Conceptual Portrait – Kate, the Super-moon, a Mythical Creature and a Chinese Broadsword
Here is my latest conceptual portrait with model Kate Eastoe. I call them conceptual portraits because they are a style of portraiture that is different when compared to an image taken against a plain studio backdrop or around the town of Launceston or anywhere else in Tasmania actually. They are often a combination of photographs, – a photo-manipulation, which I find dramatic and that tells some kind of story. Don’t forget we can do these sort of portraits for you or your family. They make a different and cool gift.
The Moon Stirs the Phoenix
I call this image ‘The Moon Stirs the Phoenix’
The Fenghuang (ie the Chinese Phoenix) is a mythological bird of East Asia that reigns over all other birds. The phoenix came to symbolize the Empress when paired with a dragon as a dragon represented the Emperor. The phoenix represented power sent from the heavens to the Empress. If a phoenix was used to decorate something it symbolized that loyalty and honesty were with the owner.
A few years ago in China I bought this Chinese broadsword with the phoenix engraved on the blade for good luck. I haven’t done much with it, but did a photo-shoot with Kate a while back and we decided to use the sword as a prop for the shoot. The magic glow coming of the phoenix was put in post I’m afraid. I was aiming for an illustrative, almost CGI look, which is a bit of a signature style of mine, as is the colour blue. I love blue.
All up, I’m pretty happy how it turned out. If you want any tips on how it’s put together, send me an e-mail. I have no secrets.