Work in progress: Glass slipper

This past week I’ve been working on a backlog of photographs I had taken throughout the year, but never got around to editing. One batch in particular was from a photo shoot I did of ice formations. We had just had several days of unstable weather: snow, followed by freezing rain, then an unexpected warm spell. The snow that had collected on the railings of our deck got coated in a quarter inch of ice that then began to melt. As it melted, the interaction of ice, snow, and sun created these amazing mini-sculptures. I cautiously moved around the slippery deck shooting what I could before the sun melted it away, and then promptly forgot all about it.

Last week I rediscovered these photos, can found some pretty cool images. But one in particular caught my eye: a bridge of ice from the railing to a post that had melted to a smooth, round point. There was something about it, something it was trying to say, that I just couldn’t put my finger on. I continued playing with it, trying to see what was there. I rotated it 90 degrees, just to see it from a different angle, and wsa struck by what I saw: a leg extended, covered by a dress of melting snow, and trying on a slipper of ice.

Glass Slipper ©Daniel Sroka

It only seems to happen a few times a year, where I find a photograph that really tells me a story so strongly. I still have more work to do on this photograph, to get it complete, but I’m excited about the direction it is going in.


You should be excited! This is so unusual and beautiful. Grace personified. A reminder to all artists to look at whatever our design inspiration and progress from all angles, even upside down.