Ida, Iceland, Archival pigment print, 2013



Lisa, England, Archival pigment print, 2013



Solana, Portugal, Archival pigment print, 2013



Jaymy, Germany, Archival pigment print, 2013



Barunka, Czech Republic, Archival pigment print, 2013



Laura, Sicily, Archival pigment print, 2013

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Mermaids feature in tales and myths across many cultures. When visualising mermaids we are drawn to specific imagery, from pre-photographic expressions in painting and sculpture to more recent, animated versions.

The project Milk & Sea is a photographic exploration of how to connect these mythical females to the real world; what could mermaids' stories be if the mermaids were living now in contemporary conditions? Where would they live? What would they do? Who would they actually be .....?

I travelled to different countries looking for inspiration and stories, and looking for local girls who felt a bit different or special. Influenced by the places, the cultures and the girls’ real lives, I created narratives that I then staged for the tableau photographs.

The photographs are a response to the culturally-coded imagery we have in connection with mermaids. The imagery is built upon, diverted or broken down. Working with the theme of popular culture I wanted to link the series by using a strongly colourful and easily approachable aesthetic. When I was thinking about the name for the work, I remembered that the traditional Czech expression for a healthy girl is that she is “blood and milk”. Applied to mermaids the words could developed into the expression that she is “milk & sea”.