Song to the Moon

Rebecca Tun

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Model: Madame Bink
Cambridge, January 2010

When I made this I was thinking of the lyrics of ‘Song to the Moon’ from Dvorak’s opera ‘Rusalka’.

“The water nymph Rusalka has fallen in love with the Prince, who often comes to bathe in her lake, and she longs to become human so that he can hold her in his arms. The water goblin Vodnik warns her against taking this step, but tells her that, if she insists, she must consult the witch Jezibaba. Before doing so, Rusalka prays to the moon to tell the Prince that she is waiting for him. The tale ends tragically, with the Prince’s death and Rusalka’s return to a lonely life beneath the waters.” (Roger Nichols).

This is an English translation of the lyrics:

“Silver moon upon the deep dark sky,
Through the vast night pierce your rays.
This sleeping world you wander by,
Smiling on men’s homes and ways.
Oh moon ere past you glide, tell me,
Tell me, oh where does my loved one bide?
Oh moon ere past you glide, tell me
Tell me, oh where does my loved one bide?
Tell him, oh tell him, my silver moon,
Mine are the arms that shall hold him,
That between waking and sleeping he may
Think of the love that enfolds him,
May between waking and sleeping
Think of the love that enfolds him.
Light his path far away, light his path,
Tell him oh tell him who does for him stay!
Human soul, should it dream of me, Let my memory wakened be.
Moon, moon, oh do not wane, do not wane,
Moon, oh moon, do not wane….”

I used a stock photo for the sea and another for the sky, and added a texture to her skin which is how I imagine a mermaid’s skin to be.

This work was featured in
- Beautiful Women – Models
- Make-Up
- the Love of Eerie and Enchanting Artwork
- Art of the Human Body
- LAYERED WITH TEXTURE
- Exquisition
- Lips

This picture was in the top 10 of the Secrets… challenge in the group The Secret Society

This picture was in the top 10 of the New Avatar Challenge – Love and Inspiration challenge in the group Absolute Clarity

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