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Not all swans may be what they first seem – some may shed their feathery coats at night and reveal themselves to be beautiful female Fays. If these coats are stolen, then the maidens will become trapped in humanoid form. If the thief is a human male, he may then take the maiden as a (possibly unwilling) bride. Should this occur, it raises the possibility that when the man least expects it a whole flight of swans will come to liberate their sister and her swanskin. Despite their usual serene demeanour, swans should not be underestimated, for should they become displeased they can prove themselves to be considerably powerful and aggressive creatures. Therefore any brigand and boor meddling in the life of a Swan Maiden could very likely come to sorely regret his actions. Other Swan Maidens though may be trapped in avian form as a result of a curse bestowed upon them. In Celtic myth it was customary for someone to embark upon and complete a series of heroic tasks on behalf of the Swan Maidens (and occasionally Swan Men), in order that their human form may again be resumed. The Celtic Goddess / Saint Bridget was also worshipped in some localities as being a Swan-Goddess. – quoted from here

Collaboration with Sonia and Rose:

Model: Sonia
Art direction: Rose
Photography: Geoff
Post-processing: Geoff

Comments

  • Antoine Dagobert
    Antoine Dagobertabout 6 years ago

    love the details..so soft but yet sharp!well done

  • Rachel Counts
    Rachel Countsabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful image.

  • Thanks.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • mindym306
    mindym306about 6 years ago

    Stunning work!!!!

  • Danielle Knight
    Danielle Knightabout 6 years ago

    What a beautiful model, so wonderfully treated. Well done

  • Marguerite Foxon
    Marguerite Foxonabout 6 years ago

    Great softening effect – beautiful face and wonderfully captured.

  • Christina Agoris
    Christina Agorisabout 6 years ago

    awesome effects!!! looks dreamy

  • Thanks Christina – that’s the effect I wanted.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Kathleen Struckle
    Kathleen Struckleabout 6 years ago

    Stunning work and effects.

  • Michelle BarlondSmith
    Michelle Barlo...about 6 years ago

    BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO

  • mstrace
    mstraceabout 6 years ago

    really beautiful and luminescent.

  • Thanks Trace.

    – Geoff Coleman - Landscapes

  • Varinia   - Globalphotos
    Varinia - Gl...about 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work Geoff, you must be proud of these :-))

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