…Painted Faces

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Have you ever really thought about painted faces?  I mean, we all know that kids love to get their faces painted at circuses or other events.  Somehow, having a painted face transports them into an alternate reality: into butterflies, bunnies, elves or mermaids.  And, boy, don’t they know that they’re cute when their faces are painted?!?!

I shot today’s picture some time ago now when I went to take a photography class at a photography studio where they were teaching how to work with different kinds of light set-ups.  I don’t have that kind of equipment myself (I almost always just shoot with natural light) so it was a lot of fun for me to get to shoot with light boxes and various lighting angles and sources.  I was able to borrow a PocketWizard from the studio that would automatically trigger the lighting systems…what fun!

Anyway, they brought in different models that we could photograph in the different light settings and the one in today’s picture had some face painting.  I thought her eyes in conjunction with the face painting was cool, so I took this close up with her permission.

Have you thought about why women “paint” their faces with make-up, eye shadow, eye liner, lipstick and the like?  Do you think it could be a carry-over from the days when we were kids?  Nah, me neither…

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1918 In the skies over Vauz sur Somme, France, Manfred von Richthofen, the notorious German flying ace known as “The Red Baron,” was killed by Allied fire.

Richthofen, the son of a Prussian nobleman, switched from the German army to the Imperial Air Service in 1915. By 1916, he was terrorizing the skies over the western front in an Albatross biplane, downing 15 enemy planes by the end of the year, including one piloted by British flying ace Major Lanoe Hawker. In 1917, Richthofen surpassed all flying ace records on both sides of the western front and began using a Fokker triplane, painted entirely red in tribute to his old cavalry regiment. Although only used during the last eight months of his career, it is this aircraft that Richthofen was most commonly associated with and it led to an enduring English nickname for the German pilot–the Red Baron.

On April 21, 1918, with 80 victories under his belt, Richthofen penetrated deep into Allied territory in pursuit of a British aircraft. The Red Baron was flying too near the ground–an Australian gunner shot him through his chest, and his plane crashed into a field alongside the road from Corbie to Bray. Another account has Captain A. Roy Brown, a Canadian in the Royal Air Force, shooting him down. British troops recovered his body, and he was buried with full military honors. He was 25 years old. In a time of wooden and fabric aircraft, when 20 air victories ensured a pilot legendary status, Manfred von Richthofen downed 80 enemy aircraft.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: The Chinese were using the decimal system as early as the fourteenth century B.C., nearly 2,300 years before the first known use of the system in European mathematics. The Chinese were also the first to use a place for zero.

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2 thoughts on “…Painted Faces”

    1. Yeah, I didn’t know he’d died at such a young age, nor how he’d met his fate. But I sure remember the song about Snoopy and the Red Baron!

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