Title: “BELIAL, Transmogrification #8”.
Creation Date: 23 August 2018.
“Fire Portraits” Series.
Year: 2017 to Present (2018).
Copyright 2018 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
“To Reign in Hell” novel by Steven Brust.
The Fire Portraits Series Concept:
This series consists of photography of fire shaped into Portrait-like imagery. The images represent the characters, the angels, in “To Reign in Hell”, written by Steven Brust. However, the series also includes fire portraits of demons, devils, and monsters.
Note 1: After doing the first art photo, I said to myself, “I’m seeing some faces from Brust’s novel in this image, and I need to investigate, and work this out further to see what develops.” Note 2: One very interesting aspect of Brust’s story is that all of the angels were essentially good until a conflict and deception arose among the angels. On top of that, the three “evil” angels in the story ( evil according to many ‘modernised’ views…modern being several thousand years for Satan/Lucifer/Devil, and hundreds for Mephisto ) — Satan and Lucifer are the same entity, and Mephistopheles is the name invented for the historical Johann Georg Faust (c. 1480–c. 1540), and in demonology, Mephistopheles was “one of the seven chief devils and the tempter of Faust”. Nevertheless, in Brust’s story, Satan and Lucifer are “First-Borns”, and Mephistopheles is an archangel and they are not devils or demons. Note 3: My Brust angels are a contradiction because they are made of fire: I think that Angels of fire are a contradiction. Note 4: Belial in the Brust story is a Firstborn Angel and he is trapped in the form of a half-mad dragon. He spends much time in a sort of hibernation state. It is for this reason, that my fire portrait interpretations of BELIAL appear to look like dragon heads, or so I see dragon heads.
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