Kirsty Mitchell has started "Wonderland" nearly 5 years ago, it began in the summer of 2009 in memory of Kirsty's mother Maureen whom she has lost to a brain tumor. Heart broken, Kirsty felt the need to do something that would never let her be forgotten. At the same time Wonderland was also a place to escape when life and grief became to heavy.
The project started as a concept of creating an unexplained storybook without words, dedicated to her mother, that would echo the fragments of the fairytales she read to her as a child. The stories an characters behind the pictures could be the result of book illustrations, poems, memories of paintings mixed with blurred recollections of fairytale queens.
As the series developed it became a melting pot of Kirsty's backgrounds in fashion design and costume making, as well as her passion for art history and the English countryside. Some shoots could take up to a month to be ready, as everything was created by hand. The settings are local landscape full of small natural wonders, which convey the idea that Wonderland was in fact real…. and all around us.
After a roller coaster of emotion, and an enormous amount of effort, Wonderland is now almost complete and we wait for the last 5 pictures to be published. Thanks to Kirsty for taking us on this amazing journey!
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