The world of Helen Warner is fantastical and filled with dream-like imagery. A fine art photographer living and working in Ireland, Warner’s work is strongly influenced by theater, which lends perfectly to the way she creates her wonderful scenes. She started out making short films, but soon realized telling a story with photography was much more fun. She makes use of elaborate costumes, makeup, and props, often not planning out the shoot completely until she is actually on location, letting her imagination run and leaving much of the outcome up to chance. Her photographs are like a dream you haven’t quite woken up out of; and though all of them are beautiful in their own way, many come with a hint of a nightmare attached. It’s something I can’t quite define, but there’s an uneasiness to some of her photographs, despite the beauty of them. Even more impressive is the fact that Warner doesn’t rely on digital manipulation to make any of these photographs. Knowing that these scenes physically existed in some specific time and place, if only long enough for the shutter to fall, makes them somehow even more evocative.
[via Escape Into Life]