In Greek mythology, a nymph was a deity bound to nature and thought to be caretaker of land and life. This idea originated through the reverence of nature and fertility. With the ability to bear children, women are givers of life. Nature was thought to be inhabited by spirits, and eventually these two beliefs merged and the nymph was brought forth.
With exceptional beauty and allure they often attracted the attention of men and in particular prominent Greek figures, and birthed many Greek heroes. They were often the daughters of river gods and as such, shrines were built in their honor and fresh water sources were adorned with their imagery. There were many other kinds of nymphs aside from water nymphs, such as celestial nymphs, wood nymphs, and underworld nymphs.
The Dryad, Evelyn De Morgan
Nymphs are not immortal, but they do live exceptionally long lives. Yet another reason these magical creatures are so highly revered.
In pop culture there are many nymph references. True Blood's Sookie Stackhouse was actually a fairy, but there are so many parallels, she's basically a nymph. As you may recall she was insanely attractive to vampires, had a need to nurture and care for those around her, and was expected to have an unusually long lifespan.
We recently collaborated with an impressive group of women to create a dark forest nymph themed photoshoot. Part underworld nymph and part wood nymph, this little lady is bad in all the right ways. We wanted to bring some dark imagery to a selection of our Entomology designs, and being partly based in the Pacific Northwest made that vision a reality. We shot in a park that has great trees with low, full branches. We wanted it to feel like this Nymph was in her domain being one with the enchanting environment.
"Here, in the forest,
dark and deep,
I offer you,
- Mary Pickford, The Poor Little Rich Girl
Photography by Rebekah Jule
Model Tina Niemitalo
MUAH Brittany Blanchard
Florals Bramble Floral