In the Bath
The series ''In the Bath'' came into my mind one day when l was walking home from town, feeling weary of life and the weather...
It was one of those occasional days when l fall deep down into a melancholy mood, and everything felt cloudy and sad. All l wanted, was a nice hot bath with lavender oil. l started to breathe deeply, imagining that beautiful smell giving relief to my spirit.
Then I remembered one of the pictures l had seen around five years ago at the beginning of my photography career. It was a picture of a woman resting in a bath full of milk, which reminded me that Cleopatra used to bathe herself in milk.
While I thought how nourishing and soothing that must feel, I walked by my favourite blossoming cherry trees. I love their beautiful range of colours. Blossoming cherry trees have a deeper meaning to me. In my country, Slovakia, we have a tradition. Every year, on the 1st of May, every man has to kiss his loved one to ensure she will have enough love for the rest of the year.
A new idea started to grow in my head.
The combination of the Cleopatra's ''milky bath''
and fresh cherry tree flowers.
l started to think about the right models and different poses. I was very excited about bringing together my love of flowers with my passion for photographing women, and to be able to show their similarities.
Women same as flowers are tender, soft and sweet-smelling and sometimes untouchable like roses with their thorns. Or enigmatic like the waterlily, beautiful but mysterious as you do not know what lies beneath the water. Some women are wild like orchids, bold and sensual.
Flowers can be just like women: Soft and gentle, but sometimes dangerous at the same time.
Along with this is my deep enjoyment of warm fragrant baths, allowing us to switch off our brain, wash our soul, clean our thoughts.
Above all, l love taking pictures of women, as they have so many emotions to tell, without words.
This combination is perfect for me, allowing me to express everything or nothing. Like women's emotions, bathing can be functional or more deeply layered and complex.
This series may continue from time to time, depending on my mood, For now, women, flowers and water are my top three subjects for the foreseeable future, as through them I wash my Spirit, as the models wash their bodies.
Deirdre A Kingsman