“The pain of being treated like a mere object. And a sense that this pain would turn into pleasure.”

Makeup Designer: Sabrina Tait

Photographer: Ade McFade

Clothes Designer: Kathryn Russell

Model: Celine Tait

Title of Work: Empowerment

Subtitle: The vision of freedom through choice, breaking down the view of objectivism within a culture

Quote: “The pain of being treated like a mere object. And a sense that this pain would turn into pleasure.

Makeup Designer:     Sabrina Tait

Photographer:             Chris Newton

Model:                              Celine Tait

Title of Work:              Empowerment

Published Date:        April 13th, 2018

The piece is designed to challenge how the western society has a preconceived idea of the Modern Geisha and what she stands for today within Japan.   

Through media degradation and misunderstanding of an alien culture; the objectification of the Geisha has been born.

"How can you bear to pander to men like that in your job?" They then are surprised to find that I have an Oxford doctorate, that I chose my career and continue it because I enjoy it, and that geisha are strong, independent women who choose their careers, choose their lovers, and choose their customers too. Geisha have no obligation to entertain anyone if they don't want to”  Fiona Graham, the only full trained and acting Western Geisha.

The piece is based on the emphasis of physical appearance, within a western understanding of sexualisation. The western perception and cultural morals cannot be measured against another;  until this is understood we will never understand another culture we will only peer through a looking glass. Thus leaving a void for us to judge and create a false entity.