I really started this blog because I’m obsessed with origin stories. I’ve spent long nights researching, (more like internet venture quests) exploring different fairy tales like Red Riding Hood and Snow White. I started this last Halloween when I was trying to pick out a Halloweeen costume. I was looking for Red Riding Hood inspiration, but instead of actually making a costume I spent hours and hours reading about the different theories of origins of Little Red. Since then, I’ve occasionally read about this fairy tale or another. And then I started watching Arrow recently, and I was reminded of Robin Hood, of course, but also of my childhood days of watching Batman. This started me thinking about different types of stories and how they evolve and merge. Of course I also love watching Once Upon a Time and Grimm.
So, I guess I started this blog with the desire to have an outlet for my fairy tale hunting escapades, an outlet to have something to show when I’m done with a hunt. I like using photos, because sometimes I find that I don’t want to explain everything. I don’t want to write an essay about the possible origins of Red Riding Hood, but I might like to take that information and compose a piece of art from it. Then, in turn, I might explain the photo, or I might not, just letting the viewer question. Or I might take a-not-so-heard of fairy tales and make art from them. It’s not really about “the photo” to me. It’s more that I would like to make a visual representation of said story, or even something completely new that was inspired by the story.
I find that in everyday life I often have to explain myself or talk about my own life story. This is also my way of escaping that. Here I don’t have to talk about MY life, MY story, MY excuses for not doing this or that. Here I can talk about other stories and other characters and give them a life, complete with their own set of excuses. And if I so choose I can twine their story into my own, or at least connect it.
I do like making connections, because everything is connected. Nothing exists in a vacuum. That’s another reason I like fairy tales. Fairy tales aren’t just the ones that Disney made into movies. Fairy tales come from folklore which comes from oral traditions which means you can’t really disconnect the story from the culture and people it came from. Everywhere in the world there are folk tales which have similar themes and messages.
Mythology you could call it.
So to me, fairy tales, origin stories, mythology, folklore, etc. etc., show us who we are as people and how we’ve changed through the centuries. The characters representing a character in all of us, and the problems they face representing challenges we face. They are universal and timeless.
Oh and my photo today is inspired by Rumpelstiltskin.