Celebrating The Year Of The Tiger by David McMahon

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This little girl was walking down Southbank this afternoon (February 2010) with her face painted to resemble a tiger, in celebration of Chinese New Year. 303 views on 11 March 2011.

I walked up and introduced myself to the little girl’s parents and asked if they would mind if I took a shot or two of their daughter’s face paint. I explained that the image would be uploaded on Red Bubble and asked them if they had any objections.

They kindly gave me permission straight away – and the little girl was happy to pose for the camera. And yes, she was fairly delighted when we showed her the shot on my screen!

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F8, 1/125 sec, ISO 400, focal length 125mm.

Featured in CREATIVE SPIRITS OF QUEENSLAND, February 2010.

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Featured in UNTOUCHABLES, March 2010.

Featured in IMAGE WRITING, December 2010.

Featured in JUST FUN, March 2011.



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  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 4 years ago

    Fantastic make-over – and a beautiful shot of this girl – so glad you met her David and shared this with us .o)

  • Thank you for your kindness. The face art was really intricate – and I cannot tell you how welcoming her parents were. I explained the image would be on public display and that as a parent myself it was imperative to ask their permission.

    – David McMahon

    JUSTARTover 4 years ago

    lovely shot

  • Thank you, JustArt. The little girl was a great subject.

    – David McMahon

  • John Vandeven
    John Vandevenover 4 years ago


  • Thanks, John. Southbank was alive with the sights and sounds of Asia today!

    – David McMahon

  • Tomi10
    Tomi10over 4 years ago

    Great capture, but not much to celebrate they got thumped by 12 goals!! lol

  • Yes, that’s a fair point, Thomas. I have some close friends who barrack for the Tigers – and they’ve had some tough years as disappointed footy fans.

    – David McMahon

  • kamaljeet kaur
    kamaljeet kaurover 4 years ago


  • Thank you so much, Kamaljeet – her parents were very kind to let me take this shot.

    – David McMahon

  • CJTill
    CJTillover 4 years ago

    A perfect picture.

  • Thank you, Colin – she wasn’t fussed at all about posing for the camera. A very happy kid.

    – David McMahon

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago

    great work,

  • Thank you, Scott. Southbank was completely transformed yesterday and the stage shows were great.

    – David McMahon

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Thanks very much, Cee and Chris.

    – David McMahon

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerover 4 years ago

    Greetings David; Lovely capture and a beautiful model.

  • Thank you, Steve. Most of the credit goes to her parents, who gave me permission.

    – David McMahon

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot!

  • Thank you so much, Shulie. I thought the face art was amazing, too.

    – David McMahon

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