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Arachne's Wrath
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Published: October 28, 2013
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:spider: Halloween Series: Arachne :spider: 

Photographer & editor: Michelle Monique
Model & MUA: Masha Meow
Wardrobe: Erika Robertson
Tarantula Handler: Faith Lucille

  • I've been wanting to do a Halloween themed shoot for the longest time so I'm glad I was finally able to! Oddly enough, I actually got the idea of doing Arachne from watching a documentary on female serial killers (specifically "black widows"). I wanted to combine the imagery of Arachne's mythology with the lore of women killers from the 19th century. The purpose of the spider body is obvious - that this creature is dangerous and devours its victims but I also wanted to add chains because Arachne was indeed cursed and could not undo her fate much like these "black widows" felt compelled and unable to resist killing. This is a lot darker than my usual stuff, but I hope my followers can appreciate it nonetheless!
  • Everything in this image has been photographed. No CGI is used.

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Image size
750x1202px 606.17 KB
Canon EOS 40D
Shutter Speed
1/200 second
Focal Length
18 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Feb 9, 2013, 1:40:32 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
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Ariel87's avatar
Ariel87|Hobbyist Digital Artist
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ArrestingAries's avatar
This is so wonderful. The way the hair moves, the chains, emotion, beautiful model.
Everything about it is wonderful:).
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osokiddenz|Hobbyist General Artist
You're an amazing artist.
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Deliveredmean42|Student Digital Artist
Power of all power. Wow, this is good, really good stuff.
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BillyNikoll|Hobbyist General Artist
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giannaisabella|Student Digital Artist
Omg she is SOOO CUUUTTEEE!!!!!
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camarilladee|Hobbyist General Artist
LOVE how the chains are flying around her.  Beautiful!
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WhiteMetaler's avatar
I haven't no word to Compliment.
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DaimoNxx's avatar
Arachne, one of my favorite Greek myths. Superb work, congrats. 
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a177ing|Professional Photographer
very amazing michelle, nice concept. Every different concept on your picture, very nice digital imaging.
Once more... it's a Very amazing.
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michellemonique|Professional Photographer
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a177ing|Professional Photographer
ur welcome michelle :)
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Paquito-2's avatar
Peut-être le moment où Athèna impose à jamais son destin à Arachné... L'expression du visage est, ici, très symptomatique, très représentatif du refus, de la colère et de la douleur.
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pencilworker's avatar
Beautiful creative shoot! Amazing...

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Cyluho|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! :clap:
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Black-Wren's avatar
I love how you have the chains flying around as her hair is blown back.  Great job!  It really gets the feel of magic in it.
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vale4u's avatar
Amazing work!
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KINGOOB's avatar
Excellent work!
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crescentsi|Professional Digital Artist

Very well shot/edited!  :-)


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LNDFrance|Hobbyist General Artist
Can't believe you shot an actual tarantula. I'm really, really impressed. 
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michellemonique|Professional Photographer
thanks! yep, it was quite interesting :p
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SgtSareth's avatar
Awwwww crap. I'm in trouble, aren't I?

Nice work!
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