The title of this piece is taken from the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series of books by Michelle Paver.

Soul Eaters would kidnap small children and transform them into creatures know as the Tokoroth, who were used by the Soul Eaters to scare clans and lay traps and foil the plans of the Spirit Walker – Torak, the main character in the series – and those who tried to help him.

A picture of my daughter, Fairlight, was overlayed with a texture layer which was duplicated again and blended with hard light. Both texture layers were reduced to 50% opacity. This was than flattened, converted to black and white, blue toned, then duplicated, a gaussian blur filter added, blended with multiply, an adjustment levels layer played with and then flattened again. Hey presto!


ancient darkness, blends, chronicles, fairlight, james leader, layers, michelle paver, photomanipulation, portrait, soul eaters, spirit walker, squarepeg, textures, tokoroth, torak

I’ve been taking photographs since 1997 and I still love it. After a brief dislike of photomanipulation I now use Photoshop extensively on a majority of my work. People are my favourite subject and I’m always on the look out for new models, so drop me a line if you’re interested! :)

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  • limerick
    limerickover 4 years ago

    Wow James, this is so dark and beautiful. :)

  • Thank you, Limerick. :)

    – SquarePeg

  • red addiction
    red addictionover 4 years ago

    wow, incredible work…..I love what you did to the eyes….Im so freaked out right now. You got me!

  • It is kinda freaky, isn’t it. Thanks, Red. :)

    – SquarePeg

  • CLiPiCs
    CLiPiCsover 4 years ago

    fabulous James

    Love ‘N’ Laughter Kriss

  • Cheers, Kriss mate. :)

    – SquarePeg

  • Marg Thomson Photography
    Marg Thomson P...over 4 years ago

    Great shot James! xoxox

  • Thank you, Marg, my dear. :)))

    – SquarePeg

  • Sue Smith
    Sue Smithover 4 years ago

    Incredible, James.

  • Thanks, Sue. :)

    – SquarePeg

  • Songmistress
    Songmistressover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous work, Baby. Incredible what you did with her eyes!

  • Thank you, Baby.

    – SquarePeg

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