The Earthen Body series was the beginning of my ritualistic photography work exploration, a deep communion with the land. It was the process I undertook to reclaim myself after the death of my husband. The first Earthen Body photographs were taken in April 2007, at Madera Hills ranch in Texas. The Earthen Body Series continued to unfold over the next year in lush Pacific coast forests, arid western deserts, and the magical south island of New Zealand.

 

 

                    


Rare, limited edition of 50, signed and numbered, first, and only, printing of the Earthen Body ritualistic photography series book printed in 2008.

Earthen Body was my first book project, and I worked with Edition One printers, a fine-art book publisher in Berkley, CA to create a very limited run of 50 books. They will never be reproduced, partly because it was created before I changed to my Mellissae Lucia pen name, so they are all signed, and numbered as Melissa Weiss Steele. The book is full color, with 28 images taken in lush Pacific coast forests, arid western deserts, and the magical south island of New Zealand while I explored my Earthen Body ritualistic process. The images were all taken alone, and nude on the land. It has 25 heavy-weight pages, with an elegant steel gray linen book-cloth cover, rich black endpapers, and a silver embossed title. There is also a visual grid of the entire contents, noting dates and locations of each of the shoots represented. This is a gorgeous, and collectible finely crafted book.

                      

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