Smeagol is a pivotal character in Tolkien’s amazing magnum opus, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, in which he plays a maniacal and slimy creature living in pitiful seclusion inside the dark and dank caves that burrow under The Misty Mountains. Once a hobbit, when Sauron’s maliciously evil Ring Of Power falls into the unsuspecting hands of Smeagol he is immediately corrupted by its possessive spell and loses his mind, running away and eventually seeking isolated sanctuary under the Misty Mountains. He is repeatedly heard chanting the word ‘Precioussss’, his pet name for the object of his desire.
The fall of one hobbit of many years past, however, was not to dictate the destiny of all hobbits, for Tolkien’s tale moves forward to a new generation in which two hobbits, who had no intention to go on a grand adventure, do just that and change the course of history for all those of Middle Earth.
Why do I tease You with such summative descriptions of a book and its characters when my current photographic series pertains to a theme that is a world apart set within a parody agenda of one of the most highly cited fashion magazines on the planet?!
Well, sorry to be a huge pain on Your big toe but I have yet another case of a beautiful and enchanting synchronicity between my little world of Words and actions and the events of the bigger world beyond my doorstep. When Katie and I unleashed our uncontainable kindergarten inclinations into the kingdom of the playground we found not far from the swings a most alarming but exciting apparatus waiting to be anointed with our buttery fingers!
A huge rope-weaved web was stretched out from one pole to another and upon grasping our attention, Katie and I once more exchanged that classic look, fired with the simultaneous acknowledgement that Destiny had apprised us of a SIGN that would be of significance at a later date, but that for the while not a second should be lost and however wacky it would appear to those around us we simply had to be caught in it! In the most literal of terms our performance act would define QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT with poetical efficiency and mystique, the physics of the dot world would be transformed into play!
Plunged into the web, an abstraction of the WORLD WIDE WEB itself, Katie simulated her mannerisms to mimic the devilish Black Widow SPIDER as a way to demarcate between the seductive attraction for acquiring and coveting information in the digital age as opposed to the more personal quest for authentic knowledge.
Little did my friend know that I had shook her hand earlier in a false display of gratitude and had planted, without her knowledge, a splodge of superglue on both palms! You do not believe me? That is fine with me, Your imagination has already approved of the validity of my account! Giggle, giggle!
Oh, so sorry, I seem to have abandoned my exposition of the link between the spidery act of the playground and LORD OF THE RINGS! The photograph in this edition’s BRITISH ROGUE, parading a genuinely hilarious screaming face of my good mate – giggle, giggle – was taken on Monday, my only day off in the week. NAT GEO published a momentous article later in the week announcing the discovery of a new SPIDER originating from South America and she is named, cue drum roll…. SMEAGOL! Pale gold and yellowy in colour, she has a tendency to blurt out the word ‘PRECIOUS’ and takes whatever You throw at it with a macabre grin, beware of this vicious vamp and her all-seeing EYE companion!
My team and I know exactly the ‘pair’ who will be jolted by these words but rest assured, it is all in GOOD TASTE in the world of BRITISH ROGUE! I know you two will laugh with us! Giggle, giggle!
Followed by a Spider and her Eye I fear not
I’ve stuck on their palms my gooey bogey snot!
Your ever reliable 5ft 1 comedienne and jaunty jester of the Word
Mazzy Hobbitina xxx
“Little did my friend know that I had shook her hand earlier in a false display of gratitude and had planted, without her knowledge, a splodge of superglue on both palms! You do not believe me? That is fine with me, Your imagination has already approved of the validity of my account! Giggle, giggle!”
Photography, Concept & Words: © Masufa Khatun | Mazzy Khatun Photo Stories | Winchester | UK 2015