We Will Always Live In Magic
Photographer Andrew Tonkery
Artist & Art director Jessica Tonder
An idea usually comes to me in the form of a dream or as a wild, ridiculous thought as I’m doing mundane house chores or tending to chickens. What I like to do is reenact the image, the set, and costume, as if I were getting ready for a performance. I am a singer so I always imagine scenes from an opera, my own dreamt up opera where animals play a major role! I am also immensely inspired by the theatrics of daily life and implementing aspects of what we do here and how we live, to create a fantasy. The mood is very instinctual and impulsive at first, but then quickly shifts into the very meticulous planning out of details so that it is just right in my mind. Once I have it , I become temperamental from the excitement, as a child, very eager to begin building and creating. I think of it as a very joyful dance that will occur with nature and the animals, very symbiotic in a way that’s elusive. There are many factors that come in to play because the animals have to be in the mood and they usually will show you if they would like to be perform or not. I think of them as my divas. If they are up to it, we proceed, and the image begins to take shape. Our farm ( which I also call our theatre) is in a mountain valley & conditions can be very violent and erratic at times, or perfectly breathtaking and still, so we have to watch for it and see what makes sense. Andrew is a quiet mystic and typically sustains all the chaos with ease. Shows me what is there as far as light and composition, what will work according to the laws of nature, and what feels the most authentic in capturing a true image. He will then continue on to address wardrobe malfunction and gently fix my hair or whatever is in dire need of adjusting. He is my treasure and I could not do any of this without him. A lot of the time he will see something that would have never occurred to me, and that’s what truly gives it wings and makes it extraordinary!
The animals are our muses and greatest inspiration, they are truly majestic creatures, with about 200 of them co-existing harmoniously just outside our door. It has a magic unlike anything in this world. We will always live in magic thanks to them.