Kirsty Mitchell is a fashion photographer from Kent, England. She studied photography and fine art until the age of 25, after which she was an intern at Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan. Her career path led her to become a fashion designer until 2008, when a personal tragedy would change her forever.
After her mother died of a brain tumour, photography became her only escape, her only way of dealing with the loss. Kirsty Mitchell’s art revolves around recreating the stories that her mother used to tell her as a child.She has been working on her Wonderland project for a few years now, where she photographs fantastical, wildly radiant scenes of fairytale women in elaborate costumes. She wants to tell stories with no words.
Kirsty Mitchell’s dedication to her project is total. She even designs the clothing worn by the women she photographs and works on the props needed for her scenes. She has taken on the additional roles of costume designer, seamstress and location scouter, so that she can make sure that her vision comes to life exactly how she desires.
This project was undertaken by Kirsty Mitchell while working a full time job by collaborating with hair stylists and make-up artists and anyone willing to donate materials, resources or time. Photography is not only a way of escapism, it is also a way of paying tribute to her late mother, who was always seen reading or writing.
Even though she acknowledges the tragic source of the Wonderland series, Kirsty Mitchell is driven by her dream of seeing her mother’s name on the inside cover of the Wonderland book and knowing it will have been worth the effort.
Kirsty Mitchell’s photography is more than an outlet or an escape for her grief. She has a unique vision on art and she is determined to tell the most amazing stories she can tell through her photographs. What do you think about Kirsty Mitchell’s Wonderland?
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