‘The Legend of Old Smoke’ is a latest conceptual photo-series by Pavan Krushik (a photographic artist from Bangalore, India). The story that revolves around the adventures of a legendary Steampunk Warrior ‘Cecilia’ who caught up in the events of a world changing war sparked by the sciences discovered decades earlier. He tried to incorporate futuristic and Victorian styles with a fantasy theme.
Pic 1 : It is an age of steam and sorcery. Her name is Cecilia, daughter of a famous scientist in Old Smoke who was killed in a spate of assassinations for his invention of latest steam powered machinery to curb the environmental problems. Now she’s on the brink of fury. She’s not evil, but likes the thrill of revenge.
Pic 2: Little Miska is the ruler of the sky and the last one from ‘The Clockwork Dragon’ dynasty. After her father’s death, Cecilia became the custodian and caretaker of Miska.
Pic 3: Gears greased by detest, Spears tapered with greed, the battle of the Steam Age continues in Old Smoke. Technology took broad control over the people. Hi-Tech robots turned into victors of their own creators. She had to face the destructive power of senseless war machines. It was an unfair combat. But this is what she had been longing for, this is where she would take revenge for the destruction of everything she loved, this is where she would destroy every monster and machine in existence.
Pic 4: As the war wages on, she waits patiently. Her heart is clobbered and bruised, but she never gives up and the vengeance becomes her true companion.
Pic 5: From field to field she charges full speed ahead, with a heart full of fury and fire in her eyes. Tightens her grip on her companion, and listens to the song it sings. She calls it ‘A SONG OF GLORY’.
Pic 6: The war is over and almost everything in her path has been destroyed. Peace has been restored in Old Smoke. She stands with her head held high with pride and waits for new enemies, and continues to guard the town in the long, cold nights.
Inspiration to the project : The City of Lost Children(La Cité des enfants perdus) by Jean-Pierre Jeunet is the movie which actually made me fall in love with Steampunk genre. I felt an alternate universe and a fictional era like steampunk should really exist in our generation to escape from reality. I was so fascinated and impressed by this movie and started watching every other steampunk themed number ever since. I have always been intrigued by Steampunk because of it’s emphasis on Science and Invention. I love this genre for it’s dynamic feel, industrialization, fashion and technical evolution. I’m a big Sci-fi fan in general. Movies like Hugo, A series of unfortunate events, LOEG, Sherlock Holmes, The Golden Compass and many other Victorian-period style numbers also have influenced me so much and not to forget the novels of my fav’te writer HG Wells, especially ‘The Time Machine’. I have always enjoyed creating new worlds of my own and Steampunk is one prominent way, and I dare say a very versatile one at that, to express myself. Very suiting for me since I have always been a sucker for the Victorian era.
Photography, Concept, Digital art and Styling : Pavan Krushik
Model : Cecilia Pitre
Makeup/Hair : Atifa
Dress desinger : Patrick’s
Pavan Krushik is a self-taught photographic artist from Bangalore, India. He loves creating imaginative, conceptual, surrealistic and dreamy photographs with the purpose to dig into our inner worlds and envision what can´t be seen. He discovered photography quite late actually. He started playing in Photoshop way before he got interested in photography, but he really barely knew anything about the software. He has been learning and mastering his artistic skills ever since, and he’s still working on them. Photoshop is Pavan Krushik’s tool of choice to translate a picture into his imagination, not just what his imagination sees, but into his imagination completely.
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