Pandora (ancient Greek: Πανδώρα, from πᾶν “all” and δῶρον “gift”, hence “giver of all” or “all-endowed”) was the first woman on Earth. Pandora was created upon the command of Zeus to Hephaestus, the god of craftsmanship. Hephaestus created her using water and earth, while other gods granted her many gifts (for example, beauty from Aphrodite, persuasiveness from Hermes, and music from Apollo).
After Prometheus stole fire from Mount Olympus, Zeus sought reprisal by handing Pandora to Epimetheus, the brother of Prometheus. At the same time, Pandora was given a jar that she was ordered not to open under any circumstances. Despite this warning, overcome by curiosity Pandora opened the jar. Upon doing so, the evils contained within escaped into the world. Scared, Pandora immediately closed the jar, only to trap Hope inside, as was Zeus’ will.2
In other versions, Hope does come out, though the main purpose of the myth of Pandora is to address why evil exists in the world. Many interpretations of the story overlook the fact that Pandora’s Box contained all things evil that would plague mankind and Hope was inside this box, thus completely missing this second lesson of the Myth.
Set Notes: I wanted to emphasize the dark, the emotions of crazed, obsession to find the box to try and contain, control the evil inside. This was my sense of perspective on the shoot and to give an over all drama around that. The song included was chosen to emphasize that mood. Pose was obscured and used to create a disturbing feel.
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