The summer solstice approaches and a young woman makes her annual pilgrimage north to the land where the sun never sets. Her destination is a sacred circle of megaliths; standing stones perfectly aligned with the heaven’s celestial cycles. The path is arduous but she is unwavering. With each rhythmic breath and step she takes she slips further into meditation. She hums an ancient mantra under her breath along the way. Her journey is fulfilled when she finally feels the solar deities kiss her skin.
The Isle of Skye, Scotland
The series begins in a Fairy Glen on the Isle of Skye – the most magical place I’ve ever been! This location is sacred to the superstitious locals who protect the glen. There is a mountain they consider to be a castle, a cave, rolling hills and a fairy spiral. I included the custom of the fairy spiral into the series. You walk into the spiral thinking about trouble in your life, place a gift down for the fairies and ask for a wish. Then you walk out of the spiral backwards, thinking about the best things in your life. This ritual centers the young woman before her long journey.
THE SWEDISH FOREST
The forest, waterfall and lake were shot in Torrestorp, Sweden. Absolutely everything was covered in a thick layer of untouched green moss so you sank a little with each step. My local friends helped me find the natural waterfall that my model (aka my sister) climbed in for the series. The forest is over 300 years old so the trees were massive!
QUIRAING & THE OLD MAN OF STORR
The Isle of Skye, Scotland
Quiraing and The Old Man of Storr were next level mysterious. I saw pictures of these hills over a year ago and immediately wanted to shoot them in a series. The rock formations were surrounded by thick damp fog. At times the fog was so thick I couldn’t even see the mountain right in front of me! My sister Katie was freezing in just a slip and cape in the wet wind but she was able to get into character despite the conditions. Plus, it was way too beautiful to feel anything other than awe.
THE CALLANISH STONES
The Isle of Lewis, Scotland
To get to the Isle of Lewis we had to take a bus, a taxi and a ferry. We were only on the island for the day so I hired an archeologist named Dave to drive us around to the most interesting locations and share his wealth of knowledge with us! We saw about 9 of the island’s 27 standing stone circles, also known as megaliths. They’re perfectly alligned with the sun’s movements in relationship to the land as well as the summer solstice. The most impressive were the stones at Callanish which are over 5,000 years old! The best part of the visit was the chance to interact with the land uncensored. After shooting we ran our hands over the stones and danced barefoot on the matted grass. That night we had a quick flight from The Isle of Lewis to Edinburgh. The airport was just two rooms! We somehow forgot that inside our bag was a flask we filled with water from the fairy glen on The Isle of Skye. When going through security it was discovered. However, when we told them it contained special water from the Glen the whole Scotish TSA squad baptized us with the water before pouring the rest out. I’ll never forget it!