Dragon Mom Z
This project is an adaptation of the Chinese mythological story of Nüwa 女媧, the creator of all beings, and the Great Flood. Each photograph embodies a different stage of the plot (1 the queen, 2 the battle, 3 the flood, 4 the torn sky, 5 the repairer, 6 the stones, and 7 the tears), retelling the ancient tale into a series of contemporary clothes and compositions.
"Before the Chinese Empire was founded, a noble queen fought with the chief of the tribes. In a fierce battle the chief and his followers met defeat; he rushed up the mountain-side; the Queen pursued him with her army, and overtook him at the summit; he attempted in desperation both to wreak vengeance upon his enemies and to end his own life by beating his head violently against the cane of the Heavenly Bamboo which grew there. By his mad battering he at last succeeded in knocking down the towering trunk of the tree, and as he did so its top tore great rents in the canopy of the sky, through which poured great floods of water, inundating the whole earth and drowning all the inhabitants except the victorious Queen and her soldiers. The floods had no power to harm her or her followers, because she herself was the 'Mother of the Gods,' and the 'Defender of the Gods.' From the mountain-side she gathered together stones of a kind having five colors, and ground them into powder; of this she made a plater or mortar, with which she repaired the tears in the heavens, and the floods immediately ceased," (Werner).
Art Direction: Helen Lin and Kathleen Ma
Model: Rebecca Weng