Reason for the Seasons

I have always been fascinated with Greek Mythology ever since I was introduced to it in my Junior High years.

In this particular shoot, I wanted to incorporate the theme of Demeter. She was a Greek Goddess of vegetation and fruitfulness. I wanted to display the darker segment in her life when she lost her daughter to Hades, hence why I decided to put Mina in a black dress for this session so to represent the mourning.

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Sheaves of Wheat is one of many symbols that represents Demeter. I wanted to capture the colors of the Autumn Harvest which includes green, dark brown, gold, and pink.

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The headband was comprised of Triticum wheat, pheasant feathers, cotton, dry wild Lily pod, fresh Millet greens, Scabiosa, and a wood flower.

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The harvest themed bouquet was made of Triticum wheat, dry & fresh Millet green, white Dahlias, Ranunculus, Roses, Cotton Kangaroo Paw, wood flowers, Berzillia berries, Scabiosa Pods, Wild Lily Pods, and pheasant feathers.

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Hades locked Persephone in a beautifully decorated room in the Hall of Hades. He brought her all kinds of delicious food. Persephone refused to eat. She had heard if you ate anything in Hades, you could never leave. She had every intention of leaving as soon as she could figure out how to do so.

Over a week went by. Finally, in desperate hunger, Persephone ate six pomegranate seeds. She promptly burst into tears.

She was not the only one crying. Demeter, her mother, missed her daughter terribly. She did not care if the crops died. She did not care about anything except finding her daughter. No one knows who told Zeus about it, but it was clear this could not go on. Zeus sent his son Hermes to work a deal with Hades.

This was the deal Hermes worked out: If Persephone would marry Hades, she would live as queen of the Underworld for six months each winter. In the spring, Persephone would return to earth and live there for six months. No one especially liked the deal, but everyone finally agreed.

Every spring, Demeter makes sure flowers are blooming and crops are growing and the fields are green with welcome. Every fall, when Persephone returns to the underworld, Demeter ignores the crops and flowers and lets them die. Each spring, Demeter brings everything to life again, ready to welcome her daughter’s return.

To the ancient Greeks, that was the reason for the seasons.

Special thank you to the beautiful Mina for helping me model!

Come back again soon!

Yours truly,
Anne