The Soul of The Forest
For the past year Uldus Bakhtiozina, a photographer and artist from Russia, has been compiling a book project based on traditional Russian fairy tales. Her images mix old legends with modern fantasias, bringing out the darkness at the heart of the folklore. "All fairy tales were horror stories originally," Bakhtiozina says, "with a love of the night, shamanism, meat, skulls, furs and gold." The photos, often set in wintery wastes and forests, are a little bit Alexander McQueen, a little bit 'Game of Thrones,' and 100 percent mesmerizing. (Bakhtiozina creates all the costumes, as well as the sets, herself.) Here, 'Kikimora,' the soul of the forest—often described as an evil heroine—is portrayed as a protector lying in wait to save the woodland from those who would harm it.