Irish Cloud Shadows

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BEHIND THE LENS – TEC PETAJA

“I am the daughter of Earth and Water, And the nursling of the Sky; I pass through the pores of the ocean and shores; I change, but I cannot die. For after the rain when with never a stain, The pavilion of Heaven is bare, And the winds and sunbeams with their convex gleams, Build up the blue dome of air, Silently laugh at my own cenotaph, And out of the caverns of rain, Like a child from the womb, like a ghost from the tomb, I arise and unbuild it again.” 
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Irish Cloud Shadows from story of eve on Vimeo.

Gentle light peeks shyly over the horizon, whispering its arrival with growing confidence. The white crests of breaking waves prance like palomino ponies, brazen in their showy display. The wind carries it’s voice, the gulls soar from their lofty perches. The day has begun. Wispy clouds glide by overhead, disappearing, to then manifest again, cloaking the mountain tops. Billowing cumulus clouds froth on the horizon, stained pink and burgundy, with gilded tips of gold.

The inspiration for this shoot was born in nature, of the rawness of wind and wave. The concept and design were woven together in the simplicity of this idea – rustic, organic, natural, honesty of materials, of the earth and ocean. Our wish was to evoke this through all the senses, from the feel of the organic cotton gowns which barely swathe the wind nymphs, the sight of the banquet table decorated with rocks veined with quartz, reindeer moss and mica dust, the smell and taste of the sumptuous fruits of the sea. A simple and sublime palette of gentle neutrals, of cool blues and greys, creates a feeling of calm and serenity creating a harmonious aesthetic brought further to life with the unglazed porcelain, battered silverware, sea glass escort cards, and buttery stone-washed softened linens and hand dyed muslin fabric.

“Working with Pearl & Godiva this year was such a pleasure! We put together a shoot in their homeland of Ireland and when I got there, met them and saw what they had brought to the table I knew that only good things were going to happen! You won’t go wrong working with these wonderful ladies. I only wish I could do more of it.”
— Tec Petaja. Photographer
Working with the women of Pearl & Godiva was nothing short of a dream. Their aesthetic is so unique and inspiring, their spirits are so gentle and kind.
— CHELSEA, CALLIGRAPHY AND LETTERING MASTER, OH MY DEER HANDMADES

Credits ~ Production, Art Direction & Styling : Pearl & Godiva | Photography: Tec Petaja | Cinematography: Story of Eve | MUA: Kathryn O’Neill | Hair: Marie Maye | The Gowns: Sarah Foy & María Luisa Rabell | Bespoke Headpiece : Opal & Owl | Stationery & Calligraphy : Chelsea Petaja from Oh my Deer | Handmade Florals: Hanako Floral Studio | Food Styling: Jette Virdi | Props: Pearl & Godiva | Models: Christie Brewington from Oxygen Models & Stella Tattan from Morgan the Agency | Location: Coumeenole Beach, Dingle, Co.Kerry | A special thank you to Slea Head Farm

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