*********** Yaya on Facebook [link] ***********
*********** Yaya on Twitter [link]
I'll start off by saying that this photoshoot took place 2 years ago (October 2008) and I did not release these photos until tonight because I wasn't sure if the public would understand what we were going for. Hence the watermark is still my old website lol.
Yes. I am very scantly clad. Yes. I am basically just wearing shreds of fabric and very well glued on jewelry. Yes. I am near exposed. Yes. They are boobs.
The reason I did this photoshoot was not to scandalize (although I'm sure that is a by-product effect), but to pay tribute to the amazing art styles of Heavy Metal [link]
and High Fantasy in the 70's and 80's.
Good fantasy (art, book, film etc.) and sensual feminine forms have always gone hand in hand. I absolutely adore the work of Luis Royo [link]
and have in the past saluted him with my Battle Angel [link]
This time I wanted to create a theme around the Greek Goddess of War, Enyo [link]
Terrible yet beautiful, bloodthirsty yet mesmerizing.
I created the outfit within a week, being inspired by Luis Royo [link]
and John Carter's Princess of Mars [link]
using light airy fabrics in creme and sage colors. I did a lot of fabric shredding and ripping, wove braids of fabrics and tied random pieces together. I spent way too much money on materials and time on making the headpieces and jewelry accessories. You can see a close-up of the headpieces here: [link]
Brian Boling created the gold collar out of plastic and I decorated it with chains and crystals.
As usual, I did my own makeup and styling.
Weapons were kindly loaned to us by friends.
I shot with my two most trusted photographer friends - Kevin Stewart and Brian Boling. You'll see a difference in their styles of photography as well as the fact that Brian shot digital, and Kevin shot on film. I love different qualities about each and was grateful to have both very talented and creative artists collaborating with me on this shoot.
This shot was by Kevin Stewart.