White Heron

10: White Heron, Peter Masters 2017

This is a portrait of a woman who is striving for independence in her life. She is made up as a geisha because geisha’s in Asian history have always symbolised beauty. But in particular an inner beauty and an ability to transform oneself at any time in your life - to take on a new persona, to take on a new mask and move forward.

It’s set against a background of a very old 15th century Japanese tapestry. And here the heron symbolises stillness and tranquility but is also a powerful hunter. They are quick and determined.

This image speaks to us about seizing the opportunities in life. As a spirit, the heron focuses on resourcefulness - waiting calmly and patiently for the right moment and then seizing the day. The heron is an independent creature, it hunts alone.

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