I've known Eleanor Justice via the Interwebs for years and via Adagio Teas, where she makes all sorts of fascinating blends.
A few weeks ago we'd gotten together for a Top Sekret Projekt which I think is still Top Sekret and during which time she told me about Faith and Eden, friends of hers, who were looking to start a non-profit to help people get over their fear of snakes. They had lots of snakes. This week we all got together to do some photos.
Faith and Eden are two of the coolest kids I've ever met. And they love snakes.
They were also inveterate spider-rescuers. We spent a lot of time in the woods today and on Eleanor's farm and the depth of their fascination and breadth of their knowledge was invigorating. I met some very marvelous people today.
I shot the whole thing with a Panasonic GX1 and two lenses, the Leica 45mm f 2.8 macro and the Panasonic 20mm f 1.7. For the studio shots I used a simple lighting rig with an off camera flash behind a white shoot through umbrella triggered by pocket wizards.
for my master's thesis i did snake and spider phobia treatment. really rewarding and pretty easy to do treatment wise. i did get bit by one of the snakes when it got ill, but generally snakes are pretty docile. esp corn snakes. really interested in their non profit.