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Persephone was the Goddess of spring (daughter of Demeter and Zeus). Hades (the God of the underworld) took a liking to Persephone and decided he wanted her for his wife, so he cracked a hole in the earth and dragged her down into the underworld, where he tried to seduce her and make him love him. But all she could do was pine for the life and light above, refusing to eat or drink. Meanwhile her mother Demeter, pined horribly at the loss of her daughter and the earth began to perish and die. Zeus realizing that something must be done, talked with Helios, God of the sun, who told Zeus that he had seen Hades kidnap Persephone.

Demeter and Zeus demanded that Hades release their daughter. But there was a catch, if any person living or dead should consume food while in the underworld they are to stay there for all eternity. Unfortunately Hades had convinced Persephone to drink from a pomegranate and she'd consumed 6 seeds, thus condemning her to the underworld, and Hades claimed her as his Queen. But, Zeus refused to accept this fate and insisted they come to an arrangement or else a battle would ensue, he professed she should spend six months in the Underworld with Hades for the six seeds she had swallowed, and six months on the earth above. Hades agreed.

Whenever Persephone returned to the world above, the earth began to grow and thrive (spring and summer). But when she returned for 6 months to Hades and the world below, the earth once again began to perish (autumn and winter). Thus this is the myth of the seasons!

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This was actually shot in the bowels of a castle dungeon, the castle is over 1000 years old, but theses dungeons are thought to be over 3000 years old, maybe more! It was a very eerie place to shoot, with light coming in through the strangest places, but it was mostly pitch black dark with water dripping from the incredibly high ceilings and echoing all around us in the dark. At times it felt like the whole place would cave in on top of us. I loved it! (I can't tell you where it was shot, as we weren't meant to be there!)


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Model/concept/location/lighting/post processing/pose/direction = myself.

Photography by my Husband David Charles :heart:



Stop Art Theft Stamp by KenSaunders

Not stock, do not use for anything.
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:iconeldercall:
ElderCall Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Student Artist
I love how you use all these different locations
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:iconeventide-artistry:
Eventide-Artistry Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Super cool location!
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MaX-DooM Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
EPIC location!
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sruegnit Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Beautiful image
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Muse1908 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Professional Artist
Thank you.
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:icongrimmosquito:
grimmosquito Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Nice!
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Professional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconaeghin:
aeghin Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Interesting myth and as always a lovely photo.
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Professional Artist
Thank you kindly.
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Gentlekindman2003 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
beautiful
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconstormlightweather:
Stormlightweather Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Looks like shaved (except head) monkey
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional Artist
Thanks!!!
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:iconcaprisco:
caprisco Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Good exposure, although do u think on the composition part maybe there's something more needed here. Sorry I am not an expert but starting to learn from pictures here on the site..
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Artist
The composition is exactly as planned for this shot, nothing more needed.
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:iconcaprisco:
caprisco Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Apologies
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Artist
None needed, you're very welcome to share your opinion.
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CreativeInMotion Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't even know how to accurately (with satisfaction) describe how good this shot is. The surrounding greenery gives the impression that live is being sprung around you. The lighting of your hair gives a god-like glow, fit for a goddess like Persephone. Just amazing.
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Artist
Thank you so much.
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:iconmongolshawn:
mongolShawn Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
I love that the greenery around your feet enhance the idea of the Persephone story, one of my favorites. Really beautiful and sweet. Absolutely a lovely image. I found myself absolutely entranced ... No need to wonder anymore why Hades felt so enamored of Persephone.
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Artist
Thank you Shawn. This is a personal favourite of mine, appreciate you great comment.
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:iconmongolshawn:
mongolShawn Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
Thank you.
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:iconmar-vel:
Mar-vel Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
i loveeee Muse 1908
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Artist
:heart:
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:iconcrusierpaul:
crusierpaul Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Great photo,I LOVE THE LIGHTING AND YOUR POSE IS SO SIMPLE and effective
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Artist
Thank you.
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:iconanswers70:
answers70 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
wonderful pose
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Artist
Thank you.
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:iconllamathief:
llamathief Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
MAN thats an incredible shot!
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Artist
Thank you so much.
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monochromatic13 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh you sneaky lady! Going places you shouldn't be, all for the sake of such an awesome photograph. I admire your sneakiness. 

I really like the plants coming out around the stones. This is such a lovely area. I hope you were able to get more than one good photo from this set.
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Muse1908 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Artist
I love the sneaky locations the best, the harder it is - the more I get out of it! We got quite a few from this set, I still haven't gone through them all yet. Thank you very much for your great comment.
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AKAPROPHET Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
location / setting is rare and excellent, the color and lighting are exceptional.  the position of the model has so many lines you forget she is nude.  I cannot see where any changes would improve the shot, without changing the feeling. 
sorry you get some rude dudes,
 respect is a moral concept in an age of shock and awe, how can we expect people to be gracious in a world of self centered, self gratifying people who think they killed God. 
Hard to get water from stone, or (respect from people). 
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Muse1908 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Artist
Thank you so much, loved your comment.
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:iconlucium55:
lucium55 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Most amazing shot!!! Heart Hug 
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Artist
Thanks so much! x
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is perfect, one of the best images I've ever seen!!! :iconwowplz:  3 millennia-old dungeons, good Lord!  Did you sense any ghosts?
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Artist
Thank you, really appreciated. It's my favourite image for a long time. I did see a ghost yes, a collie dog bizarrely! Sitting at the top of the stairs to the dungeons (apparently I'm not the first to spot it!).
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconlassieplz: That's eerie!
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ksmith3620 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Fantastic doesn't even do this wonderful photo justice. This is awesome use of available light and working with what you have. Just incredible.
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Artist
Thank you very much indeed.
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Ulliart Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer

I think his foto is perfect for this legend. As you look up I can imagine the feelings for the living on the surface. But I have read somewhere that Hades and Persephone were happy in those 6 months they had together. Anyway, I guess I have now you in mind when I think of this legend. And that is the message of this foto, this fantastic foto.

 

 

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andreasD700 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
I love the Greek legends (as I am Greek myself)!! And the light is stunning here!! You... always wonderful!!!! ;)
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alma-poeta Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That's a beautiful and passionate story, my dear Goddess Muse. Now, I just have one reason more to admire and love you. And that's all... :heart: :rose:
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BDC-Fotografie Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
And again a beautiful picture of you. I really Love your work!
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JACAC Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
:wave: Persephone
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:icon147combatmedic:
147CombatMedic Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Awesome shot!
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Regis-AND Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful picture, as well as an outstanding text about the myth. It's very nice to know the "behind the scenes" happenings, also!!! Great work!!!!
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:iconmuse1908:
Muse1908 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Professional Artist
Thank you very much indeed! x
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gouchrcouch Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Can you see my in the distance? I'm the one banging the GONG!!! stymied with mouth open. 
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