God have mercy…
Title: In A Land of Myth and A Time of Magic
Content Notes: My little sendoff for the show that’s made my year since I discovered it last spring. And I have mixed feelings about how this turned out, but anyway, this is basically how I will always remember Merlin… no matter how things turn out, yeah?
“Why you looking at me like that ?” she asked
“Because you’re beautiful, as always” He simply answered
I know that I already posted almost exactly the same manip of Gwen, but I just wanted to have the girls together on my blog. Sorry for the repeat:)
its funny how fandom’s material is actually better than what the show produces
1874. Vivien and Merlin.
In 1874, Julia Margaret Cameron was asked by her friend and neighbor Alfred, Lord Tennyson to illustrate a new edition of his Idylls of the King, a recasting of the Arthurian legend in which the poet laureate projected the downfall of Victorian society. Compared to earlier editions illustrated by Gustave Doré and by Pre-Raphaelite artists, Cameron’s folio, with twelve large original photographs and a frontispiece portrait of Tennyson himself, was decidedly extravagant. Cameron lavished great care on this, her last project, making 180 exposures of her family and friends posed as living embodiments of the moralizing episodes.Here we see the photographer’s husband, Henry Hay Cameron, posed as Tennyson’s Merlin-“an old darling,” according to Cameron-the magician whose purity was the wellspring of his power, and an unidentified girl playing the harlot Vivien, who enchants him. Mr. Cameron, very much in character as Tennyson’s Merlin, stands before “the hollow oak” (carried in from Tennyson’s property), “lost to life and use, and name and fame.” The picture succeeds through the language of gesture: Vivien’s turning, pointing attitude (which Cameron aptly termed “piquante”) and Merlin’s dreamlike trance make this the image incarnate of the casting of a spell. - The Met