So last week, I showed the High Key Geisha Girl images I shot with Ally (Allison) Nicole, we did nothing to change the makeup itself, although we did have a little incident when changing out the eye contacts, if you didn’t notice they were completely black in the Geisha Girl images and we decided to try red, poor Ally made her eye water, which in turn made the makeup run…it did add a cool creepy tear look, but was not so cool on some of the other shots…Photoshop to the rescue, as it would have taken an hour or more to fix up the makeup. We also changed out the all-white background for something much darker, more in keeping with the Kitsune theme.
What is Kitsune?
Kitsune is the Japanese word for the fox. Foxes are a common subject of Japanese folklore; in English, kitsune refers to them in this context. Stories depict them as intelligent beings and as possessing paranormal abilities that increase with their age and wisdom. According to Yōkai folklore, all foxes have the ability to shapeshift into human form. While some folktales speak of kitsune employing this ability to trick others— as foxes in folklore often do— other stories portray them as faithful guardians, friends, lovers, and wives.
Foxes and humans lived close together in ancient Japan; this companionship gave rise to legends about the creatures. Kitsune have become closely associated with Inari, a Shinto kami or spirit, and serve as its messengers. This role has reinforced the fox’s supernatural significance. The more tails a kitsune has—they may have as many as nine—the older, wiser, and more powerful it is. Because of their potential power and influence, some people make sacrifices to them as to a deity.
Not sure if anyone has picked up on it yet, but my beautiful Kitsune, has a distinct lack of tails! The images are all beautiful and creative and I am really happy with them, but none have a tail. Truth is I just could not seem to get the tail to a point I was happy with and believable, so I removed them. More failing upward.
This image, however, was a win. No Ally is not holding my dog Chloe 🙂 she, is in fact, holding a stuffed rabbit, wrapped in a fur rug, with a fox tail (not a real one) hanging down, I then took one of Ally’s photos from a Fox Sanctuary she visited in Japan and placed the head of a fox onto this ‘body’. This still took a bit of effort to paint in extra fur, match all the colours and make it look believable. I am quite happy with it.
I have a few more photos, with a different look so I will add them in another post.