If there was one fictional character I’d like to catch a glimpse of in the current world, it would be Yvaine from Neil Gaiman’s “Stardust”. She is a star fallen to Earth and the way she observes our society (and that of Faerie) is refreshing – she speaks her mind, questions what she deems nonsense, and relishes the potential for good in mankind. Above all, “Stardust” is a story of home, where you come from and where you truly belong. Her fate in the book is different from the film, but I won’t give up any spoilers. I love them both equally, however, my Yvaine is inspired more by the book, and Charles Vess’ gorgeous illustrations of her.
“Stardust” Synopsis: “In the sleepy English countryside at the dawn of the Victorian Era…Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to beautiful Victoria Forester. But Victoria is cold and distant — as distant, in fact, as the star she and Tristran see fall from the sky on a crisp October evening. For the coveted prize of Victoria’s hand, Tristran vows to retrieve the fallen star and deliver it to his beloved. It is an oath that sends the lovelorn swain over the ancient wall, and propels him into a world that is strange beyond imagining.”
With my own pull for home ever present on my mind, I created an Yvaine photo story – Where would I see her and how would she “fit” into my world? A bit of magic, a bit of humor, and all respect for Neil’s beautiful Yvaine. I could write an essay for each one, but instead will let them tell their own story.
Many Thanks to Neil and Heather Witherill (who plays my Yvaine). I’ve worked with Heather before in “M for MacGuffin” and on a “Titania” concept video. She’s a wonderful collaborator and true pleasure to photograph as she’s game for anything and conveys a certain naturalness at being a star.
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Injury from the fall:
Tending to the wound:
A star never stays up so late as the sunrise:
At The Sign of the Chariot:
Rest until star-rise:
The light of the water, the light of home:
A visit with her sisters:
Shining before the Wall:
A star and her light:
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