Kirsty Mitchell, a talented photographer based in the UK, creates mystical and dream-like surreal photographs that clearly communicate her intense, deep and personal connection to her artwork. When her mother died of brain cancer in 2008, photography became Mitchell’s only shelter from the pain of her loss.
“Photography became my only escape when I could no longer talk about how I felt. It became an utter fantasy that blocked out the real world, and a place where I could return to my memories of her, far away from those hospitals walls,” she writes on her website.
The influence of her loss and of her loving memories of her mother are readily apparent in her stunning images: “I found myself producing pieces that echoed the memories of her stories, and the belief in wonder I have always felt since a child.”
Her background in fashion, costume design and photography provides her with a unique combination of talents that let her create such elaborate and beautiful images. “By combining my various backgrounds, I started to create images in which everything was made or designed by myself, with the occasional help of a few friends. The costumes, props, sets and accessories all became a vital part of the process that I recorded in the finished product of a photograph.”