Dunia dongeng sudah sejak lama memiliki daya tarik tersendiri. Kisahnya yang menakjubkan dan tokoh-tokoh di dalamnya yang punya penampilan unik membuat kita senang mengikuti cerita dongeng dari berbagai belahan dunia. Meskipun kebanyakan dongeng yang pernah kita baca berasal dari cerita rakyat atau imajinasi pengarangnya, hal ini tidak menjadi penghalang bagi seorang selebgram asal Kota Oxford, Inggris ini untuk membawa fantasi dunia dongeng ke dunia nyata melalui unggahan foto-fotonya.
Bella Kotak adalah sosok selebgram cewek yang berhasil membuat orang-orang terpana dengan unggahan foto-fotonya yang bernuansakan negeri dongeng. Kalau kamu termasuk penggemar cerita dogeng, kamu wajib cek laman Instagram Bella buat liat hasil fotonya yang menakjubkan. Ini nih beberapa karyanya:
1. Sleeping Beauty
There are some nights when sleep plays coy, aloof and disdainful. And all the wiles that I employ to win its service to my side are useless as wounded pride, and much more painful. – Maya Angelou . I'm one of those rare people that actually really loves jetlag. I love the way sleep drags at me by the end of the day and how it wraps around me the moment my head hits the pillow. I've been back home for a few weeks and every night I'd fall asleep later than the one before. The other day I finally fell asleep exhausted after hours of tossing and turning at 7am ! Another day lost. . Do you have any advice on how to deal with insomnia and how to get control over my body and sleeping habits? ✨?✨ . Muse is dear Scarlett Wearing @agnieszkaosipa . ☆ Retouching by Bella and @solsticeretouch
Cerita tentang putri tidur memang selalu menarik untuk diambil sebagai tema foto, ya?
2. The King And The Queen
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year dear Insta fam! Thank you for all the love this year and for making this such a lovely space to share my work on! I hope 2018 brings you all lots of laughter and creative joy! ✨?✨ . Sneak peek to a new series coming soon to @faeriemagazine inspired by Tolkien! . Big thanks to my lovely team: Models: @ian_hencher & @theinkedelf Crowns by @frecklesfairychest Costumes by @carriangelphotography Silver cape by @thepurplerowanscloset . ☆ Retouching by Bella and @solsticeretouch
Setiap kerajaan di dunia nyata maupun dongeng pasti punya Raja dan Ratu yang dicintai rakyatnya.
3. Fall’s Sweet Embrace
Fall's sweet embrace . Sometimes all I want to do is curl up in a beautiful floral shrub or sit high in a tree with a good book sheltered under the leaves while the rain falls… is that strange? You can probably imagine how my childhood was spent ? #ferngullydreams . This was created a couple of autumns ago when I spied the most glorious wall of ivy in front of someone's driveway ? not the most magical location when you zoom out but as we all know, it's all about the enchantment in the frame ? . ☆ Retouching by Bella and @solsticeretouch
Dedaunan yang tertangkap kamera pada foto ini menggambarkan keindahan momen musim gugur saat foto ini diambil, loh.
4. The Woods Hold Secret
The woods hold secrets . Winter is certainly here in ?? ! A moment captured of a wandering queen between seasons. Thank you @gingerfacemodel for braving the cold and rain when we captured this! . I tried so hard not to fall ill but my body has its own mind. Quick immune boosting remedies would be much appreciated! ??✨
Percaya atau tidak, foto ini diambil saat Inggris mengalami musim dingin, loh!
5. The Tudors
Currently watching The Tudors on @netflix as I edit and getting so inspired from the styling! The craftsmanship is so beautiful! I thought I was obsessed with pearls before, my love for them might have leveled up! ? . It reminded me of these images I created last year for @cragganedesigns inspired by that era. . Scarlett modeled, @dinahraphaelle did the makeup/ hair, and we used the red berry tree in my neighbour's front garden! (the neighbourhood is used to sights like this now ?) . Final edit: myself and @solsticeretouch ? . What other eye candy shows/ movies do you recommend? . My suggestions – GoT, Versailles, Empresses in the Palace, and Crimson Peak!
The Tudors adalah salah satu nama serial televisi kesukaan Bella yang menceritakan kehidupan kerajaan Inggris pada masa kepemimpinan Raja Henry, gak heran kostum wanita pada foto di atas menyerupai kostum kerajaan Inggris pada masa lalu, ya?
Waterflower . A few years ago this image marked a turning point for me in my artistic growth. At this point I'd lost myself a little and decided to run away to Bali for a month where I joined a creative retreat. I wanted to give myself space to step back, reflect, and reconnect. I created this picture of @aislinfall as a challenge to myself to push myself out of my comfort zone and fall in love with art again. . Even now these feelings slip back and that's ok. Take time out and indulge in other creative pursuits (for me it's museums, galleries, historical TV dramas, Game of Thrones!, anime, etc). Then it's a case of allowing for the next wave of work to bring all your passions together organically 🙂
Lokasi pengambilan foto ini diambil saat Bella mengikuti creative retreat di Bali, loh.
7. Angel In The Dark
Potret wanita di atas benar-benar menggambarkan malaikat dari kegelapan, ya?
8. I Will Find You
I will find you. In the farthest corner, I will find you. . This picture is part of a series I created last year for @faeriemagazine magazine. We were inspired by Labyrinth and I have to thank @ian_hencher for pulling together the styling and the team ? Magic, deep in the woods… what a wonderful way it was to spend a cold winter's day. Full set of imagery on my blog – www.bellakotakphotography.com . You can download the colours from this picture in my colour shop! – @fineartactions / www.fineartactions.com . Model: @jessrachelmac Gown by: @fireflypath Makeup & Hair by: @ian_hencher Skin retouching: @solsticeretouch . Let me know if you guys be interested in seeing before/afters and BTS in my stories ?
Foto ini adalah satu foto yang termasuk dalam rangkaian proyek foto Bella yang bertemakan dunia sihir di alam hutan belantara.
9. Serendipity Calling
Serendipity calling . Last weekend I was in New York for @photoplusexpo. There's an energy to the city that I've never experienced anywhere else in the world. Surrounded by creatives it feels like being in a wonderland of opportunities. Work hard and clever enough it's only a matter of time before good things happen. . On Saturday morning I lay in bed, exhausted already from the revelry of the Expo (if you were following my insta stories you may already have an idea), and while on Facebook, I came across a video by @racked about a woman who loved historical fashion so much that she creates and lives her passion – @virtuouscourtesan ❤️ . I find anyone who invests time and energy in pursuit of something, whether it's the arts, sports, business, health, (anything!) really inspiring! . I decided to check out her Instagram and send her a message to let her know that I was in NY and would she be interested in being my subject. Two minutes later she replied saying she already knew of my work and was following me and would love to shoot! And just like that, within 10 minutes of me first seeing the video we were booked in to shoot the very next day which was yesterday! . It's amazing what happens when you just reach out! This is how you make things happen for yourself ? . Credits ★ Model & Dress by @virtuouscourtesan ★ Assisted by @aperture7photo & @naomilocardi ★ Thank you @felixkunze for letting me shoot in your space ★ Retouching: myself and @solsticeretouch
Pose terpejam sambil tersenyum yang dilakukan model wanita dalam foto di atas, menggambarkan rasa senang Bella saat merasakan kenyamanan dikelilingi oleh energi positif dan kreatifitas yang begitu banyak saat ia berkunjung ke lokasi pengambilan foto ini yaitu Kota New York.
10. The Escape Of Flora
The escape of Flora… . Possibly one of my favourite pictures. Created one summer's eve in the magical twilight hour. A girl running, dusk spilling around her, flowers in her wake. The moment cast its spell on me then and has never let go. I'm thankful to have a tangible capture of it to share with you ? . Before and after in stories ? . Model is Lulu Lockhart Retouching by myself and @solsticeretouch
Foto ini adalah salah satu foto favorit Bella, dengan mengambil lokasi pemotretan di sebuah hutan, Bella mencoba menggambarkan sosok seorang gadis bernama Flora yang sedang berlari-lari di tengah hutan.
11. The Weight Of Darkness
The weight of darkness… . 'Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.' – Marianne Williamson . Anyone who's followed my work for a while will know how much I love shooting with water! I could forever explore the colours that hide in the shadows of ripples and here I searched for a balance between forest green and the silent blues. . Check out the before and after of this in my stories ? . Model is @salad_alice
Setiap orang punya ketakutannya masing-masing. Melalui foto ini Bella ingin menyampaikan pesan bahwa kita harus berani menghadapi ketakutan terbesar kita, dengan begitu kita akan tahu kemampuan kita yang sesungguhnya.
12. The Earth
I thought the earth remembered me, she took me back so tenderly, arranging her dark skirts, her pockets full of lichens and seeds. I slept as never before, a stone on the river bed, nothing between me and the white fire of the stars but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths among the branches of the perfect trees. All night I heard the small kingdoms breathing around me, the insects, and the birds who do their work in the darkness. All night I rose and fell, as if in water, grappling with a luminous doom. By morning I had vanished at least a dozen times into something better. – Mary Oliver . Model is dear Lulu Lockhart Edited by myself and @solsticeretouch
Pose wanita yang sedang berbaring di hamparan pohon-pohon ini adalah cara Bella untuk mengintrepertasikan makna Ibu Pertiwi dalam pandangannya.
13. The Book Of Life
Rasa cinta Bella terhadap musim semi dan alam liar menjadi inspirasi utama pengambilan tema foto yang satu ini.
Cantik-cantik kan, fotonya? Dari semua foto di atas, mana yang termasuk foto favorit kamu? Ceritain alasannya di kolom komentar, ya!