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The Siesta

03/28/2012



Frederick Arthur Bridgman’s “The Siesta”


The Siesta, by Frederick Arthur Bridgman. A picture of a young lady reclining on a couch, covered in flowing robes, window open in the background, taking a midday nap

A simply magnificent painting of a young lady's siesta


Biography of the Artist

Born in the southern United States in 1847, Frederick Arthur Bridgman spent most of his professional career in Europe and nothern Africa, which he loved. During his many trips to Africa he gathered all sorts of trinkets: masks, staves, robes, and other accouterments. He used these in many of his paintings, and his Parisian studio was so full of the stuff that some joked that it was on a must-see list for tourists.

Although he was admired on the continent, he was loved back home, and his tours were a great success. He remains popular to this today. Recent paintings have sold in the 300-500K range.

Story of how The Siesta was made

Couldn’t find anything for this — would love to come back and fill in this area. If you know the story, please let us know!

Other works by Bridgman (“The Siesta” painter)

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Danna Thomas

03/15/2012

(Top two photographs are by Paige Stevens Photography)

A publicity photo of Danna Thomas, Miss Virginia Dogwood 2010

Danna Thomas has a natural talent for the Public Relations shot.


Finding the Danna Thomas Portrait

A year or two ago I was surfing the internet looking for pictures of pretty girls to use for stock shots on information domains. (Research shows consumers of digital content are happier and have a better experience with images of attractive but non-threatening females — this holds true for males and females alike.) As it turns out, finding a good, public-domain image of a cute girl is not an exactly easy thing to do — which is one of the reasons I started this site.

Along the way, I must have browsed several hundred images from beauty pageants. Ms. Thomas’s portrait stood out from the crowd, so I dowloaded it along with a few others. I believe she has made the pageant rounds, eventually winning the title of Miss Virginia Dogwood in 2010. Not sure of what other titles she may have won.

I never used the image, however, and now that I have this site it seems like a great place to put it to good use.

Another portrait of Danna Thomas

These kinds of shots are a dime-a-dozen on the net. Very difficult to stand out in the crowd.


Gathering a few more more images of Danna Thomas

Before I posted today I spent a few minutes locating some other Danna Thomas shots. I don’t think the others are as good, but tastes vary.

A picture from Thomas' UVA days showing her holding a saxophone

Here's more of a candid (though staged) shot from Thomas's time at UVA


Danna Thomas Today

As far as I know, Ms. Thomas has graduated college and is busy getting on with a “real” life. Best of luck to her for the future. I think she could have a career in public relations if she wanted it. Godspeed, Danna Thomas!

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Afghan Girl

03/6/2012
Beautiful portrait of a young Afghan girl Sharbat Gula by photographer Steve McCurry for National Geographic magazine

Afghan girl Sharbat Gula in a beautiful portrait by photographer Steve McCurry

Beautiful portrait of an Afghan girl

This 1984 picture has been declared the “most recognized photograph” ever for Nat Geo, and has inspired many other award-winning shots.

From Wikipedia:

At the Nasir Bagh refugee camp in 1984, Gula’s photograph was taken by National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry on Kodachrome color slide film, with a Nikon FM2 camera and Nikkor 105mm F2.5 lens.[5] The pre-print photo retouching was done by Graphic Art Service, based in Marietta, Georgia. Gula was one of the students in an informal school within the refugee camp; McCurry seized a rare opportunity to photograph Afghan women and captured her image.
Although her name was not known, her picture, titled “Afghan Girl”, appeared on the June 1985 cover of National Geographic. The image of her face, with a red scarf draped loosely over her head and with her piercing sea-green eyes staring directly into the camera, became a symbol both of the 1980s Afghan conflict and of the refugee situation worldwide.

Afghan girl represents the first in our portrait series

Hopefully many more will follow!

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