Before I photographed my first erikae (the debut of a geisha), one of the key moments I wanted to record was the first brush of white makeup across her face. I thought it would be simply a matter of timing, of me pressing the shutter release of my camera at the right moment.
Was I wrong!
I was fortunate enough to be able to photograph the erikae of three geiko, which is the subject of my new book Now a Geisha. Of those three erikae, only this image of Manaha matched what I had envisioned in my imagination, and that is why it is one of my favorite photos from the book.