phantasmagoric abstractions

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

Aisha Diandra / photographer. artist. designer. likes to dress up & pose, not a model. horror aficionado.
This blog is for my art, expression, inspiration, ramblings & everything in between.
I like the strange & spooky, beautiful & sensual, surreal & grotesque. contradictions fascinate me.

(the photos above are my own work.)

#myart

 

"PSYCHE"
Final folio series based on the concept of Chakras & Carl Jung’s dream archetypes.


I. THE ROOT CHAKRA : 
Location: Base of spine. / Colour: Red.  / Sense: Smell. / Element: Earth.
Physical Identity, Self-Preservation, Survival.
Stability, deep-rootedness, trust, reality, sexuality, physical health, courage, impulsiveness, and passion. 
Standing up for oneself and security issues.
Associated animal is the elephant.

THE ANIMUS ARCHETYPE: The masculine personality traits in a female. Develops logic, opinions, courage, and intent. Negative side of animus leads to incorrect judgements. Symbolism includes an eagle, a bull, a lion, and phallic objects.

+++

II. THE SACRAL CHAKRA : 
Location: Lower abdomen. / Colour: Orange.  / Sense: Touch & taste. / Element: Water.
Emotional Identity, Self-gratification, Feelings: the right to feel and to want.
Sexuality, sensuality, desires, emotions, pleasure, freedom, procreation, polarity, and movement. 
Associated animal is the crocodile.

THE ANIMA ARCHETYPE: The feminine, emotional, and intuitive side of a male’s unconscious. Develops emotionality, leading to greater spirituality. Anima appears in dreams when a man is neglecting his feminine side. It has a wise & good side, and a negative side often symbolised by seductresses, sirens, prostitutes, or witches.

+++

III. THE SOLAR CHAKRA : 
Location: Solar plexus. / Colour: Yellow.  / Sense: Sight. / Element: Fire.
Ego Identity, Self-Definition, Personal power.
Will, knowledge, mental clarity, optimism, self-control, awareness, self-esteem, responsibility, purpose, willpower, and spontaneity.
Associated animal is the ram.

THE HERO ARCHETYPE: Represents the psyche’s quest for individuation, and the ability to overcome obstacles & achieve certain goals. Can be seen as a road map towards the rational conscious mind triumphing over the animalistic unconscious mind. Dreams of a hero defeating evil can symbolise the defeat of a negative aspect of the unconscious.

+++

IV. THE HEART CHAKRA : 
Location: Heart/chest. / Colour: Green.  / Sense: Touch. / Element: Air.
Social Identity, Self-acceptance, Relationships: the right to love.
Love, self-love, self-control, forgiveness, compassion, acceptance, intimacy, balance, growth, beauty, grace, femininity, harmony, grounding, prosperity, trust, devotion, renewal, and peace.
Associated animal is the antelope/deer.

THE GREAT MOTHER/GODDESS ARCHETYPE: The embodiment of all feminine aspects, mystery and power - suggesting a woman’s total wholeness. Personified in many ways, often as a nature goddess/earth mother with the ability to infinitely give motherly care, help, and protect. Can have a dark side- seen as a mother who devours her young & dominates loved ones. Other symbols include Eve & Mary in Western tradition; church, nation, forest, or ocean.

+++

V. THE THROAT CHAKRA : 
Location: Throat. / Colour: Blue, turquoise.  / Sense: Hearing. / Element: Ether/Space.
Creative Identity, Self-expression, Communication: the right to speak & hear the truth.
Learning to express oneself, the ability to trust, loyalty, organisation, self-discipline, speaking the truth, wisdom, speech, creative expression, expansion, and healing.
Associated animals are the white elephant and peacock.

THE WISE OLD MAN (& WOMAN) ARCHETYPE: Represents one’s mana personality - the primordial energy that can help one grow & transform, or even destroy. Appears in dreams as a figure of authority & guidance (magician/wizard, doctor, priest, father, teacher), and can have & give magical or healing powers. It is a source of inspiration & understanding, guiding the individual on their quest for growth.

++

VI. THE THIRD EYE CHAKRA : 
Location: Forehead centre/brow. / Colour: Indigo.  / Sense: Intuition (the sixth sense). / Element: Light.
Archetypal Identity, Self-reflection, Intuition: the right to “see”.
Trusting insight, developing psychic abilities, and releasing hidden and repressed negative thoughts. 
Self-realisation, invention, imagination, psychic abilities & perception, understanding, memory, fearlessness, clear seeing, and use of mind/intellect.
Associated animals are the black antelope and swan..

THE DIVINE CHILD ARCHETYPE: A symbol of the developing personality, this archetype represents a reviving force that leads one toward wholeness - Individuation & the true self, our full potential. Both vulnerable, yet at the same time untouchable, with a strong power to transform.

+++

VII. THE CROWN CHAKRA : 
Location: Crown of skull. / Colour: Violet, white, gold, silver.  / Element: Thought.
Universal Identity, Self-knowledge, Knowingness: the right to know & aspire.
Spiritual awakening & connection the concept of a higher power. 
Merging one’s consciousness & unconsciousness into the superconsciousness. Divine consciousness & trusting the universe, searching for meaning, karma, and grace.
Wisdom, inspiration, charisma, awareness, higher self, meditation, self-sacrifice, potential, purity, limitlessness, bliss, spirituality, vision, and ascension.

THE SELF ARCHETYPE: Archetype of wholeness & potential. The realised product of Individuation, when one’s psyche has been fully unified. The unconscious & conscious are one, all conflicting elements of personality are balanced & integrated. 
Symbolism includes holy figures/gurus or gods, saintly animals, and religious/spiritual symbols. 

/////

{CREDITS}
*All lighting, photography, retouching, editing, research & paraphrased text by me.*

1. Model: Jay Dee. MUA: me. Horns handmade by me. 
2. Model/MUA: Dawn Dee Christian. Styling by me. 
3. Model: Vladimir Barski. MUA/Hair: me. Horns handmade by me.
4. Model/MUA: Luna Trash. Styling: me.
5. Model: Felix Couture. MUA: Bec Campbell.
6. Model/Hair: Charlotte Miss Twisted. MUA/Styling: me
7. Model/hair: Dylan Peck. MUA/Styling: me. 

Thanks SO much to everyone involved!! Highly appreciated. This was a pretty big project for me & I could not have pulled it off pretty much exactly how I planned it without your help. :)

PSYCHE books will be available as an e-book download soon (higher resolution, unwatermarked, full pages & text). I’ll also get books printed if there is enough demand for it.

"DYSCRASIA" 

Dyscrasia is a concept from ancient Macedonian medicine, meaning the imbalance of the four humours (bodily fluids): blood, black bile, yellow bile, and phlegm (water). The idea of Humourism was adapted by Greek and Roman physicians who believed that too little or too much of any of the four humours influenced a person’s temperament, physique, and health/well-being.

BLOOD : “SANGUINE” Temperament

Season: Spring
Element: Air
Qualities: Warm & moist

Most attractive virtue/temperament – courageous, hopeful, amorous; feeling of joy, mirth, optimism, enthusiasm, affection. Indulgent, sensual, confident, lighthearted.

Imbalance of blood = mania, irresponsible, gluttonous, inebriate, lustful. 

xx

YELLOW BILE : “CHOLERIC” Temperament

Season: Summer
Element: Fire
Qualities: Warm & dry

Digestive virtue. Hottest, most active and destructive temperament. Provokes & excites passions. Prone to anger, impatience, irritability, short temper. Bold, courageous, confronting, ambitious. Dramatic, extreme, driven.

Imbalance of yellow bile = violent, vengeful behaviour; jealousy & envy, rage. 

xx

BLACK BILE : “MELANCHOLIC” Temperament

Season: Autumn
Element: Earth
Qualities: Cold & dry

Retentive virtue. Contrary to Sanguine – most problematic. Pensive, withdrawn, prudent, cautious, realistic, pragmatic, pessimistic, narcissistic, gloomy, sullen.

Imbalance of black bile = irritability, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, self loathing, moodiness. 

xx

PHLEGM (WATER) : “PHELGMATIC” Temperament

Season: Winter
Element: Water
Qualities: Cold & moist

Expulsive virtue. Coldest temperament, constructive. Passive, lethargic, subjective, devoted, emotional, sensitive, and sentimental. Spiritual, calm, relaxed, patient, sympathetic.

Imbalance of phlegm = unemotional, apathetic, excessive laziness, depression.

xx

Many thanks to my models for being such good sports. Really, really appreciated it. Models are: Lena Kitteh (blood), Dolly Trash (yellow bile), Alyssa Warland (black bile), Kerry X (phlegm). 

"Spectres"

model: Alyssa Warland
lighting, photography, editing:
Me

These were shot as a sort of trial/experiment for an idea I had for my final folio. I’ve changed the concept a bit, so these images got rejected for the folio, but I still quite liked them, so I played around with a few of them :) 

All the images (except the first) are from a single long exposure, with the 3rd & 5th having had textures added to the backgrounds in post, but other than that they’re all from 10-20 second exposures. 

*NEW* to Dearly Departed Designs
FOREST FIRE / NYMPHETAMINE antlers(still unsure which name I prefer…) 
They are now available for order! I’ll be selling them for $70 + postage, but as a new design promo, any orders made & paid in the next 24hrs will cost you $60+. :)
Custom colours & design variations are available, as always. <3
Modelled by the lovely Dolly Trash, wearing dreads by Eternity Dreads & Hair Design
antlers handmade by yours truly, photo by yours truly.

*NEW* to Dearly Departed Designs

FOREST FIRE / NYMPHETAMINE antlers
(still unsure which name I prefer…) 

They are now available for order! I’ll be selling them for $70 + postage, but as a new design promo, any orders made & paid in the next 24hrs will cost you $60+. :)

Custom colours & design variations are available, as always. <3

Modelled by the lovely Dolly Trash, wearing dreads by Eternity Dreads & Hair Design

antlers handmade by yours truly, photo by yours truly.

Holy freaking gorgeous print. Worth $150 fine art paper &amp; epic frustration working the printers. I am amazed! @bambiandpixie #print #art #portrait #photography (Taken with instagram)

Holy freaking gorgeous print. Worth $150 fine art paper & epic frustration working the printers. I am amazed! @bambiandpixie #print #art #portrait #photography (Taken with instagram)

uber quick, lightroom edit / preview / teaser of another one of the series I&#8217;m working on. featuring Kate, makeup by Dani.final image will actually be further desaturated, printed, hand-coloured to match these colours, then scanned/re-photographed for the frame.the idea is to have a series of portraits that mimic classic portrait painting. :3hoping to get some dandy men for this, too. :3 

uber quick, lightroom edit / preview / teaser of another one of the series I’m working on. featuring Kate, makeup by Dani.
final image will actually be further desaturated, printed, hand-coloured to match these colours, then scanned/re-photographed for the frame.

the idea is to have a series of portraits that mimic classic portrait painting. :3
hoping to get some dandy men for this, too. :3 

Hi, I&#8217;m Phantasma, and I am a TrashDoll. :3&#160;(stay tuned for the official launch!)
Photo: Dolly TrashModel/MUA/Hair/Styling + Editing: me (Aisha Diandra aka &#8220;Phantasma&#8221;)
Yeah, Phantasma is my TrashDoll name. ;)
Ironically, this was my favourite set of photos. Ironic because I am NOT a summer loving girl XD - me out in a backyard having a drink during summer - no thank you, I&#8217;ll stay indoors with a fan or AC!

Hi, I’m Phantasma, and I am a TrashDoll. :3 (stay tuned for the official launch!)

Photo: Dolly Trash
Model/MUA/Hair/Styling + Editing: me (Aisha Diandra aka “Phantasma”)

Yeah, Phantasma is my TrashDoll name. ;)

Ironically, this was my favourite set of photos. Ironic because I am NOT a summer loving girl XD - me out in a backyard having a drink during summer - no thank you, I’ll stay indoors with a fan or AC!

TRASHDOLLS shoot - Phantasma is my TrashDoll name :3

Photo: Luna Trash
Model, Editing, Antlers & Skeleton hand top: Myself (Aisha Diandra, aka “Phantasma”)

The Beauty of Horror (part II)

Thanks to Kim & Jesse for modeling!

Relax guys, the drugs are totally fake. the heroin is blue glitter & food dye, and the cocaine is just glitter. ;) not trying to promote drug use mkay?

dejavoodooburlesque:

Photographer: Aisha DiandraModel: Deja Voodoo
Checkout antlers and other cute accessories at Dearly Departed Designs-http://www.facebook.com/dearlydeparteddesigns?ref=ts

oh hey, I took this photo ;D

dejavoodooburlesque:

Photographer: Aisha Diandra
Model: Deja Voodoo

Checkout antlers and other cute accessories at Dearly Departed Designs-http://www.facebook.com/dearlydeparteddesigns?ref=ts

oh hey, I took this photo ;D

"THE BEAUTY OF HORROR"

Thanks to Dani Frankenstein, Lena Kitteh, and Luna Trash for modeling. 

Photo series I am currently working on. There will be more to come, this is what I have so far.

Promo shoot for my accessories side project, Dearly Departed Designs.
Model/MUA/hair: Ghoul Scout
Hair Bow/Photo/Edit: Myself
just a teaser&#8230;I haven&#8217;t had a chance to edit all my other promo photos!!! D:

Promo shoot for my accessories side project, Dearly Departed Designs.

Model/MUA/hair: Ghoul Scout

Hair Bow/Photo/Edit: Myself

just a teaser…I haven’t had a chance to edit all my other promo photos!!! D:

Photo by Michelle Rhodes in Jakarta, Indonesia.Model, MUA/Hair, Editing by Me.

Photo by Michelle Rhodes in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Model, MUA/Hair, Editing by Me.