I'm not sure if I commented on this already, but thank you so much for posting this beautiful photograph. Something about the subject inspired a character...which in turn inspired a world of characters...and then an entire world. ^^ (Yeah, I'm into writing.) But I just have to remark that you could see so much depth in her eyes! So lovely =]
There is just something about this photo to me that makes it catchy to the eye. Maybe it's the contrast of black and white or perhaps the figure herself but this is definitly a peice that makes you do a double take in the details. The way the photo looks posed dosen't deflect from it at all either as the way most posed pictures do and the effort on making it look as though it's a period peice was nicely and quite effectively done. She most certainly has that air to her. I took a look at the painting as well and the technique sounds pretty interesting. Definitly an awesome piece. Nice work
One of the most beautiful portraits I've seen in a long time. I ADORE the costume in the context of the way it is lit... Have to agree about her hair, to some degree. If you hunt, you can find older portraits of women with their hair down.
To be honest, I think had it been a "traditional" haricut for that specific era, it would have made the picture bland and mainstream. The fact that her hair is new age throws some contrast into the air. And we all like contrast!