Thursday, August 1, 2019

01 Work, Contemporary Interpretations of Olympian deities, with footnotes #20

Eric Geidl, Graz, Austria
Black Medusa, c. 2015
Studio portrait of a young African girl throwing her braids

In Greek mythology Medusa was a monster, a Gorgon, generally described as a winged human female with a hideous face and living venomous snakes in place of hair. Gazers on her face would turn to stone. She lived and died on an island named Sarpedon, somewhere near Cisthene. The 2nd-century BCE novelist Dionysios Skytobrachion puts her somewhere in Libya, where Herodotus had said the Berbers originated her myth, as part of their religion.

Medusa was beheaded by the hero Perseus, who thereafter used her head, which retained its ability to turn onlookers to stone, as a weapon until he gave it to the goddess Athena to place on her shield. In classical antiquity the image of the head of Medusa appeared in the evil-averting device known as the Gorgoneion. More on Medusa

Eric Geidl: "Hi, I am Eric and I am a photographer since I can think. For many years my photo coverages documented my travels and expeditions and were presented in color slide shows. 

Recently I do more studio and portrait photography but enjoy also very much shooting on location.

I like to make new contacts with models and photographers, develop amazing new photo ideas and give them birth by the camera." More on Eric Geidl

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