In Greek Mythology, the Peony is named after Paeon. Paeon a student of Asclepius, the god of medicine and healing was instructed to obtain a magical root growing on Mount Olympus that would soothe the pain of women in childbirth. Asclepius became jealous, so Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of Asclepius by turning him into the peony flower.
Check out Juxtapoz Magazine, July 2014 issue featuring the super talented Todd Francis with an interview written by Jeremy Fish and a double page portrait by moi.
Here is an animation I created for a little shameless promotion of my photography business…
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There’s a huge window display at the Element store on Times Square in NYC featuring my photo of the amazing Amy Purdy right now!! Congratulations Amy!! So proud of everything you have accomplished. x
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Jac Vanek’s Summer 2014 has arrived! I always have so much fun on these shoots and loved working with Kris Kidd, Sydney Carlson and Devon Carlson!! <3
Here is a little April Fools spoof directed and filmed by my handsome husband, Kirk Dianda for Woodward West.
We visited the Swallows Day Parade in San Juan Capistrano over the weekend. The most standout of the parade performers, for me were the Chinelos! The word “chinelos” is derived from the Nahuatl word “zineloquie” which means “disguised”. The dance is one of many to develop after the Spanish conquest as native traditions and rites blended into Christian festivals. One of these is Carnival, with its traditions of wearing masks, role reversal, anonymity and behaviors not normally tolerated. The Chinelos became popular in the Mexican state of Morelos and the Federal District of Mexico City, especially the boroughs of Milpa Alta and Xochimilco. This dance developed as a mockery of the Europeans with their fine clothing, beards, fair skin and obnoxious mannerisms. It was so inspiring to see the pride and community of the Mexican people during this parade and the details of the costumes were incredible!