Photographer Todd Bradley presents his latest portfolio, “Not of This Realm.” The project captures the mysterious beauty of pre- Christian paganism and brings it to life through evocative and stunning photographs. He sents us this text:
The mysterious beauty of pre-Christian paganism has always drawn me in. There is something inherently enchanting about the gods and goddesses, the myths and legends, and the rituals and ceremonies our ancestors once practiced. In my latest portfolio, I have sought to capture this magic and bring it to life through photographs depicting Odin and Frigg traveling from Asgard to Midgard with goddesses Fulla, Gná, and Hlín encountering Puck for a plea of remembrance.
To achieve this, I drew inspiration from the pictorialism style of Anne Brigman, a pioneering photographer often credited with helping establish photography as a ﬁne art form. Like Brigman, I sought to create visually stunning and emotionally evocative images, using light, shadow, and natural compositions to develop a sense of depth and mystery.
Each photograph in this portfolio tells a story, inviting the viewer to a world where pre-Christian paganism’s gods and goddesses are still alive. In one image, we see Odin sitting on a stone throne with his Ravens, Huginn and Muninn, his eye gazing intently into the distance as if searching for something lost. In another, Frigg is depicted as a serene and inﬂuential ﬁgure, her long hair ﬂowing like her cloak as her clairvoyance receives a message from the seashore.
Yet despite their otherworldly nature, these images are also deeply rooted in the natural world. The lush, verdant landscapes and wild, untamed vegetation that populate these photographs remind us of our connection to the earth and the cycles of life and death integral to pagan mythology.
Ultimately, this portfolio will serve as an invitation to rediscover the rich and complex world of pre- Christian paganism and ﬁnd inspiration and meaning in the legends and myths that have shaped our collective consciousness for centuries.