Halloween is our favorite holiday, and we love all things witchy, primarily because of the strong feminist themes that come along with these strong, empowered, magical women. In celebration of this magical day, we are so pleased to be featuring this shoot by Michelle Terris Photography, Bridal Marché, and Holly Bobisuthi.
"This shoot was simply a juxtaposition of good vs evil, with the dark witch putting a trance on the puritan and guiding her towards her world," says Vanessa Prest of Bridal Marche. "In the end the puritan is taken under her wing and becomes a 'white witch,' creating a balance between good and evil."
PART ONE // DENIAL
"I tried to change. Closed my mouth more, tried to be softer, prettier, less awake. Fasted for 60 days, wore white, abstained from mirrors, abstained from sex, slowly did not speak another word. In that time, my hair, I grew past my ankles. I slept on a mat on the floor. I swallowed a sword. I levitated. Went to the basement, confessed my sins, and was baptized in a river. I got on my knees and said 'amen' and said 'I mean.'
I whipped my own back and asked for dominion at your feet. I threw myself into a volcano. I drank the blood and drank the wine. I sat alone and begged and bent at the waist for God. I crossed myself and thought I saw the devil. I grew thickened skin on my feet, I bathed in bleach, and plugged my menses with pages from the holy book, but still inside me, coiled deep, was the need to know ... "
PART TWO // SURRENDER
"Well, did she make you cry,
Make you break down,
Shatter your illusions of love?
And now tell me is it over now?
Do you know how?
Pick up the pieces and go home
Ooh, pale shadow of a woman,
Pale shadow of a dragon,
PART THREE // UNITE
"Takes to the sky like a bird in flight
And who will be her lover?
All your life you've never seen a woman taken by the wind
Would you stay if she promised to you heaven?"