Bliss Katherine*

Upper West Side, New York | 06.56 am

In the history of Lord Ashbury leading up to this post (that’s 2 years and exactly 1,460 posts), I’ve mentioned that I’ve written a book series only once; back in January when I happened upon a young woman in Soho who was a complete doppelgänger of my main character in the books, and . The character, Donica Pine, is a uniquely peculiar teenager who is first adored and then ridiculed by a group of popular students who take her in at a new school; things go horribly wrong and there’s a tragedy at the school. . . . So what does this have to do with the lovely woman in this post?

Back in 2008, as the first book, Veronasongs was in the process of being published, I had gone on the internet to look for images that evoked an appropriate idea of Kansas City (where the story essentially takes place). I found my way to Flickr and came across these wonderful outdoor autumn images taken by this amateur photographer. I sent her an email and asked if I could use the images to forward along for consideration, at least so the designers would have a better understanding of what the book should feel like. This serendipitously turned into a collaboration, more ideas, more frames! And then, I came across a photo she had in her portfolio that blew me away; she was lying on the floor with her eyes closed, and a strip of film covered her mouth. I was seeing her face for the very first time; she looked like Donica Pine–she was Donica Pine. It was a no brainer–she had to be on the cover. Ladies and gentlemen, Bliss Katherine!

Bliss has been on both of the book covers, will probably be on the third if or when it’s published, but more importantly, she’s gone from avid photography enthusiast to rock star, her photographs being featured everywhere from Nylon Magazine to Vogue Italia. Though her primary medium is music, she also shoots weddings and has a firm foot in fashion with clients like Ford and Next Models. You can find her work here.

So it was with great pleasure that this fall, I not only got the chance to meet Bliss in person for the very first time, but that we had the opportunity to hang out photograph each other. In a sense, she’s not only a muse, but a hero in every respect. I hope you enjoy the portraits in this post as much as I enjoyed taking them.

TGIF!

PS – Rare shameless plug–if you’re interested in checking out my books, you can find them here and here.

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