I had been meaning to get back to this series that I took in late June at an event leading up to the anniversary of the Battle Of Gettysburg.
A world class collection of historic death and life masks…
Aaron Burr was one of the most talented men of our Founding Father’s generation. Unfortunately he had a run in with Alexander Hamilton and since has been a villain of sorts. It is interesting how one misstep can change your legacy in history.
This photo like yesterday’s is a artist rendition of the mask casting. I used a lot of contrast and simulated bleach bypass effect. I will in the future post an archival image of the mask.
I am spending a good part of this week with the faces of dead people…
Before there was photography and even after, the only way to actually record in three dimensions what a person looked like was to make a death or life mask – paintings and drawings, while often very accurate, always have a bit of the artists interpretation attached in only two dimensions.
Last night was the opening program and orientation for Common Ground On The Hill, at McDaniel College, in Westminster, Maryland. Common Ground is a mixture of courses in the arts, talks, performances, and artist exhibits that strives to bring together people from diverse backgrounds by finding commonality in the arts. It is fun!
I am going to continue to play with the photos I took yesterday of the Civil War reenactors. This one I vignetted the edges and added a sepia tone, it is sort of a vintage look while maintaining good contrast and crisp detail.
I stopped at The Union Mills Homestead in Maryland this morning for a wonderful pancake breakfast which included photographing a number of Civil War reenactors. This event is part of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.
I am working on a project involving historic death masks and took photographs of a number of them last week. I am not very happy with the results and have to refine my technique. I will be returning to do a series of these photographs in a couple of weeks. But for now, here is a photo of Lord Palmerston – British Prime Minister.
Unfortunately I have been lax due to other commitments in keeping up the the 365 -366 Project. I will however try to get back into the routine. My first photo belatedly posted in the New Year is of Wild Bill…
I intend to post more of Steve Tate. I met him this morning on a shrimp boat in Brunswick, GA. We visited as he and the crew worked at getting ready to go shrimping. I think Steve is a very good poet, who has a gift for delivering his thoughtful verses and entertained me with several original works.