The Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone is a story about a mother and daughter, represented in these photos, by Austin singer/songwriter Laura Freeman. In the story, Demeter was the powerful Goddess of the Harvest, who adored her daughter passionately. Persephone, a young, beautiful maiden, did not know it but was being observed by the God of the Underworld, Hades, who wanted her for his wife. One day he came up from the underworld and abducted Persephone, taking her to the wet, dark underworld, where the dead lived, to be his wife. After her disappearance, Demeter was so distraught that she searched the earth for her daughter for nine days, without eating, drinking, bathing or resting. With fury she used the torch in her hand to burn lands, crops and livestock. She threatened to make the earth barren forever, and after a year of Demeter-created famine, Zeus and she spoke and negotiated a deal. Demeter got her beloved daughter back, but each year for four months Persephone had to return to the underworld. During this time, Demeter grieves for her daughter and takes away the grains and harvests of the earth, bringing on winter.