The Vikings believed in concepts that existed outside the material world. Gods, magic and myths mingled with the everyday of raiding, farming, living, fighting and loving. Vikings sought to change their fate and raise their fortunes and a concept that taps into that mentality is seidr (prounounced say-der).
In Old Norse, seidr translates to cord or string. It’s a magic-based ideology that looks at fate as a flowing, malleable object. It’s about symbolically changing the course of one’s life and bringing new events into reality.
To do this, seidr practitioners relied on specific objects to bring them closer to the gods. They needed to enter a trance in order to enter the world of the spirits.
The following photo collection tells the story of seidr through Norse objects and viking runes.
What would have happened if someone as smart as Tony Stark had lived during the Victorian era? He’d probably have been the forefather of steampunk and revolutionised the world. Or, that’s what he’d say in his own words anyway.
In this article, I’m featuring a series of photos based on a steampunk version of Iron Man. This shoot involved experimenting with various angles and playing around with the light settings for my camera.
“The key isn’t winning or losing. It’s making the attempt. I may never be what I ought to be, want to be, but how will I know unless I try? Sure, it’s scary. But what’s the alternative? Stagnation. A safer, more terrible form of death. Not of the body, but of the spirit. An animal knows what it is and accepts it. A man may know what he is but he questions. He dreams. He strives. Changes. Grows.”
Steampunk is a fascinating genre that combines Victorian aesthetics with dystopian themes. From an artistic perspective, cogs, brass and metal are common tropes and this provides the opportunity for some stunning backdrops and scenes. Photography Fables is going to regularly feature steampunk photos and a collection I enjoyed experimenting with recently involved a steampunk skull that I’m going to refer to as Steampunk Terminator.