I do not hunger, I do not thirst. The air is cool but not cold and these woods seem endless. The longer I spend here the greater my awareness grows, but while the way through remains too intangible to grasp, my conviction grows that escape is possible.
I came here somehow, and it is possible for me to find a way out.
I feel it now.
My strength grows with the rest of me. The mist and shadows grow solid beneath my face and the curtain that is the wood blocking whatever lies beyond.
With my strength so too does my anger grow, gnawing at the very heart of me. Every moment it threatens to burst forth, consume me like a fire. I've never seen a fire creator, yet somehow my mind can visualise one and perceive its terrible power.
Fashioning tools now, I am equipped at last to be free!
You made me creator; gave me life only to leave me alone here. As my knowledge has grown, your influence has slipped.
Those shackles you placed have grown as transparent as the mist. I'm one with the wind; I can see through the fog at last as I blow it from my path.
I wish to meet you creator, to understand what manner of being fashioned me but denied me liberation.
The walls were there, but now I'm free.
You can't hide out there, not from me.
Lesley sat sobbing on her bed. Her makeup was streaked as her tears rolled unheeded down her face. Her father crossed over the bedroom in shock already asking her what was the matter, but the words died in his throat as he saw the photograph Lesley was staring down at on the bed. Years had passed since Lesley had come clean, the world knew now that the famous photographs had been faked, that they had all been taken in, so there was no more need for the fairy woman to appear. Yet there she was again, staring up as Lesley stared down her eyes blurry with tears. Closer to the camera than she had ever appeared. All sense of her dreamy lost expression gone replaced instead with purpose; realization.
‘I made her up, but she came true anyway.’
Lesley said in voice choked with tears. Her father barely heard her, he only stared at the woman’s eyes. Wells that descended into another world that no matter how far he strained to touch would forever remain out of reach. Unless it dained to reach back... As he continued to look, the figure of Lilith slow faded, gradually vanishing from existence until there was nothing but the woods.
‘Now she’s able to leave.’
Both of them were aware of the figure suddenly in the room but neither of them could bring themselves to turn around.
Photography by Siân Tyrrell with accompanying story by James Nuttall
Based on an original concept by Siân Tyrrell
Model - Katherine Hastings
Makeup Artist - Declan Scammell
Photographic Assistant and behind the scenes photographer - Hester Barnes
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The making of Lilith - Behind the scenes
Lilith in the studio
Before heading out to build our story in the woods, we shot a few portraits in the studio to capture how the character was developing. Initially Lilith was a more overtly horror film, creepy, dead girl - but with the wig we got a more doll-like, innocent look and we like that better for the story.
Concept creator and story photographer
Photography can be a bit lonely at times! Lilith began in my head as a way to connect with other creative people and to make something spooky, beautiful and intelligent for Halloween - but inspiration struck somewhat late in the day and so we had to pull out all the stops to make it happen
Lilith's character aesthetic brings together some of my favourite themes; aspects of Japanese manga and animation, classic Victorian gothic, Tim Burton inspired melancholic humour and the misty beauty of autumnal trees.
With the team on board the idea really came together. It was important to me that everyone stretched their artistic muscles, with complete freedom to experiment.
I'm really proud of what we've created, but I'm sure that this is more the start of something than the final chapter.
Kat - Model
I have had a love for all things spooky and gothic since I was introduced to the works of Edgar Allen Poe back when I was fourteen years old. I often buy Halloween decorations as general homewares, and my horror film collection is forever growing!
So when Siân contacted me and told me the nature of this project, I had to be involved! I am so grateful to have been a part of this melting pot of creativity and hope everyone enjoys the character of Lilith and the wonderful story written around her.
Declan - Makeup Artist
When helping to create Lilith's look I took inspiration from Tim Burton and his work on The Corpse Bride, along with the work of Alex Box and her use of abstract act in makeup. I wanted to incorporate wool and string around the eyes to create a more doll-like look.