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Portrait of Kenshin's Family by behindinfinity Portrait of Kenshin's Family by behindinfinity
I suppose this photo can be considered a follow-up to this :pointr: [link]

The residents of Kamiya dojo (including the friendly neighborhood freeloader) finally get around to taking a proper portrait together. Kaoru takes extra measure to ensure that Yahiko stands still. Kenshin is grateful that he now has people to do thing like this with. Sano tries very hard to hide the fact that he's afraid of getting his picture taken, but already has one foot out to make it easier to run in case the camera really does try to steal his soul.

I recently found myself fascinated by Meiji Era photography. They look very distinct, especially the hand-colored prints that are reminiscent of ukiyo-e. This website has some excellent examples: [link] (you get a different set of photos every time you refresh the page)

Rurouni Kenshin was set in that time period, so I thought I'd try editing one of our cosplay pictures to look like a weathered monochrome print from back then. I tried to imagine a person - perhaps a distant descendant - looking around somewhere that used to be known as the Kamiya dojo, finding a memento of the people who used to call that place home.

:iconbehindinfinity: myself as Himura Kenshin
:iconmerkymerx: as Sagara Sanosuke
:iconmoonlightflight: as Kamiya Kaoru
:bulletblack: Ysabel [link] as Myojin Yahiko
:camera: photography by Sandee ~littlesailboat
:bulletwhite: [link]

Rurouni Kenshin photoshoot:
:star-empty: Kenshin-gumi
:star-empty: Heart of Sword
:star-empty: Who Are You Protecting?
:star-empty: Days to Remember
:star-empty: Myojin Yahiko: I Need To Get Stronger
:star-empty: Sagara Sanosuke: Fists of Conviction
:star-empty: Himura Kenshin: Remembrance
:star-empty: Departure
:star-empty: Portrait of Kenshin's Family
:star-empty: You By My Side

:postit: Additional photos and photoshoot outtakes are here: [link]

Rurouni Kenshin © 和月 伸宏 (Watsuki Nobuhiro)
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isshinyukki Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh~ the first photo of Kenshin's family on dA! <3
Sacha31 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very cool picture!!
DeidreAngel Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Student General Artist
how do you do the scar make-up?
lywt Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist
Awesome!! Kenshin's one of my favorite series; you guys really did it well.
Zirna1980 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Wow!!! It's sooo cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
KMPK Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
That photo is the best for me! Kenshin is a really good manga/anime !! :meow:
mzclark Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
awesome idea. whats so great is in the series the camera was very new in Japan. Sanosuke was afraid to take a picture but he was forced to anyway :D
meimei808 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
misaitachilove Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
tingc888 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this photo. I think you captured the "long ago memory" impression you wanted. :)
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