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© 2009 by Thomas Dodd – may not be reposted or used without the copyright holder’s permission…

I’ve never considered myaself a “Fantasy Artist” although I know that images like this can stereotype me as such… I find my models through a networking site and quite a few of them look at my earlier work and then request that I “turn them into a fairy”… I have done several shoots like this but am now going to put a moratorium on this theme – unless I can twist or pervert it in some unique way..
There is a huge audience for fairy-themed work, but I wouldn’t feel right if I set my sights on that “market” and cranked out crowd-pleasing images…
I have a lot of ideas that I need to express.. A lot of them are dark, twisted, and (perhaps) disturbing…but i feel compelled to express them , regardless of whether they are “marketable” or not… For me – the main question is do I put this work (and by that I mean the more challenging, disturbing images) out under my own name – thus potentially alienating future commerce and a safe niche or do I just say “fuck it” and follow my inner angels and/or demons?

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fairy, fantasy, fae

Atlanta-based artist and photographer

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  • RavenSoul
    RavenSoulover 5 years ago

    Ohh Love this!! but your question is a double edged sword my friend. You and only You can make it. I’ll be here and will support whichever avenue you choose. Hugs Vonne

  • Thanks Vonne – Most of the time when I ask questions, I am not really expecting anyone to give me the answers.. I just like to instigate thought (and think out loud!)

    – Thomas Dodd

  • WaleskaL
    WaleskaLover 5 years ago

    Lovely

  • Thank you kindly…

    – Thomas Dodd

  • RavenSoul
    RavenSoulover 5 years ago

    My Bad lol

  • Ha – no “mea culpa” needed my dear!

    – Thomas Dodd

  • jlynn
    jlynnover 5 years ago

    Amazing work!! I for one say put your own name on all of it,, shows diversity!! As for me,, I’ve decided to create for me and that’s the name of that tune:)

  • Thank you – and thanks for the advice – although I meant putting my name on the dark and twisted stuff actually – not the romantic style which I have gotten known for…

    – Thomas Dodd

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityover 5 years ago

    I LOVE it- Its not twee as some fairy images can be (and they cetainly have a market), but this is beautiful and slightly dark without crossing completely into a gothic genre- enchanting indeed xxx

  • Thank you Anita – I try to avoid cliches whenever possible which involves a bit of tighrope-walking when you do this kind of image!

    – Thomas Dodd

  • Traceyisanozzy
    Traceyisanozzyover 5 years ago

    Hey Thomas this is stunning….and listen….. feel free to put it under my name any time you want LOL….
    Gorgeous work
    xxx

  • Haha – sure thing… Give me your password and I’ll start posting on your page!

    ;P

    – Thomas Dodd

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityover 5 years ago

    Btw- knowing your work- I dont see this as any sort of sell out- be proud to put your name on it I say xx

  • Thank you kindly – although I meant putting my name on the more twisted stuff!

    – Thomas Dodd

  • Barssel
    Barsselover 5 years ago

    Marvelloue image………………..your work inspires many

  • Thank you Barssel – very kind of you to say…

    – Thomas Dodd

  • gypsycaster
    gypsycasterover 5 years ago

    ….depends on ones’ definition of ‘fantasy’ luv!

  • Good point Gyp!

    – Thomas Dodd

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 5 years ago

    I think you’ve definitely put your stamp on this theme cause you’ve produced something unique here… especially in your processing of the background. Nice saturated colors too. It’s a massive take!

    Why not open a second account with images in this style? I’ve seen lots of others do this. You’d be able to assess the reaction and it would give you time to ultimately decide which way to go.
    Nice work!

  • Thanks Billyboy – I appreciate the kind words very much… I have no qualms about putting this kind of work under my name – it is the darker and more sexual imagery that I was referring to…

    – Thomas Dodd

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