Humanity's disregard for the natural world has reached a crisis level, and a god in the elemental kingdom that resides in the subtler realms of this world is taking action.

A Scottish Highlands bartender, a San Francisco artist, a shape-shifting god in a magical water realm, and a mystery cult priestess in a mythical world of fire live the ongoing story of humanity's growing ability to both access and destroy the elemental realms. The story is a collaboration with the water and fire beings that appear in these photos and is still unfolding. 

Photography is layered but not manipulated: the beings of both river and fire are organically present.

 

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PROTEUS & SHENANDOAH

A shape-shifting god of the water element, Proteus is the first to break the laws of the Elemental Kingdom when he comes to Carmella through the Shenandoah River and allows her direct photographic evidence of his realm. His act has unintended consequences for all.

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THE RIVER AND THE ROOM

Just back from a spiritual journey through the Southwest, San Francisco based artist Carmella creates a velvet room in homage to the desert sky. The room opens a portal to other realms, including Proteus's, and soon Carmella becomes both linked and dangerous to all the realms.

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THE DAUGHTER OF THE STARS

Seraphina is a high priestess of a mystery cult in the fire realm. When she loses her daughter to toxins resulting from humanity's actions, she embarks on a mythical journey to her realm's Underworld to direct her daughter's soul, but Proteus's action changes her story forever.

The Enchanting River

 

Sensitized by her desert trip and shamanic art installation, Carmella is haunted by mythic visions of fiery underworlds and elemental beings. Having no framework for her visions and not having prepared herself fully for what she has stumbled upon, Carmella seeks solace and clarity in her parents' home near the Shenandoah River. It is here that against the laws of his kingdom, Proteus allows Carmella to begin capturing him in various forms. This breach allows dark forces to travel among realms, threatening us all.

 
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The Art Journal

 

In the near future, Murdina, a descendant of Carmella, discovers the art journals in which Carmella has recorded her rituals and insights related to an unseen world of magic and mystery rites. The journals also contain the straight photos of river and fire beings. Facing continued fallout from the breach between realms and armed with these insights, Murdina sets out to contact Proteus and other elemental beings to continue Carmella's work.

 
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Journey to the Underworld

 

As Murdina pores over her ancestor's writing and photos, she begins to have visions of Seraphina, a high priestess and healer of the fire realm. Now Murdina must embark on her own quest to the Underworld.

 
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An Old/New Story

 

Through some harrowing initiation rites, Murdina begins to piece together an inter-dimensional story written through synchronistic experience and in full collaboration with the beings in other realms. But is the message too late?

 
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