At the peak of the highest mountain, there was no snow. There was nothing but a rocky plateau where the sun always shined. Kneeling in the middle was a figure in prayer of some sort. Beams of sunlight caressed the magic in her hands. She opened her eyes, and her rainbow eyes—so like The Waif’s—glowed with magic. “You are safe now,” The Dowager gently said. “I am the previous Spirit of the Magic World. I once maintained the balance.” She stood, and the surroundings melted until they stood on a wooden pathway far from the mountains. She smiled to see The Girl’s speechlessness and offered both hands. “Come, little one. Your journey is still just starting.”
And, here, at last, we come to the end of Part 1 of The Door. Today’s subject is the amazing Jeannie, whom I previously mentioned leaping into action when I had to get last minute shoots done. She ended up providing the PERFECT piece of the entire plot that I had not realized I needed.
We have now reached the halfway mark of the entire project. Here’s a brief recap in case you can’t quite understand why I am so awed by the work I have done.
This is HALF the whole story. HALF. Tomorrow, I will be shooting the next to last image to be completed to have done all photos in the series. It feels a little surreal.
So, does that mean Part II starts posting next week?
Well . . . no.
Hang on, put the pitchforks away! My ultimate goal with this entire project is to produce a book. A beautiful, wonderful, book that will give children and adults alike a story that stays with them for all time. Who wants me to go spoiling the entire story before that book ever reaches their hands, really? 🙂 I might share a few images here and there to whet your appetites, but this is the last full Door post to be made for a long while. The book should be completed and ready for a Kickstarter come July or August.
Until then, allow me to leave you with my official artist statement for this project as it will appear in the front of the book:
“From the time I was very young, I believed in magic. A faerie door appeared in my room one day, and I always dreamed of what lay beyond. Fast forward to my adulthood. I still believe in magic, and my niece does too. She came home one day crushed because her teacher told her faeries were not real. That night, a faerie door appeared in her room. She asked me what was beyond it. I told her that I would show her, but she would have to come with me. And right there The Door was born.
The Door is a visual story exploring the idea of what lies beyond a faerie door and how the different inhabitants of the Magic World can all have different agendas and intents for The Girl wandering in their midst. Through the eyes of The Girl, the viewer confronts the mundane made mystical—a fisherman finding his catch in a fountain, for example—and embarks on a journey of discovering the magic that is inside all of us as well. By the time the journey ends, The Girl will understand where those who live in the Magic World came from, and so will the viewer.
A common theme through the entire series is a subtle warning: “Not all magic is good magic.” The Magic World is a place of wonder, but it is not always safe. The Girl echoes a bit of our subconscious, of knowing what is good and right just by the way we are made to feel by those around us.
The characters you meet in The Door are seen through the eyes of a child. Take yourself back to the time when you believed in magic, and soon you will understand the lure of The Door.”
I can still hear grumbling. Okay. Fine. Here’s a peek behind-the-scenes at a shoot that shows up much later in the series. This image was captured by Dawn at the huge shoot I did recently.
COMING FEBRUARY 29, 2016! GHOST EYES, the next romantic adventure from S.J. Garrett! Join me on Facebook for a release party giveaway that includes books, posters, gift cards, and more!
Looking for a good book? Try SHADOW ON THE SEA, a short story with angels, destined love, and just a hint of ancient evil! (Kindle) If you love romance in the form of faerie tales with a modern twist, you should check out THE SHAUGHNESSY FILE (Kindle). Prefer your romance with some high fantasy? Grab CHRONICLE OF DESTINY (Kindle) and it’s sequel, CHRONICLE OF SUMMER (Kindle). Read them and loved them? Give me a review! I love hearing from fans.