Mélusine

This blog post is a collaboration with Elisa Lions a french ballerina from the Royal Swedish Ballet and Elaine Chiu (趙綺婷) a Hong Kong based painter. Elaine paints beautiful city scapes, and you can see more of her art on elainechiu.com. Our plan was to have the body paint evolve throughout the photoshoot, making it into a living thing that changed. So between the photos Elaine would step in and add some more details to the painting.

Elisa Lons painted by Elaine Chiu. We started with black paint on the arms, and then added white flowers on the back.
Elisa. Most of these photos I have replaced the background, as the vertical lines of the curtain distracted from the pose and painting.
Elisa improvising in front of the camera. Artwork by Elaine Chiu.

For those wondering about the blog post name, Mélusine is a French mythical creature that is a woman with a serpent’s lower body, much like a mermaid. Several royal houses used to claim to be descendants of Mélusine. You can read more about the legends of Mélusine on Wikipedia (linked above).

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Elaine and Elisa behind the scenes.
The Crew after the shoot. Elaine, Sunny, Elisa and Johannes.

Many thanks to Elisa and Elaine for a fun and creative photoshoot, and also thanks to Tsoi Yat Long for helping. If you want to see more photoshoots with Elaine, check her tag on the blog.

Instagram: Elisa, Elaine, Johannes

— Johannes

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