You’ve seen them: the commercials on TV of models who are showing off lipstick or make-up or even jewelry…and of course, even though they are inside, their hair is blowing luxuriously in the wind, right? I mean, that kind of thing happens every day…I’ll be standing inside and my hair will blow mysteriously from some unknown source and I could easily be mistaken for Brad Pitt or George Clooney or Alfred E. Newman. Such is the price I must pay for being so devilishly handsome and having a head full of hair like Fabio (not!).
But, I have to admit, it is attractive on women and it adds a sense of freedom and wildness to the picture or video.
One night this week (yesterday, as a matter of fact) I was able to explore a new photography club/studio here in the Atlanta area. I think it may have been the first group that they’d had in as they’re trying to drum up members and business, so they provided cold drinks (water and Gatorade) and arranged for several models to come into the studio so that those who showed up could photograph them with backdrops and some studio lighting. It was hot inside the building as the air conditioning wasn’t on so there were several fans scattered around the large, open studio space. It wasn’t long before someone (not me!) got the idea of using the fans to blow the hair of the models. It turned out to be a brilliant idea as I’d always thought it would be interesting to shoot photos in that setting.
Today’s photo is just one that I thought turned out nicely. I may share more in the future, but if not, I’ll probably start putting up photos of models that I’ve shot in studio settings at photo clubs/studios. I don’t have the courage to shoot portraits for folks, nor the skill, but I must say that I’ve come to enjoy shooting portraits just for the fun of it.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1754, George Washington, a young lieutenant colonel in the British Army and future president of the United States, led an attack on French forces at Jumonville Glen on this day in 1754. The battle is later credited with being the opening salvo in the French and Indian War (1754 to 1763).
In the biography His Excellency: George Washington, historian Joseph Ellis recounts Washington’s first combat experience. Washington and 40 colonial troops had been encamped near the French garrison at Fort Duquesne when he received an urgent message to rescue Indian allies in the area who were threatened by French forces. In his official report of the encounter, Washington described how his troops, aided by warriors under the Indian leader Tanacharison, surrounded a detachment of 32 French soldiers near the fort on May 28 and, within 15 minutes, killed 10 of them, including the garrison’s commander, wounded one and took another 21 prisoner.
Controversy surrounded the attack both at the time and after the war. Historical accounts indicate that the French commander, Joseph Coulon De Jumonville had actually tried to surrender but was slain by Tanacharison. Tanacharison’s rash act incited the other warriors to kill and scalp nine other French soldiers before Washington could intervene. Ellis describes Washington as shocked and hapless and writes that he later tried to downplay the incident to his commanding officer. The French vilified Washington as the epitome of dishonor. The Jumonville Glen massacre remains a highly debated subject among scholars. In the aftermath of the encounter, Washington resigned his British army commission and returned to his family’s plantation. In 1775, he returned to military service to lead the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: William Hitler, a nephew of Adolf Hitler, was in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He changed his name after the war.