This is the name of my new project I will be working on this year. I would like to create a book filled with photography artworks and interviews with the muses from those photographs.
Ichtys* is the symbol of Christianity in times when you had to hide your religion because of fear of being killed. I am using it as a metaphor for something you believe in which you cannot see but you can find the signs of in your surrounding and read them with your heart and soul.
This book will consist of series of interviews with women and photographs of them with different fish. The portraiture will be similar to the portraiture in icons, with simplicity of the materials and gestures. I do believe the feminine nature is closer to the symbolics of water. Moreover, in the most of my art photography, my muse is a woman, the feminine sensitivity and gentle expression of feelings is what inspires me. So, also in a way this book is very different than what the narrative about spirituality has been in the past as the main characters are women rather than men.
*The ichthys or ichthus (/ˈɪkθəs/), from the Greek ikhthýs (ἰχθύς, “fish”), is a symbol consisting of two intersecting arcs, the ends of the right side extending beyond the meeting point so as to resemble the profile of a fish. It was used by early Christians as a secret Christian symbol and now known colloquially as the “sign of the fish” or the “Jesus fish.” ΙΧΘΥΣ (Ichthus) is an acronym/acrostic for “Ίησοῦς Χριστός, Θεοῦ Υἱός, Σωτήρ”, (Iēsous Christos, Theou Yios, Sōtēr), which translates into English as “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour”. Fish are mentioned and given symbolic meaning several times in the Gospels. Several of Jesus’ twelve Apostles were fishermen. He commissions them with the words “I will make you fishers of men”.
I am currently on the look for models who would like to take part in the project, I am looking for a specific features of the muse which I have in my mind. Feel free to get in touch if it seems of interest on email@example.com. The successful applicants will be contacted and send across the interview questions which they can choose to answer or produce a narrative of their own if they feel this would be better expression of their opinions and description of their experiences. Most of the photographs are to be taken outdoors, the garments will be simplistic and I am aiming to create ‘iconic’ look. I will send a link to a mood-board in order to get a better idea of the nature of the expected type of portraiture.