Art created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro , a skull, some methylated spirit to create the fire and the eyes are layered in and are a macro photo of my own eyes.
  • Demon Tears
     
    The tears and the pain of life and death burn their way from the eyes of our inner demon as the fires rage all around consuming all that is left within our souls.
    Art created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro, some methylated spirit and a skull.
  • Demons Consume
     
    Within us all are hidden demons that can manifest themselves in many ways but the reality is always the same , they burn they destruct and they consume.
    Piece created using a Nikon D90 a Sigma 150mm f2.8 a skull , some methylated spirit, a long lighter and some lighting.
    Shot at f11 for 8 seconds.
  • Burn Blood & Salvation
     
    The crucifix burns, the crucifix burns and the crucifix bleeds
    This symbol and that which it represents is responsible for many wars throughout history wars that bring bloodshed death and destruction this is represented by the fire and the blood running from the centre cross.
    The symbol and that which it represents is also responsible for salvation and the calming of peoples hearts and minds this is represented by the water dousing the flames.
    Piece created using a Nikon D90 a Sigma 150mm f2.8 a crucifix , some methylated spirit, a spray bottle with some water, a long lighter and some lighting.
  • Baphomet
     
    Baphomet is a demonic figure that appears in occult and folkloric traditions – although often confused with Satan this entity is technically a different demon altogether and is widely believed to be an invention of medieval scholars: however their attempts to demonise him may of worked a little too well as Baphomet has been adopted by a few societies of the Left-Hand Path as a patron figure.
    Baphomet is, according to legend, a goat-headed fertility-spirit (or demon) that was worshipped by practitioners of the occult – although there was little evidence of this actually occuring until later in history: he was also supposedly the secret benefactor of the Knight Templars during the height of the persecution against the Order (which was later renounced by the Catholic Church as unjust and the order cleared of all wrongdoing).
    Despite this, Baphomet became popular amongst those who opposed orthodox religion or order and became a patron of many different Left-Hand faiths, amongst them theistic Satanism – he was seen as either a symbol or a literal being depending on the beliefs of the cult and could vary in function.
    Piece created using a Nikon D90 a Sigma 150mm f2.8 a rams skull , some methylated spirit,a crucifix and a long lighter and some lighting.
    Shot at f8 for 4 seconds.
  • The Offering
     
    In the beginning there was no fire and the earth was cold. Then the Thunderbirds sent their lightning to a sycamore tree on an island where the Weasels lived. The Weasels were the only ones who had fire and they would not give any of it away.
    The people knew that there was fire on the island because they could see smoke coming from the sycamore, but the water was too deep for anyone to cross. When winter came the people suffered so much from the cold that they called a council to find some way of obtaining fire from the Weasels. They invited all the animals who could swim.
    “How shall we obtain fire?” the people asked.
    Most of the animals were afraid of the Weasels because they were bloodthirsty and ate mice and moles and fish and birds. Rabbit was the only one who was brave enough to try to steal fire from them. “I can run and swim faster than the Weasels,” he said. “I am also a good dancer. Every night the Weasels build a big fire and dance around it. Tonight I will swim across and join in the dancing. I will run away with some fire.”
    He considered the matter for a while and then decided how he would do it. Before the sun set he rubbed his head with pine tar so as to make his hair stand up. Then, as darkness was falling, he swam across to the island.
    The Weasels received Rabbit gladly because they had heard of his fame as a dancer. Soon they had a big fire blazing and all began dancing around it. As the Weasels danced, they approached nearer and nearer the fire in the centre of the circle. They would bow to the fire and then dance backwards away from it.
    When Rabbit entered the dancing circle, the Weasels shouted to him: “Lead us, Rabbit!” He danced ahead of them, coming closer and closer to the fire. He bowed to the fire, bringing his head lower and lower as if he were going to take hold of it. While the Weasels were dancing faster and faster, trying to keep up with him, Rabbit suddenly bowed very low so that the pine tar in his hair caught fire in a flash of flame.
    He ran off with his head ablaze, and the angry Weasels pursued him, crying, “Catch him! Catch him! He has stolen our sacred fire! Catch him, and throw him down!”
    But Rabbit outran them and plunged into the water, leaving the Weasels on the shore. He swam across the water with the flames still blazing from his hair.
    The Weasels now called on the Thunderbirds to make it rain so as to extinguish the fire stolen by Rabbit. For three days rain poured down upon the earth, and the Weasels were sure that no fire was left burning except in their sycamore tree.
    Rabbit, however, had built a fire in a hollow tree, and when the rain stopped and the sun shone, he came out and gave fire to all the people. After that whenever it rained, they kept fires in their shelters, and that is how Rabbit brought fire to the people.
    Artwork created using Nikon D90 and a Nikkor 180mm f2.8 @f2.8
  • The Fires Of Time
     
    The fires of time burst forth from the beginning of all that is and all that ever has been, the very creation of our universe itself its hot destructive tendrils wrapping themselves around every mortal soul, no concession for rich or poor black or white, no confinement to our planet Times fire powers across the entirety of our universe …… The Fires of Time
    This art work was created using a Pocket watch, oven tray (black) and a bottle of Metholated spirits.
    The camera was set up on a tripod and the oven tray was placed on a non combustible object and both were placed on the floor away from any other combustible objects ie the house! I then practiced the idea trying different shutter speeds and apertures until the approximate level of correctness was reached so then I knew only small tweaks would be required during the actual shoot.
    I then applied about an eggcup full of Metholated spirit on and around the pocket watch put my camera into remote mode and light the Metholated spirit with a long reach triggered oven lighter, at this point i hit the button on my remote to get the desired image seen here.
    Please do not try to re create this unless you follow all safety procedures possible to maintain safety for yourself and others … Thank you.
    Artwork created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
  • The Fires Of Time V2
     
    The fires of time V2 ( Because I could not decide between the two I liked them both for different reasons)
    The fires of time burst forth from the beginning of all that is and all that ever has been, the very creation of our universe itself its hot destructive tendrils wrapping themselves around every mortal soul, no concession for rich or poor black or white, no confinement to our planet Times fire powers across the entirety of our universe …… The Fires of Time
    This art work was created using a Pocket watch, oven tray (black) and a bottle of Metholated spirits.
    The camera was set up on a tripod and the oven tray was placed on a non combustible object and both were placed on the floor away from any other combustible objects ie the house! I then practiced the idea trying different shutter speeds and apertures until the approximate level of correctness was reached so then I knew only small tweaks would be required during the actual shoot.
    I then applied about an eggcup full of Metholated spirit on and around the pocket watch put my camera into remote mode and light the Metholated spirit with a long reach triggered oven lighter, at this point i hit the button on my remote to get the desired image seen here.
    Please do not try to re create this unless you follow all safety procedures possible to maintain safety for yourself and others … Thank you.
    Artwork created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
  • Running From The Darkness
     
    Scared by the solitude and the darkness that the night brings with nothing but seemimgly empty streets and strange noises of the night for company, not knowing which way to turn our modern day princess seeks comfort in the light that calls from the gloom, a tiny shimmering beacon of hope from the dark.
    This lovely image was taken with a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 10-20mm at 20mm 
    at f19 for 3 seconds my model was required to stay still.
  • Queen Of Flowers
     
    The Rose is the flower of love.
    It was created by Chloris, the Greek goddess of flowers, but of a lifeless body of a nymph which she found one day in a clearing in the woods. She asked the help of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, who gave her beauty; Dionysus, the god of wine, added nectar to give her a sweet scent, and the three Graces gave her charm, brightness and joy. Then Zephyr, the West Wind, blew away the clouds so that Apollo, the sun god, could shine and make the flower bloom. And so the Rose was born and was immediately crowned Queen of the Flowers."
    " Quoted from Pickles, Sheila. The Language of Flowers (New York: Harmony Books, 1989).
    Work created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro and a small torch to create the mystical crown atop our “Queen Of Flowers”
  • Greek Fire (The modern Byzantine)
     
    Greek fire was an incendiary weapon used by the East Roman or Byzantine Empire. The Byzantines typically used it in naval battles to great effect as it could continue burning while floating on water. It provided a technological advantage, and was responsible for many key Byzantine military victories, most notably the salvation of Constantinople from two Arab sieges, thus securing the Empire’s survival.
    Although the term “Greek fire” has been general in English and most other languages since the Crusades, in the original Byzantine sources it is called by a variety of names, such as “sea fire” (Ancient Greek: πῦρ θαλάσσιον pyr thalássion), “Roman fire” (πῦρ ῥωμαϊκόν pyr rhomaïkón), “war fire” (πολεμικὸν πῦρ polemikòn pyr), “liquid fire” (ὑγρὸν πῦρ hygron pyr), or “manufactured fire” (πῦρ σκευαστόν pyr skeuastón)
    Art work created using a Nikon D90 a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro at f22 for 20 seconds, some methylated spirit a remote, a torch and a replica handgun.
  • Temporal Eruption
     
    A volcano of time erupting its chronological sequence of events out into the universe laying out its rules on what will happen when on the tracks of which we are all firmly attached until we reach the end of the line.
    Art created using a Nikon D90 a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro a pocket watch and some ammonium dichromate.
    The ammonium dichromate was placed onto the pocket watch and ignited this created the volcanic type affect that spews from the watch.
  • Ghostrider
     
    This piece was created using a Nikon D90, Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro 
    Methylated spirit, a torch and a small painted figure.
    The Methylated spirit was sprayed onto the figure and set light to and the image was shot at f8 1/2
    The only use of photo editing software is a small tweak of contrast ect.
  • Times Envy
     
    Father time or Kronus/Chronus as known in Greek mythology is the personification of time itself, It was foretold that one of times children would one day take his place, consumed with envy time consumed every child that was born unto him except for one which was hidden from him.
    Art created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f 2.8 macro the pocket watch was submerged in water and a laser pointer was used to create the green glow of envy.
    THIS ARTWORK HAS BEEN CREATED AS IS AND HAS NOT BEEN CREATED USING ANY PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE.
  • Time Is A Lemon
     
    This image was inspired by the works of 17th century artists such as Sanchez Cotan,Pieter Claesz,Louise Moillon and Jaques Linard
    Image taken with a Nikon D90 using a Sigma 150 f2.8 macro lens the lighting was a single Bowens studio light ( Bodegon paintings would only ever have a single lighting source) with a black background I also used a 09 ND filter to further blacken the background area.
    This image also has a personal metaphorical meaning for me with the use of the pocket watch wrapped in the skin of a lemon.
    The time on the watch was the time I was born, with each pip symbolising notable events within my life, events that leave a bitter feeling the pips further symbolising the growth of the new from these bitter experiences and how it shapes us as people.
    THIS PIECE OF WORK IS BEST PRESENTED ON CANVAS
  • Times Eye
     
    Still with plenty to accomplish in life this work represents my fear of the rapid passing of time and the fact that I, as we all, can do nothing but submit to its never-ending power, its constant “Tic Toc Tic Toc” and watch as it passes by at ever increasing speeds .
    The moments left to achieve our goals ebbing away with the tides of time.
    The eye belongs to the artist (me) and the clock in the artists eye is a Hunter pocket watch that has belonged to his father since 1937 further signifying the passage of time.
    This piece of work was my first piece to be presented in a gallery and was part of two pieces of work which went together in the presentation.
    This image was created from two images taken on a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro,
  • Bodegon Still Life
     
    This image was inspired by the works of 17th century painters like Sanchez Cotan,Bartolomeo Bimbi, Pieter Claesz, and Louise Moillon
    In this time period fruit and veg was hung up in the pantry to stop it from going bad so quickly so many still life paintings of this period would have hanging vegetables and fruit in them.
    Image taken with a Nikon D90 using a 35-70 Nikkor lens the lighting was a single Bowens studio light ( Only one light source was ever present in a 17th century Bodegon style painting) with a black background I also used a 09 ND filter to further blacken the background area.
  • Infinity Of The Eye Of Time
     
    The Spiralling dagger of time as seen through my eyes unravelling from my mind seemingly unstoppable reaching out with its impenetrable grip from which no one can escape.
    Still with plenty to accomplish in life this work represents my fear of the rapid passing of time and the fact that I, as we all, can do nothing but submit to its never-ending power, its constant “Tic Toc Tic Toc” and watch as it passes by at ever increasing speeds.
    The moments left to achieve our goals ebbing away with the tides of time.
    The eye belongs to the artist (me) and the clock in the artists eye is a Hunter pocket watch that has belonged to his father since 1937 further signifying the passage of time.
    Eye and pocket watch taken with Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro @f2.8 on the eye and f8 on the watch
  • The Alliance 
  • Times Bloodbath
     
    Time will inevitably bring the final battle to us all no matter how hard or how fast we run, Time moves through history past present and future wreaking its havoc and leaving the bloodiest of battles in its wake …. Times Bloodbath never stops.
    Art created using a Nikon D90 and and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
  • Tears Of Time
     
    Tears of blood slowly oozing from the dimensions of time leaking from the past and the future deluging from the present and the now never stopping , never drying. Time will never dispense any mercy nor favouritism time is a judge and juror we all face he is also our jailer and executioner…..
    The bloody tears of time…
    Image created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro , a pocket watch , a white background and some food dye for blood.
  • Times Bloody Reflection
     
    The bloodshed that time brings to our society is seen throughout history, countless wars, terrorism and hatred being part of times terrible reflection.
    The puddle of times blood in which our nemesis is reflected is minuscule compared to the reality of suffering through history.
    Art work created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro.
  • Iblis
     
    Iblis is the name for the devil in the Qur’an. Although the term “devil” comes from the Greek diabolos, the Muslims derived the name from the Arabic, balasa, “he despaired,” which can be interpreted “despaired of the mercy of God” but he is also al-Shairan, Satan, and “the enemy of God.” The latter aspect of Satan is a commonly shared belief of both Muslims and Christians. According to one tradition, when Allah ordered the angels to bow down to the newly created man, Adam, Iblis refused to do so because he, being made of fire, thought himself superior to a creature made of earth. He continues tempting humans, especially through the whisper (waswas, “he whispered”) and false suggestion (haiif). In the end, it is believed, he will be cast into Jahannam (Hell). Another commonly shared belief held by both religions is that the universal existence of evil in personal lives is usually experienced as a consequence of a personal agent, the devil.
    Although both Satan and al-Shairan are identified, Shairan also has a distinct existence, perhaps as the leader of the jinns, a personification of temptation. This coincides with the Muslim belief that each individual is accompanied by two personal spiritual entities; an angel records all the good deeds the person performs, and a shairan who records the bad deeds.
    Artwork created using a Nikon D90 a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro some lighting and lighter fluid.
    All precautions were taken to prevent injury while shooting this piece please do not try this for yourself to prevent injury.
  • Summoning Jinn
     
    Summoning the spirits of Jinn is not highly recommended as the ones most likely to respond would be mischievous or Evil and they would completely destroy your life.
    Artwork created using a Nikon D90 a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro some lighting and lighter fluid.
    All precautions were taken to prevent injury while shooting this piece please do not try this for yourself to prevent injury.
  • The Jinn Within
     
    Jinn is an Arabic word which origin is the qur’an, Jinn’s are super natural creatures, according to the Qur’an, Jinns are one of the creations of Allah, along with Angels and Humans only two creatures which have free will, the Jinns and the humans, meaning that like humans Jinns can be good, evil or neutrally benevolent.
    So where can you find Jinn’s and how do they live?
    Interesting point and the answer is more interesting, Listen well Jinn’s are living all around us, in this world, living in our houses, our streets, our countries having their own religions (Muslims,Christians,Jews and many other) and living their life just like we do.
    As for their physical origin, the prophet said: “The Angels were created from light and the Jinn from smokeless fire”. It is this description of the Jinn which tells us so much about them. Because they were created from fire, their nature has generally been fiery and thus their relationship with man has been built upon this.
    The ability to possess and take over the minds and bodies of other creatures is also a power which the Jinn have utilised greatly over the centuries. This however, is something which has been prohibited to them as it is a great oppression to possess another being.
    Jinn’s have possesed people for many reasons. Sometimes it is because the Jinn or its family has been hurt accidentally. It could be because the Jinn has fallen in love with the person. However, most of the time possession occurs because the Jinn is simply malicious and wicked.
    Artwork created using a Nikon D90 a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro some lighting and methylated spirit.
    All precautions were taken to prevent injury while shooting this piece please do not try this for yourself to prevent injury.
  • Blind Faith & Hatred
     
    In a world where many faiths are at loggerheads, the stubbornness of those that grip so tightly to their beliefs and refuse to accept any progression within humanity begin to burn with hatred, in any faith there are pure fanatics.
    Artwork created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro.
    In this image my hand is seen clutching the crucifix and IS actually on fire !! Methylated spirit was used to create the blue flame.
  • Paganism
     
    Artwork created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro.
    In this image my hand is seen reaching for the pentagram and IS actually on fire !! Methylated spirit was used to create the blue flame.
    And Zippo lighter fluid was used to ignite around the pentagram.
  • Vampyre
     
    It is a well known myth that when a Vampyre (Modern spelling Vampire) is touched by the Cross its flesh will combust and burn.
    Artwork created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro.
    In this image my hand is seen clutching the crucifix and IS actually on fire !! Methylated spirit was used to create the blue flame.
  • The God killer.
     
    A mythical weapon from the depths of hell’s Armoury that is said to be able to destroy souls and mystical beings and has immense destructive power.
    Art Created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro , some methylated spirit , lighter fluid and some varied light sources.
  • Backfire 
     
    If a firearm is not correctly maintained or the bearer is just unlucky it is possible it could misfire, backfire, or even explode in the bearer’s hand, the awesome power that was intended for its victim destroying or ending the life of its wielder.
    Image created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro, A replica hand gun, some methylated spirit and lighter fluid.
  • Sigil of Baphomet
     
    The inverted pentacle with a goat’s head is called the Sigil (or Sigl) of Baphomet. The second word may have come from two Greek words, baphe and metis, meaning “absorption of knowledge.” It has also been called the Black Goat, Devil’s Goat, Goat Head, Goat of Mendes, and Judas Goat. Its first appearance appears to have been during the vicious interrogation of members of the Knights Templar by the Roman Catholic Church during the Inquisition. There was little consensus among different victims’ descriptions of the Baphomet. It can probably be safely assumed that their description of the Baphomet is more a product of the Inquisition’s torture methods than of any actual statue that was in use by the Knights.
    Today, the Baphomet is widely used by religious Satanists. The Church of Satan also uses a second symbol which is an infinity sign (a figure 8 on its side).
    Please note my hand is on fire representing the evil of devil worship also the pentacle is upside down as used by those that worship Baphomet.
    Art created using a Nikon D90 a Sigma 150 f2.8 macro
    Also used
    1 x Hand
    1 x BBQ lighter
    1 x Pentacle
    Methylated spirit to set hand and pentacle alight.
  • The Rose of Paracelsus
     
    “You are famed,” he said, “for being able to burn a rose to ashes and make it emerge again, by the magic of your art. Let me witness that prodigy. I ask that of you, and in return I will offer up my entire life.”
    -—- Jorge Luis Borges
    Artwork created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
    The rose was sprayed with methylated spirit and ammonium dichromate was placed in the petals , as the ammonium dichromate ignited it created the streaks of orange bursting forth from the rose.
  • Tears from the soul (Better seen large)
    by Darren Bailey LRPS 
     
    Tears turn to blood as the soul bleeds with pain and passion its only escape through the windows to that very place.
    If you could see inside my mind this would happen to you ……
    Art created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
    Also used
    2 x Manfrotto LED light panels 
    1 x me
    some replica blood
    some emotion
    and a little bit of effect adding using different photo software.
  • Falling Into Silent Darkness
    by Darren Bailey LRPS 
     
    I may be quiet but inside I scream
    My heart and soul in destructive turmoil
    Sticks and stones may break my bones and words can cut deep but the SILENCE is destroying me……..
    Artwork created using a Nikon D90 with a 50mm f1.4
    Also used was
    1 dark room
    1 me
    3 Manfrotto LCD miniature lighting panels.
  • Persecution of the Pagans
    by Darren Bailey LRPS 
     
    Although Christianity claims to preach love and brotherhood, its actual history reflects very little of either. Once the nascent creed established itself, one of its first tasks was to eradicate every other culture and religion standing in its way, especially of the Gentle sort, i.e. heathen or pagan. An awareness of this historical development essential to counter the popular view, assiduously nourished by Christian churches, that early Christianity arose out of the sacrifice of numerous “martyrs” tortured by cruel Pagans. While a few early Christians, often calling for the destruction of Pagan cults and culture, were indeed executed by Roman authorities, scholars today agree that many of the so-called martyrdoms receive no corroboration from history and may be later constructions. On the other hand, no one who studies history objectively can deny that pagans as well as “heretical” Christians were persecuted and murdered in far greater numbers at the behest of the growing church.
    Artwork created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro.
    Also used
    1 x skull
    3 x Manfrotto LED lighting panels
    Some replica blood
    and a touch of imagination / insanity
  • 666 The Identity of Man
    by Darren Bailey LRPS
     
    Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
    The number represents the essential number of a man. The number 6 falls one short of God’s perfect number, 7, and thus points to human imperfection. Antichrist, the most powerful human the world will ever know, will still be a man. 
    The ultimate in human and demonic power is a 6 
    The three digits emphasizes man’s identity.
    When Antichrist is revealed, he will be identified with this number.
    Art created using a Nikon D90 a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro.
    Other items used
    1 x Dark Garden
    1 × 666 Pendant 
    Ammonium Dichrocmate to create the glowing bits.
    1 x BBQ lighter
    And a splash of imagination.
  • Guardian of Paradise
    by Darren Bailey LRPS 
     
    A flaming sword is a sword glowing with flame by some supernatural power. Flaming swords have existed in legend and myth for thousands of years. According to the Bible, a Cherub with a flaming sword was placed by God at the gates of Paradise after Adam and Eve were banished from it (Genesis 3:24).
    Eastern Orthodox of Christianity tradition says that from the time Jesus was born, the flaming sword was removed from the Garden of Eden, making it possible for humanity to re-enter Paradise.
    Art created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
    Also used
    1 x Miniature sword
    some Methylated spirit
    some lighter fluid
    And a sprinkle of imagination.
  • Black Magic
    by Darren Bailey LRPS 
     
    A reversed pentagram, with two points projecting upwards, is a symbol of evil and attracts sinister forces because it overturns the proper order of things and demonstrates the triumph of matter over spirit. It is the goat of lust attacking the heavens with its horns, a sign execrated by initiates.
    The flaming star (which we see in my work here) , which, when turned upside down, is the hieroglyphic sign of the goat of Black Magic, whose head may be drawn in the star, the two horns at the top, the ears to the right and left, the beard at the bottom. It is the sign of antagonism and fatality.
    It is the goat of lust attacking the heavens with its horns.
    EXTRA INFO ABOUT SHOOT …. 
    While creating this image I had to reposition the pentacle 4 times as it kept moving! (windless evening) 
    Needless to say I got this shoot out the way quick!
    Art created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
    Also used
    1 x Pentacle
    1 x Crystal ball to distort and reflect the pentacle upside down
    Methylated spirit
    Lighter fuel
    and a sprinkle of imagination.
  • The Consultation of Odin
    by Darren Bailey LRPS 
     
    Worship of Odin may date to Proto-Germanic paganism. 
    The Roman historian Tacitus may refer to Odin when he talks of Mercury.
    The reason is that, like Mercury, Odin was regarded as a “guide of souls”.
    This consultation is for urgent situations.
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    Piece created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro
    Also used 
    1 x Pentacle
    Methylated Spirit
    Pagan Runes
    And Some Imagination
  • Satan's Noose
    by Darren Bailey LRPS 
     
    (waiting for those that sell their soul)
    It is well known that many artists musical or otherwise reference or sing about Satan and his demons, and even some that freely admit to selling their souls for fame money and respect, The price…..
    Satan’s Noose
    Art created using a Nikon D90 and a Nikkor 50mm f1.4 set at f8 for 6 seconds.
    Also used to create piece
    Rope Tied Into a Traditional Noose
    2 x Manfrotto LED Panel Lights
    Backdrop Frame To Hang The Noose From
    Zippo Lighter Fluid
    Methylated Spirit
    BBQ Lighter
    Time And Imagination
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  • Elements of the Pentacle
    by Darren Bailey LRPS
     
    Spirit , air , water, earth and fire 
    All of these elements are represented by the 5 points of the Pentacle 
    All of these elements were present during the creation of this piece
    Art created using a Nikon D90 a Nikkor 50mm f1.4 at f16 for 3 seconds
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    Also used
    1 x Pentacle
    1 x Glass table
    Methylated spirit
    Ammonium Dichromate
    A Pinch of Imagination
    And Some Runes
    The only adjustments made to this image are levels and curves.
  • Divination
    by Darren Bailey LRPS 
     
    piece created using a Nikon D90 and a Nikkor 50mm f1.4
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    Also used
    1 x Crystal Ball
    1 x Glass Table
    Methylated Spirit
    Zippo Lighter Fluid
    Pagan Runes
    Imagination
  • Abaddon
    by Darren Bailey LRPS 
     
    Abaddon was one of the first demons to fall, and was handpicked by Lucifer himself to become one of the Knights of Hell. Abaddon is possibly the last surviving member of the Knights, as the archangels were thought to have killed them all. She is the reason why the Men of Letters are disbanded and destroyed. Larry Ganem, the last survivor of the Men of Letters, described her as a “hired gun,” but did not say who was in control of her.
    Art Created using a Nikon D90 and a Nikkor 50mm f1.4
    Also used
    Methylated spirit
    Manfrotto LED lighting panels
    Zippo lighter fluid
    Imagination
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  • Ferryman of the Dead
    by Darren Bailey LRPS 
     
    The Ferryman stands silently in the darkness for the next soul to pay his toll.
    KHARON (or Charon) was the ferryman of the dead, an underworld spirit in the service of King Haides. He received the shades of the dead from Hermes, who gathered them from the upper world and guided them to the shores of the Akherousian mere. From there Kharon transported them in his skiff to a final resting place in Hades, the land of the dead, on the other side.
    The fee for his service was a single coin which was placed in the mouth of the corpse at burial. Those who had not received due burial and were unable to pay his fee, would be left to wander the earth, haunting the upper world as ghosts.
    Art created using a Nikon D90 and a Nikkor 18-105 vr
    Also used
    1 x me
    A black hooded cloak
    4 x Manfrotto LED lighting panels
    A really cool knarly twisted staff
    Some imagination
    Plenty of patience !
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  • Shiva the Destroyer
    by Darren Bailey LRPS 
     
    Shiva
    One of the most recognized and ubiquitous symbols of Lord Shiva is the trishula, the trident. It is fairly common, in Shaivite iconography, to have anthropomorphic forms of Shiva represented with trishula in hand. It is also not uncommon to see the trishula alongside Shiva’s aniconic (Linga) form. On rare occasions, one even finds the trishula is Shiva’s very representation in the absence of any other. The trishula is such a powerful symbol of the Lord that when one sees the trishula, one thinks of Shiva.
    About Lord Shiva
    Along with Brahma, the creator, and Vishnu, the protector, Shiva makes up one third of the trinity of Hindu gods. Shiva is the destroyer and regenerator, and is one of the oldest gods of India. There have been images of Shiva found in India, which date back as far as 2500 BC.
    Shiva is destroyed creation after every Kalpa, while simultaneously becoming the great ascetic, preserving the world with his meditation. In fact, Shiva is often called the Destroyer, though it is more accurate to consider him the God of Transformation, as his associations are mostly tied to the creation spawned from destruction, rather than the destruction itself.
    Art created using a Nikon D90 and a Nikkor 50 mm f1.4
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    Also used
    Manfrotto LED Lighting Panels
    A Shiva Trident
    Methylated Spirit
    Ammonium Dicromate (to create sparks)
    Some Imagination
  • 33rd° of the Scottish Rite
    by Darren Bailey LRPS 
     
    The Freemasonry highest honour.
    Achieving the 33° is an honour that can be bestowed upon a Scottish Rite Mason. It is not campaigned for. It is granted solely by the Supreme Council.
    A 33° Mason is a Master Mason who has exhibited knowledge, passion and sacrifice to his craft.
    The Supreme Council awards the 33° as a way of honouring outstanding and selfless work performed in the Rite or in public life. At its annual session the Supreme Council elects members of the Rite to receive the degree. Members unanimously so elected become Honorary Members of the Supreme Council.
    The Scottish Rite seeks to strengthen the community and believes that each man should act in civil life according to his individual judgement and the dictates of his conscience.
    The ° Of Masonry
    4° Master Traveler
    5° Perfect Master
    6° Master of the Brazen Serpent
    7° Provost and Judge
    8° Intendant of the Building
    9° Master of the Temple
    10° Master Elect
    11° Sublime Master Elected
    12° Master of Mercy
    13° Master of the Ninth Arch
    14° Grand Elect Mason
    15° Knight of the East
    16° Prince of Jerusalem
    17° Knight of the East and West
    18° Knight of the Rose Croix
    19° Grand Pontiff
    20° Master ad Vitam
    21° Patriarch Noachite
    22° Prince of Libanus
    23° Knight of Valor
    24° Brother of the Forest
    25° Master of Achievement
    26° Friend and Brother Eternal
    27° Knight of Jerusalem
    28° Knight of the Sun
    29° Knight of St. Andrew
    30° Grand Inspector
    31° Knight Aspirant
    32° Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret
    33° Sovereign Grand Inspector General
  • Call to war
    by Darren Bailey LRPS 


    The war bird powers across the gloomy sky on its way to kill and destroy whatever the pilots mission calls for, the dark and the gloom of this image also contains a metaphorical meaning of the darkness of war.

    This image was taken with a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 50-500mm at 500mm f8 1/2000 (35mm focal length 750mm)
  • Demons of the Heart
    by Darren Bailey LRPS 


    When one heart burns with fire and desire and one burns cold the incompatibility of this contradiction causes immense pain to the bearer of the one that still burns bright.

    This contradiction within the soul causes such anguish that it can cause demons within to manifest in many, these demons are capable of leading their bearers to lash out in many different ways or even inwards back upon themselves.

    Art created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 

    *Also Used*

    1 x Wicker Heart spray painted red
    Methylated spirit sprayed on the left side of the heart to create blue flame
    Zippo lighter fluid used on the right side of the heart to create orange flame
    a sprinkle of imagination and a dive into the experiences of life.
  • Final Battle
    by Darren Bailey LRPS 


    Time will inevitably bring the final battle to us all no matter how hard or how fast we run, Time moves through history past present and future wreaking its havoc and leaving the bloodiest of battles in its wake ….no matter your weapon of choice against this monster that never rests the Final Battle will always come to be.

    Art created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro.

    Also used

    A white background
    Fake Blood
    An already broken pocket watch (No pocket watches were harmed during the creation of this art)
    A knife
    A sprinkle of imagination / insanity
  • Firestarter (A Page from the Book of Shadows)
    By Darren Bailey LRPS


    The Book of Shadows
    The Book of Shadows is a book containing religious texts and instructions for magical rituals found within the Neopagan religion of Wicca. Originating within the Gardnerian tradition of the Craft. 
    The concept of the Book of Shadows was then adopted by other Wiccan traditions, such as Alexandrianism and Mohsianism, and with the rise of books teaching people how to begin following Wicca in the 1970s onward, the idea of the Book of Shadows was then further propagated amongst solitary practitioners unconnected to earlier traditions.

    The words of the spell :-

    Fire fire burning bright
    Turn my darkness into light
    Take away my bad luck ill
    Bring me nothing but good will
    Bad luck came and stayed too long
    Be gone forever be gone be gone
    With this fire burning bright
    Bring me good luck bring me light
    So mote it be.

    Art created using a Nikon D90 and a Nikkor 50mm f1.4

    Also used

    1 x old scroll spell created by me ( see description below )
    1 x very old and rusty paraffin lamp
    Zippo lighter fuel
    Dried rose petals
    Paraffin ( For the lamp )
    Black Sand ( This aids the paraffin to burn longer )
    Imagination

    The creation of the spell scrolls

    These actually took days to make I needed to create a few different ones with different designs to them as I was unsure what would look best when shoot.
    The designs were printed out and then a large amount of tea was drunk to supply the tea bags that I used to age the paper once this was done and the paper was dry I then set about burning the edges away trying desperately not to completely set fire to either the scroll , me or anything else for that matter! I then used fake blood to create a more sombre element I used my hand and a pentacle….
  • Gears of Time
    by Darren Bailey LRPS 


    The intricut gears of time uncompromisingly ticking away never stopping never ending …… faster and faster ….. faster faster faster faster ……. STOP, But it wont and Time will certainly not give back that which it has stolen from you.

    Image taken with a Nikon D90 and a Nikkor 70-210 with a reversed 50mm f1.4 on the other end.

    Also Used
    A pocket watch
    Some imagination


  • Samhain
    by Darren Bailey LRPS 


    The festival observed at this time was called Samhain (pronounced Sah-ween). It was the biggest and most significant holiday of the Celtic year. The Celts believed that at the time of Samhain, more so than any other time of the year, the ghosts of the dead were able to mingle with the living, because at Samhain the souls of those who had died during the year travelled into the otherworld. People gathered to sacrifice animals, fruits, and vegetables. They also lit bonfires in honour of the dead, to aid them on their journey, and to keep them away from the living. On that day all manner of beings were abroad: ghosts, fairies, and demons—all part of the dark and dread.

    How Samhain Became Halloween

    Samhain became the Halloween we are familiar with when Christian missionaries attempted to change the religious practices of the Celtic people. In the early centuries of the first millennium A.D., before missionaries such as St. Patrick and St. Columcille converted them to Christianity, the Celts practised an elaborate religion through their priestly caste, the Druids, who were priests, poets, scientists and scholars all at once. As religious leaders, ritual specialists, and bearers of learning, the Druids were not unlike the very missionaries and monks who were to Christianize their people and brand them evil devil worshippers.

    Art created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8

    Also used

    1 x me (well my hand)
    1 x Pentacle
    some lighting 
    a splash of imagination
  • Spider Demon
    by Darren Bailey LRPS 


    The Spider Demon was a demonic being who would remain in her lair for a hundred years, after which she would emerge from her cave and feed on the magic of the most powerful living being she could detect. 
    She would preserve her victims in a cocoon of webs until she was hungry enough to drain their powers, and their life.

    Art created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro.

    Also used

    1 x Spider model spray painted black
    1 x sheet of paper soaked with tea to stand spider on
    Some ammonium dichromate for sparks
    Black sand
    Methylated spirit
    Sprinkle of imagination
  • Why do we carve out pumpkins for All Hallows Eve and illuminate them from within ... Read on to find out.

    Stingy Jack
    by Darren Bailey LRPS 


    The Legend of “Stingy Jack”
    People have been making jack-o’-lanterns at Halloween for centuries. The practice originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed “Stingy Jack.” According to the story, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy Jack didn't want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form. Jack eventually freed the Devil, under the condition that he would not bother Jack for one year and that, should Jack die, he would not claim his soul. The next year, Jack again tricked the Devil into climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree’s bark so that the Devil could not come down until the Devil promised Jack not to bother him for ten more years.

    Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavoury figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a ember of hellfire to light his way. Jack put the ember into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’Lantern.”

    Today many people use Pumpkins.

    Halloween has its origins in pagan festivals held around the end of October in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. People believed that, at this time of year, the spirits of dead people could come ‘alive’ and walk among the living. They thought that it was important to dress up in costumes when venturing outside, to avoid being harmed by the spirits. This may be the origin of the Halloween costumes seen today. In Puritan times, Halloween celebrations were outlawed, but they were revived in later times.

    Art created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro

    Also used

    1 x Pumpkin
    Methylated spirit
    Zippo lighter fluid
    Ammonium Dichromate (to create the fiery sparks)
  • Suicide, the Demon of inner torment
    by Darren Bailey LRPS 


    When experiencing unbearable inner torment, suicide appears to be the only way to escape the agony inflicted by the souls destruction. 
    But it is the ones left behind who find themselves wondering about their decisions, and what more they could have done if anything to make a difference.

    Though you may think this demon is dead it has the ability to become re borne and the again torment the soul with great agony of self torture and destruction.

    Art created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro

    Also used

    1 x Small spider model painted black for further symbolism
    Black sand
    Ammonium Dichromate
    Methylated spirit
    Smoke Tablet
    sprinkle of Imagination / Madness
  • Falling Into Silent Darkness
    by Darren Bailey LRPS 


    I may be quiet but inside I scream
    My heart and soul in destructive turmoil
    Sticks and stones may break my bones and words can cut deep but the SILENCE is destroying me……..

    Artwork created using a Nikon D90 with a 50mm f1.4

    Also used was
    1 dark room
    1 me
    3 Manfrotto LED miniature lighting panels.
  • Fire Demon of Muspelheim
    by Darren Bailey LRPS 


    Muspelheim was created far to the south of the world. Muspelheim was a burning hot place, filled with lava, flames, sparks and soot. Muspelheim was the home the of fire giants, fire demons and ruled by the giant Surt. He was a sworn enemy of the Aesir. 
    Surt will ride out with his flaming sword in his hand at Ragnarok “the end of the world” Surt will then attack Asgard, “the home of the gods” and turn it into a flaming inferno.

    Art created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8

    Also used

    1 x Skull
    Zippo Lighter Fuel
    a splash of imagination
  • Darkness of the Black Dog
    by Darren Bailey LRPS 


    ‘Black dog’ is a powerfully expressive metaphor that appears to require no explanation. The combination of ‘blackness’ with the negative connotations of ‘dog’, noun and verb, seems an eminently apt description of depression
    an ever-present companion, lurking in the shadows just out of sight, growling, vaguely menacing, always on the alert; sinister and unpredictable, capable of overwhelming you at any moment

    The fact that there is very little of me showing in this image only just peeking from the darkness the lord of this dark oppressive realm, is a metaphoric realisation of the feeling of depression.

    Art created using a Nikon D90 and a Nikkor 18-105 vr

    Also used
    1 x me
    A black hooded cloak
    3 x Manfrotto LED lighting panels
    A really cool knarly twisted staff
    Some imagination
  • The Bat's Lost Feather
    by Darren Bailey LRPS 


    Taino and Arawak myth

    When time was yet in the cradle, there was no uglier creature in the world than the bat.

    The bat went up to heaven to look for God. He didn't say, "I'm bored with being hideous. Give me coloured feathers." No. He said, "Please give me feathers, I'm dying of cold."

    But God had not a single feather left over.

    "Each bird will give you a feather," he decided.

    Thus the bat got the white feather of the dove and the green one of the parrot, the iridescent one of the hummingbird, the pink one of the flamingo, the red of the cardinal's tuft and the blue of the kingfisher's back, the clayey one of the eagle's wing, and the sun feather that burns in the breast of the toucan.

    The bat, luxuriant with colours and softness, moved between earth and clouds. Wherever he went, the air became pleasant and the birds dumb with admiration. According to the Zapotec peoples, the rainbow was born of the echo of his flight.

    Vanity puffed out his chest. He acquired a disdainful look and made insulting remarks.

    The birds called a meeting. Together they flew up to God. "The bat makes fun of us," they complained. "And what's more, we feel cold for lack of the feathers he took."

    Next day, when the bat shook his feathers in full flight, he suddenly became naked. A rain of feathers fell to earth.

    He is still searching for them. Blind and ugly, enemy of the light, he lives hidden in caves. He goes out in pursuit of the lost feathers after night has fallen and flies very fast, never stopping because it shames him to be seen.

    Who are the Taino ,Arawak
    Arawak, American Indians of the Greater Antilles and South America. The Taino, an Arawak subgroup, were the first native peoples encountered by Christopher Columbus on Hispaniola. The island Arawak were virtually wiped out by Old World diseases to which they had no immunity. A small number of mainland Arawak survive in South America. Most (more than 15,000) live in Guyana, where they represent about one-third of the Indian population.

    Nikon D90 and Nikon 180 f2.8
  • Will o' the Wisp
    by Darren Bailey LRPS 


    will o' the wisp (Medieval Latin: "foolish fire") can be found in numerous folk tales around the United Kingdom, and is often a malicious character in the stories.
    In Welsh folklore, it is said that the light is "fairy fire" held in the hand of a púca, or pwca, a small goblin-like fairy that mischievously leads lone travellers off the beaten path at night. As the traveller follows the púca through the marsh or bog, the fire is extinguished, leaving them lost.

    Art created using a Nikon D90 and a Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro

    *Also used*

    1 x Hand (Mine not a Puca)
    Zippo Lighter Fuel
    100 % Cotton Ball 
    The cotton ball was wrapped tightly and wired shut using 100% cotton thread, t he reason for this is that it burns without melting so you can hold it without getting hurt ( well for a little while, still gets pretty warm)