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La Azteca

By KatrienaEmmanuel  
This is another photo, part of my series of Day of the Dead, which I submitted to several magazines but with no bites of interest. So hence I now publish on the net for all to criticize

Myapproach in my interpretation of this theme was to highlight the beauty of this iconic festival from a fashion perspective through its exploration of central characters that appear in Latin American culture, art and literature. The character portrayed here, La Azteca represents in this series the indigenous people, the original Mexicans, who were a warrior tribe steep in superstition

I used only one light for this series - reason being was that I deliberately wanted a shadow cast by the models

My approach to execution of the portrayal of this vision, was to represent these characters in their dead life form, as if they are materialising into reality, like an apparition materialises from thin air, hence my choice of lighting and editing technique to convey this spiritual materialisation. Also, in terms of the lighting, I wanted to create a deliberate shadow cast by the model, as the shadow effect reinforces for me the idea of the spirit world, we all have a shadow, we all cast one, yet we are alive, a shadow is probably for me the closest visual representation of a soul which is thought to be invisible, but perhaps we see it in our shadow our other self.

C & C welcome

Tags: Fashion General Mexico Tribal Body paint Aztec Portraits and people Day of the dead

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NeilWigan Plus
11 17 16 England
23 Sep 2010 4:16PM
is it fashion designers day off the prev photo is a miss mcartney taken by her father,now we have an Emmanuel . very well, obviously pro, shot works as an art photograph .Must be good or wouldnt be here.
jimPat 16 8 1 Scotland
16 Oct 2010 3:15PM
Fascinating introduction to the image, superb shot which should have attracted more attention, great work - Regards JP

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