Although much of the northern hemisphere is gearing up for warm spring (or summer!) weather, I know there are still those of you out there shoveling snow and bundling up against the cold. And, after a few weeks of some pretty balmy weather here at LuLu*s, we are experiencing one of April’s many freak rain showers today. That being said, I figured today was a good day to post this editorial from The New York Times’ T Magazine.
 
 
One of the really neat things about this shoot is that both of the locations at which the pictures were taken are two really important Japanese cultural sites:  Tsurunoyu Onsen, one of Japan’s oldest hot springs resorts (dating back to the late 17th century), and Lake Tazawa, Japan’s deepest lake. The combination of bright white snow and the dark buildings and trees creates a real sense of quiet noir, a sort of mysterious backdrop for the elegant, vibrant clothing and geisha-like styling.
 
 
The shot above is one of my absolute favorites in this spread. The soft yellow lighting coming from inside the building adds a hint of melancholy romance when paired with the cloudy sky and cold river.
 
 
Model Anne Watanabe’s expression here is perfect; I love how the bright red umbrella draws you into her face, while the bright snow and sky create a halo of light that show off her Gianfranco Ferré gown and sandals.
 
 
I think this photo here might be my absolute favorite. The hot waters of Tsurunoyu Onsen’s bathing pools are known for their relaxing, healing qualities. In a setting this peaceful, I don’t know how you wouldn’t be instantly calmed. I know I could definitely use a day at some ancient hot springs!
 
Photos by Raymond Meier from Nytimes.com.
 
I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I did! Which one is your fav?