I always seem to have ideas floating through my mind - inventions, music, photography, writing, etc. and I rarely have time to pursue them, but in the last couple of years, I’ve put some energy into The Emberwood Project. It all started with a photo I did with my son. We all love The Legend of Zelda around here, so naturally, I had him dress up in his Link outfit for a photoshoot.
This also created a “problem”: Now my daughter needs a fantasy shoot! This time I didn’t want to worry about copyright, so we created our own character. Since my son’s character was a swordsman, I thought we’d mix things up and make her an archer. I wanted it to feel authentic (and figured it would be good "research" for the story), so I started making her an outfit by hand with a headband, bracer, side bag, quiver, a bow, and some arrows. I made the arrows from shafts I found in the back yard, made the fletchings from real feathers, and glued the arrowhead in with pitch from our pine tree.
Here are some of the completed photos - I've finished 3 and have 2 almost done:
At some point, I got a little carried away and created a whole world, mythology, history, characters, and outlined a plot for the story. I’m a very long way from finishing the story, but it’s coming along.
I started neglecting the story as I started to focus more on my music, but this also led me to compose a cinematic theme song for the story, as if it was a movie or TV show. Here it is: