Behind the scenes from the fifth tableau

A few weeks ago, we completed our final shoot for this project.  We collaborated with Numi Empire, who designed the costume and headpiece, as well as did hair and makeup for this shoot.  

This final shoot depicted Lilith’s emergence from her solitude, transformed by her suffering into a goddess.   We opted for a style which references Lilith’s relation to owls.  She has shed the skin of a serpent slithering in the dirt; she is no longer immersed in her grief.  Additionally, we wanted to visually reference back to the Burney Relief, which is an ancient Mesopotamian depiction of a dark goddess, possibly Lilith or Innana.  There too we see Lilith’s relation to owls.

We will go much further into the symbolism of this final tableau in future posts, but for now, here are a few behind-the-scenes photos from our shoot.  The 35mm photos have been developed.  Now begins the difficult process of deciding which photos from this whole series will be used in the final narrative.

Lilith: Myth to Flesh is a collaborative project undertaken by performance artist Luna Duran and photographer Gretchen Heinel.  By undergoing ordeals of the flesh, we aim to understand and communicate the sacred and transformative pain which Lilith endured on her journey from human to goddess.