Registered: July 2004
I became very curious about this photograph and found many references to it on the internet. On site titled it the "Wisham Bride". Here is a brief discription fo Edward Curtiss the photographer.
"Although unknown for many years, Edward S. Curtis is today one of the most well-recognized and celebrated photographers of Native people. Born near White Water, Wisconsin, on February 16, 1868, he became interested in the emerging art of photography when he was quite young, building his first camera when he was still an adolescent. In Seattle, where his family moved in 1887, he acquired part interest in a portrait photography studio and soon became sole owner of the successful business, renaming it Edward S. Curtis Photographer and Photoengraver."
In the mid 1890s, Curtis began photographing local Puget Sound Native Americans digging for clams and mussels on the tide flats. One of his earliest models was Princess Angeline, the aged daughter of Sealth, the Suquamish chief after whom Seattle was named. Later, as an official photographer of the 1899 Harriman Expedition, Curtis documented the geological features of the Alaskan wilderness as well as its indigenous population. This was a pivotal experience for Curtis and greatly increased his interest in Native cultures. He visited tribal communities in Montana and Arizona and began in earnest to photograph many other Native Americans in the West, spending more time in the field and less time in his studio. Description courtesy of the Library of Congress.
I used many layers for this handpainting. I wanted to try and create the skin tone of a Native American. There are 4 layers for the skin. I also used two blending modes. The buckskin dress is a multiply mode and most of the other elements are color mode. I wanted to change the background and used a blue new layer and used a lens blur. This was a very challanging project but well worth the effort. Although I am not completely satisfied. I have learned a great deal from reading the approach others took.