“The psyche is such that it contains and embraces both the feminine and masculine. It is inherently an androgynous entity regardless of what the gender of the physical person is.”
— Anja Van Kralingen

Prior to this shoot, I had spent a week at this lovely home & studio for a solo artist retreat. During that time, I had made daily observations of my environment — from the striking quality of light & shadow at different times of the day, to the interplay of nature, flora, architecture and design.  I went into the shoot with no grand concept per se, just a few jotted notes on my observations and used this as my playbook with model Beāte Muška.

It wasn’t until I sat down to edit and sequence the story, that the idea emerged of exploring Carl Jung’s ‘Animus and Amina’ as a theme. In Jungian thought, the anima is a personification of all feminine tendencies in a man’s psyche; while the animus is the personification of all masculine tendencies in a woman’s psyche. Playing off this, I combined images together to express the dual nature present within each and everyone of us.

Story for c-heads Magazine

Beāte Muška (Next Models Mgmt)

MojoBeeBeeMade by Dawn & GooseBerry Intimates

Altadena, CA

 The anima and animus are described by Jung as elements of his theory of the collective unconscious, a domain of the unconscious that transcends the personal psyche. In the unconscious of a man, this archetype finds expression as a feminine inner personality: anima; equivalently, in the unconscious of a woman it is expressed as a masculine inner personality: animus.