Automatic crystal remote control (Shadow Self feat. Arttu Karppanen)



Hello, my dearest readers! 


My friend Arttu Karppanen (Click to like his new FB site!) is seeking to get to study photography. He asked me to model for one of the pre-tasks. This was his very first time instructing a model and he did well. :) He wanted two different kind of pictures that had some kind of a bond. So, during one day we shot a "fine business lady" and a "drug addict", both of them in milieu they don't fit.

I was responsible for the makeup art and styling. And modeling. For both of the character types!


Two opposites, one bond (my personal favorites).
Photos: Arttu Karppanen, Model/MUA/PostProduction: Shadow Self
 
Arttu did the photography and the post production to the finale versions that he picked - and I got enthusiastic playing with Photoshop a bit and giving some of the surplus photos a rather dirty look.

At first the idea was just to show two opposites side by side. After that it felt like the pictures should tell a chronological story of a person. Finally, Arttu decided to choose the photos so that the ideas was pretty much that the business lady is how the junkie views herself. So he placed the junkie photo as the first one.

First, here's some making of material!


One of the sets was built to a hobby room's little toilet. Looking a bit hazard...? It was.
Meanwhile I was doing my make up, my little cockatiel Eetu was keeping company to Arttu.

Arttu wanted to eat some pearls, too!

Of course I had to post a picture of my make up. :D Sami and Anni brought me some Breaking Bad candies from their USA trip and that little bag of "Blue sky" was rather suitable prop to pick for this mobile shot. Quite recognizable at least, since my FB noticed it immediately. ;D


And here are some results!

(And Risingson lyrics by Massive Attack)
Photo: Arttu Karppanen / Model/MUA/PP: Shadow Self

I seen you go down to a cold mirror
It was never clearer in my era so
You lick a shine upon your forehead or
Check it by the signs in the corridor
You light my ways through the club maze
We would struggle through the dub daze

Photo: Arttu Karppanen / Model/MUA/PP: Shadow Self
I see myself in there upon my lover
It's how you go down to the men's room sink
Sad we talk of how madmen think
I see myself in there upon my lover
I don't know her from another miss
I don't know you from another

See me run now you're gone... dream on...

Photo: Arttu Karppanen / Model/MUA/PP: Shadow Self

Why you want to take me to this party and breathe
I'm dying to leave
Every time we grind we know we severed lines
Where have all those flowers gone
Long time passing
Why you keep me testing, keep me tasking
You keep on asking

Toy-like people make me boy-like
Toy-like people make me boy-like
They're invisible, when the trip it flips
They get physical, way below my lips
And everything you got hoi-poloi like
Now you're lost and you're lethal
And now's about the time you gotta leave all
These good people...dream on

This one was the other finale picture!
Photo/PP: Arttu Karppanen / Model/MUA: Shadow Self

Nicer than the bird up in the tree top
Cheaper than the chip inside my lap top
All the variations you could do with me
Nicer than the girl up in your mind you're free

Photo: Arttu Karppanen, Model/MUA/PP: Shadow Self
Photo: Arttu Karppanen, Model/MUA/PP: Shadow Self


Automatic crystal remote control,
They come to move your soul

You're gonna fade into the background
Like a better smoke'll bring you back round
Like a man slide inside you my dear
Your cheap beer's filled with crocodile tears
See 'em run now you're gone...dream on

Toy-like people make me boy-like
Toy-like people make me boy-like

I found a reason
I found a reason

Dream on
Dream on
Dream on

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Shadow Self feat Heartless & Vixxsin

Original photos: Jenni Kaurila / Studio Nevian
Okayy, it's time for some alternative fashion!

Dat dress! Omg! It was awesome! The helm moves so softly and smoothly.
Photo: Jenni Kaurila / Studio Nevian
Design: Evil Clothing
Brand: Heartless

Photo: Jenni Kaurila / Studio Nevian
Design: Evil Clothing
Brand: Heartless
Photo: Jenni Kaurila / Studio Nevian
Design: Jenni Salmela / Evil Clothing
Brand: Heartless
Photo: Jenni Kaurila / Studio Nevian
Design: Jenni Salmela / Evil Clothing
Brand: Heartless

  
Photo: Jenni Kaurila / Studio Nevian
Design: Jenni Salmela / Evil Clothing
Brand: Vixxsin


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Dancing at Kåren - The reincarnation of Isis

© Jere Satamo, JS Disain

After doing a little performance with my parrot Pyro at Logomo, burlesque artist Sophie le Sucré asked me to perform in a burlesque event Hylätty Huvipuisto ("Abandoned amusement park") 4.4.2014. At first I was supposed to do something with birds but then I decided not to since the surroundings would have been way too tricky compared to the small amount of practising possibilities. Sophie asked me if there would be something else I wanted to do. It didn't have to be burlesque: a little warm-up performance would do just fine.

I started to wonder if there was anything I'd always wanted to do but didn't dare... I had the answer quite fast. I had always wanted to dance solo infront of the audience. But dancing has never been my strongest merit. Yeah, I can move my body, but I've always been a bit weak embracing strict techniques. So this time I wanted to do something based on the feeling I wanted to follow.

I chose to do something a bit oriental but combining it to larger, more energetic motion. I did have a loose coreography and some base pillars but part of the show was just improvised. I love to dance, God I love it... And I wanted to do movements that feel good to me, reaching the passion that I often get while dancing secretly just for myself.

© Aki Aro / Photoworks.fi
I've always loved oriental mythologies and esthetics but there's still this strong modern cyber kid inside me. I love music that mixes such characteristics and it wasn't hard to decide the music for the performance: I chose Seven Lions, Isis. This song kinda mixes oriental atmosphere with dubstep(ish) rhytms. I just love it!

I needed some equipment and borrowed stuff from my fellow Hellsinki RockGirl Nyoko Cottoncandy and also my tribal fusion dancing teacher Amanda Nousiainen. But I still needed more bling and visited Zarifet, a local little boutique that sells clothing and accessories for belly dancers and other more exotic genres.

From Amanda I borrowed Isis wings. I actually had never ever even touched Isis wings before and at first I was a bit lost with them. But, after playing a while I started to figure out how the fabric behaves and what kind of hand movements and positions cause different "animated patterns". ...Don't really know how to describe it any better... My (borrowed) wings were transparent but they had this beautiful oyster nacre surface:




I remember waiting at the back stage, correcting my outfit almost neurotically. I wasn't feeling too nervous or anything but I guess my tension was subconscious. Sure, I kinda knew that I would't make myself a fool but of course I didn't know what to expect since I had never done anything like this before.

And that's why the reactions from the audience blew my mind completely. Not only did they like it but they seemed to really love it! I don't think that any of my solo performances have ever reached that great applause. You could pretty much smell the excitement and exploding reactions of people, holding their breath and then just bursting to show their favor.

Why was it so amazing? Because I am not a dancer. Really. I'm not. No matter how my a couple friend preached that I shouldn't say that. But that's a fact. I've taken tribal fusion lessons only four months and of course studied a bit at theater school. But I've always lived with the though that I pretty much suck. Dancing isn't something I would ever been praised for.

What I waited for was words like "Oh, nice dance, way to go! Thank you for the performance." ...and not like "OH MY GOD AWESOME I JUST CRIED WHAT THE FUCK IDA O M G! WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME YOU CAN DANCE?!"

I was so touched for every comment that I had after the dance. Strangers from the audience came to hug me, many describing cold shivers and two of them cried. Woah. Mind blowing! I was also asked to do it again in August! Unbelievable! Well, sure! I'd love to dance more if it causes so strong emotions. Even though my technique isn't correct and I don't do any particular style... if it gives something to someone I'd be happy to do it more. Thank you all so much for your support!

Here are some pictures!


Dressing room
Photo: Nina Lahtinen

© Jere Satamo, JS Disain

© Jere Satamo, JS Disain

© Jere Satamo, JS Disain

Slowly lifting the Isis Wings...
© Jere Satamo, JS Disain

© Jere Satamo, JS Disain

© Jere Satamo, JS Disain

"Tha-daaaaaa (szrrr) - scadada-scratchscratch-boom - thaa-da-daa... - badada thang-thang-thang!!"© Jere Satamo, JS Disain
© Aki Aro / Photoworks.fi
Dancing is serious business!
© Aki Aro / Photoworks.fi

...I'm not that evil! :D
© Aki Aro / Photoworks.fi
© Jere Satamo, JS Disain

Happy performer listening to applause!
© Jere Satamo, JS Disain

© Jere Satamo, JS Disain
Even though a video can't really show you the true atmosphere as large and amazing as it was, perhaps this filmation gives at least a little idea of what was happening. :)



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Eläimellinen kuukausi


Inspiraationi oli aika pitkään jossakin taivaanrannan tuolla puolen, sillä olen keskittynyt uusimaan neitokakadusivustoani. Se on urakkana melkoinen, sillä sivuja on yhteensä kolminumeroisen summan verran ja puolet sivustosta on lisäksi englanniksi. Aikaa tälle blogille on tilapäisesti ollut hieman vähemmän.

Elämässäni on tapahtunut kaikenlaisia muutoksia ja tapahtuu varmasti vielä lisääkin. Olen harkinnut Helsinkiin muuttamista, mahdollisesti työn perässä, mutta varmaa se ei vielä ole. Siihen asti olen osin työttömänä, mutta toisaalta teen myös jonkin sortin keikkaa. Minua kysyttiin esimerkiksi vakiokasvoksi eläväksi malliksi taidekurssille. Palkkajobit ovat aina pop tällä saralla.

Kirjoitushiljaisuuteni välissä on ollut kaikenlaista pientä kivaa erityisesti eläinten kanssa ja siitä ajattelin kirjoitella hieman.

Minulla oli jokin aika sitten hoidossa mitä ihanin chihuahuapentu, Nini! Se on siskopuoleni koira, joka oli muuton ajan täällä luonani.

Nini on vasta lapsukainen ja sillä oli vielä kaikenlaista opittavaa. Olikin hauska päästä kokeilemaan eläinkouluttajataitojani sen kanssa! Nini on hyvin oppivainen ja todella sosiaalinen luonne. Mutta chihuahuan tavoin sillä oli myös rodulle ominaista päättäväisyyttä, jonka kanssa sai hiukan painotella. Moni tekee sen virheen, että hämääntyy chihujen pienestä koosta ja pitää niitä siksi helppoina, vaikka tosiasiassa vahtikoiraluonteisina ne ovat alttiita monille pulmille, kuten räksyttämiselle. Niinpä olimmekin melko tarkkoja, minkälaista käytöstä vahvistettiin täällä hoitopaikassa ja minkälaista ei. Helpottaa sitten tulevissa hoitopaikoissa, kun täällä meni kaikki putkeen. :)



Tissieläin. Kirjaimellisesti.
Sitten asustelin kolmisen viikkoa Helsingissä, jossa pidin eläintenkouluttajaopiskelijoille pari luentoja papukaijakolutuksesta ja tein keikkaduunina hommia myös ihan käytännön papukaijakouluttajana. Se oli aika awesome! Kyseesä oli Katariina Nummisen ohjaama esitys Zoo, jonka käsikirjoitus perustui Korkeasaaressa salaa äänitettyihin pätkiin siitä, mitä ihmiset puhuivat eläimiä katsellessaan. Koulutin projektissa ystäväni Jonnen (joka aina välillä on sivulauseessa tässäkin blogissa mainittu) keltaniska-amatsoni Nooaa. Vaikka teot, joita piti treenata, eivät olleet järin vaikeita, ympäristö asetti melkoisia haasteita esimerkiksi korkean Pannuhallin ja teatterivalojen osalta. Kuitenkin selvittiin kunnialla loppuun!

Minä ja Nooa työn tohinoissa.
"Sä saat tän kirsikkatomaattilootan, jos mun vanukkaastani ei löydy dipattua papukaijaa."

Amiedulla alkamassa luento Siivekäs villieläin - Papukaijakoulutuksen haasteet

Tällä viikolla pitäisi tulla viimeisimmän Evil Clothinging kuvausten materiaalit käsiini. Hetkeen ei nyt olekaan ollut kuvauksia. Pitänee järkkäillä jotakin! Perjantaina elämää kruunaa keikka Hylätty huvipuisto -burleskitapahtumassa Turun Kårenilla, jossa tanssin! Tervetuloa katsomaan!

- Shadow Self

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