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Submitted on
May 28, 2011
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9.7 MB


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The Red String Fate - SelfPort by GiuseppeParisi The Red String Fate - SelfPort by GiuseppeParisi
Digitally Enhanced Portrait + Matte Painting Background

Matte Painting info: 5 photos [stock house image purchased + my own stock] + Hand Painting [33%]

strobist info: 1 rim light and 1 butterfly lightning.
----- Canon 580 Ex II in shot-through umbrella 45 above the model @1/2
----- Bare and zoomed Nikon sb-26 up on the right behind the model @1/8
Triggered via Skyport.

Canon 5D Mark II + Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L IS II
Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Wacom Intuos4 Tablet

See How I Made It!: [link]


The red string of fate, also referred to as the red thread of destiny, red thread of fate, and other variants, is an East Asian belief originating from Chinese legend and is also used in Japanese legend. According to this myth, the gods tie an invisible red string around the ankles of men and women who are destined to be soul mates and will one day marry each other. Often, in Japanese culture, it is thought to be tied around the little finger. According to Chinese legend, the deity in charge of "the red thread" is believed to be Yue Xia Lao (月下老) (often abbreviated to "Yuelao" [月老]), the old lunar matchmaker god who is also in charge of marriages.

The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of time, place or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break. This myth is similar to the Western concept of soulmates or a twin flame.

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Larpa-art Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Never knew about this before, thanks for sharing.
chalutplease Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
Wonderful myth and conceptual shot! Does this mean that you are tied to the Lady of the Lake?
GiuseppeParisi Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
hehe not of the lake... but she's a lady yes ;P
chalutplease Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
Sophia-Christina Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
Great image and lesson thank you :)
option-b Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Professional Artist
really like the composition!
bobstrong Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
stupendo lavoro
sparkpenguin Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
mine is tangled to hell and i'm gnawing at it a lot lately. :|

this is gorgeous, and i love the expression-- so resolute. excellent stock blending as always! and it was nice you took the time to put some thoughtful background in the scripto to inform the audience. n_n
NatiaGreenleaf Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
LOVE this piece!!
I do believe that everyone has a soul mate.
Nippy13 Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
wow...ammazza che muscolacci...complimentoni!
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