Once Upon a Time

A remarkable presence of the odd and the legendary, witches has carved their post in almost every civilization along the days of humanity. Out of banal, their wisdom became a burden and later – a curse, shaped by horrific flames of misjudge. For the witch – mostly a bright woman, with a keen thought ahead of her time – represents the dark side of female brilliance, that is, a power that cannot be governed: There she stands, disrobed and, surrounded by nature, her feet are rubbing the mildew in a foster act of white magic or a mysterious preparation for necromancy.

These crooked rituals may never be clarified. For their purpose lies deep inside, under dark clouds of black art and perplexities. But the series presented offers more than a simple hint; it proposes the viewer a hand-in- hand passage in the historical Wildcat Hill, home of the renowned photographer Edward Weston, and through the land of the unknown and the obscure. There, one might come across a humble truth: If the nakedness of a woman is, indeed, the work of God – as the poet William Blake once said – then the starkness of a witch, framed in black & white, might deliver a ghastly, enigmatic axiom on behalf of the intentions of this God.

Helen’s photographs not only reveal the inner beauty of the model but takes the viewer on a timeless visual voyage into another reality, making the artist’s journey complete.
The photographer’s mission is not just to record. The camera can only record whats in front of it. The artist’s mission is to make it uniquely their own and Helen has done this with incredible talent. I love looking at someones work and saying to myself “I wish I would have taken that photograph!” Great work, Helen!
— Kim Weston