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'Artemis and her nymphs surprised by Actaeon' by Kamerijk (CamCrux)
@CamCrux has granted me the honour of launching this thread of his pictures, illustrating scenes from mythology, and providing a companion to his preceding thread, 'Cam's Camera: Slave Girls' -
I'm kamerijk on DeviantArt. Due to recent developmemnts over there I'm going to load my pics here on CF where I have friends, without leaving DA, for the mome,nt at least. This is a first batch of 5 ...
'Artemis and her nymphs surprised by Actaeon' was originally published on DeviantArt earlier this year, with the following caption -
'Artemis, goddess of wildlife and hunting, of young children, girls and women, of virginity and childbirth, of epidemics and cures, stopped for a dip at her sacred pool in the mountains of Taygetos after a long day's hunting. She was frolicking in the cool water with her attendant nymphs when Actaeon, who was hunting in the area, unwillingly surprised them.
While it's perfectly all right for a god to rape a mortal woman, there is no way a mortal man can get away with ogling a nude goddess. Artemis's revenge was in proportion to the sacrilege.'
Artemis is seen moving across the foreground to reach her bow and arrows, whilst her nymphs are variously distracted. Only she and one other have noticed Actaeon's intrusion. Close attention to detail ensures consistent scale and lighting in the choice and location of the inserted figures (including the deer and the peacock) in this neatly composed, multi-figure manipulation.
The Rocky Pool at Kalamunda National Park, near Perth in Western Australia, makes an attractive location for the famous scene from Greek mythology. Appropriate shadows and reflections have been developed in accordance with the background lighting, and subtly applied to the bow and arrows, and to the figures in the water.
The one I can identify instantly is Alice, in the centre of the group, sitting with her feet in the running water. She is still holding the teasel from the source image, taken from her first published photo series, 'On The Edge' by Alexander Lobanov for MPL Studios. This attractive studio pose has translated remarkably well into the flowing water of the outdoor scene, which employs moderately bright sunlight.
To date, this MPL series has rarely been used by photo manip artists, although @Wragg previously used one of the pictures in 'Alice Barabbas'. But as far as I am aware, Kam's 'Artemis' is the first outing for this particular pose. His picture was deservedly well received on DeviantArt, where it attracted numerous positive comments, including those by @MahaShiva and @Zungur . As for the other models, the one to the left of Alice looks rather like Mariposa, but I will leave further positive identifications to the artist himself. Beautiful work, Kam!