Wonderland is the result of a multi year journey through places and historic landmarks known from myths and old sagas. In this project I search for traces of these old mythologies and magical stories. The origin of these stories are strongly connected to natural places surrounded with stories of magic. These stories and places have always fueled my imagination. They have inspired me to search further to trace back these places and photograph them. I wanted to discover what makes them so special as they are so strongly connected to our daily life and religions.
What I found is places of serenity, of purity and beauty where nature seems so balanced. Places where people can reflect on them selfs and feel their part of this world as they stand before these sacred places. But I also found people and our influence to interact with these stories and ceremonies full of rituals all times on the sun and moon cycles. The stories and places have that I captured as much of imagination as they are reality. A sub world that exist and is celebrated on a daily basis but lives on through stories in our minds.
A contemporary druid full-moon ceremony at the Hill of Tara. The group comes together each full moon and performs a ‘Ritual of Protection’ on the hill itself, the continuation of the druid traditions. During this ritual based around a fire they call the spirits from all wind directions to join their circle. Other Celtic ceremonies are also taking place at the Hill of Tara like the Summer Solstice, Samhain and Imbolc.
The deep blue river of Tempe with it’s holy cave and sacred waters are still visited by thousands of people a year. Ancient myths rooted in this river valley of Tempe. Poseidon, the earth shaker, has split this gorge with it’s trident in order to provide the river God Pinios with a passage to the sea
A modern druid meditating at the night of Samhain in front of the moon at Tlachta, also known as Hill of Ward. According to Irish mythology, Samhain is a time when the ‘doorways’ to the Otherworld open, allowing supernatural beings and the souls of the dead to come into our world; but while Beltane is a summer festival for the living, Samhain “is essentially a festival for the dead”. Several sites in Ireland are especially linked to Samhain. The Hill of Ward (or Tlachta) in County Meath is thought to have been the site of a great Samhain gatherings and bonfire. Today still large groups gather at the night of Samhain.
This is the valley of the 12 gods. It lays just behind the highest peak, known as the throne of Zeus. In Greek mythology, Mount Olympus was the dwelling of the Olympian Gods and it was created after the Titanomachy, the battle during which the Olympians defeated their predecessors, the Titans. The twelve Olympians that resided at Mount Olympus were Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Hestia, Demeter, Hermes, Aphrodite, Ares and Hephaestus.