Part I. Inspired by Japan
If it was possible, I would probably live in New York for one month, working in the fashion industry. Next month, selling fishes on the Philippines market, staying in a bamboo beach house. And couple of months later, I would find myself, maybe, in Tokio, as an employee of the international company, or in Paris, doing whatever would come. In other words, I love to change my skin, at least for a while.
This desire I used to fulfill by attending the dramatic art classes between my 6 and 18, was reflected in my later life in many unpredictable ways. As if my mixed origin – half Middle East, half Central European, didn’t offer enough opportunities for the diversity. Once it was a faraway country where I decided to live for some time, next time a major change in my career.
But sometimes a role play can bring me a satisfying portion of the adventure I’m looking for.
With that purpose I took a garment which I bought in H&M long time ago and used to wear as a bathrobe.
Inspired by some traditional as well as the modern Japanese and South Korean styling, I created my make up and went to shoot this series into the Japanese garden.
My choice was not random. I’ve been interested in both countries for a long period of time, starting, very unoriginal, somewhere between Lost in translation, Haruki Murakami and song Alone in Kyoto by the Air. All so typical by their nostalgic atmosphere and mystery.
That is how happened that I tried to create at least the feeling of the Far East in these pictures, though my eyes unfortunately didn’t get slanted.
Stay tuned for the coming editorials inspired by different countries and their fashion/make-up style.
Art director: Daniela Rifai Photos by Martin Jesny and Daniela Rifai for the Smell of Jasmine