A Nō antique mask of a young woman of Japan's ancient times. The Nō masks are made in light wood and painted. There are many characters wearing masks in the Nō theatre, all played by man, this is a courtisan with the ancient make up: shaved eyebrouws and drawed much higher on the forehead, red lips and black teeth. This mask was at the antique shop of a friend in Milano: httkottoya who kindly permitted me to shoot many pictures.
For the shooting I used available shop light, tungsten spotlights, I found the right spot for the beam to hit the mask in a dramatic way. I used the 105 mm Micro lens, I had to shoot at 500 iso, handheld the camera and diaphragm fully opened at f 3,3 (the lens open at f 2.8 but in macro there is a loss of light).