Time for another DreamWorld character!
I like to think of the Storm-Bringer as the counterpoint to the Wind Goddess:
They have similar powers and both rule over the sky, but one brings the weather we like, while the other brings that which we don’t like. Which is not to say that the Storm-Bringer is an evil character; not at all. Storms are useful to the world in a variety of ways; bringing rain is just one of them. While me might prefer one over the other, both are needed and they balance each other.
This image was actually not one I’d set out to create. Katie and I were shooting something else entirely, which had nothing to do with DreamWord, but when I sorted through the raw images, one of them really caught my eye. I was shooting about Katie (from the second story of my mom’s house) and an image where she was flipping her hair around sparked something in me. I looked at the next few frames where her hair continued its circular flip and thought it would look cool if I blended them all together.
Just for the hell of it, I brought the images into Photoshop and started playing around… and I played some more… and some more, and then I had a finished piece which I really loved! As I looked at the finished image, I realized I’d created a new DreamWorld character without having planned it, but her story quickly formed inside my head.
We cannot have a world where there are only beautiful, sunny days. Even an imaginary world. The dark needs the light and the light needs the shadow, otherwise it would be a flat, saccharine depthless place. DreamWorld started initially as an escape, and more importantly, not something I expected to turn into such a long, rich, detailed place as it has. It is still my escape, but I can now fill in some of the darker areas along with the joy and sunlight. A story isn’t a story without a conflict, without a villain. Using a religious metaphor pioneered by Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell, a trinity (father, son, holy spirit) is inherently incomplete. And one more facet to it, making it a quaternity (father, son, holy spirit and devil) and it becomes complete and self-sustaining. The dark and the storms enhance the light, but the light will always defeat the dark.
Though, if we’re speaking purely of wish-fulfillment, I would never have a bright, sunny day. I would fit in very well somewhere like Portland or Seattle, since my favorite days are the gray, overcast ones, a little on the cool side. In my perfect world, every day would be like that, but even I realize the need for a storm now and then to shake things up 🙂
Check out the making-of gif below the main image!