“Our friends at the Public Domain Review need support. You may or may not be able to become a friend, but we can make awesome poster here in DS106. Make a poster from their images asking people to support the project!”
I looked on Public Domain Review’s website and found an article called The Serious and the Smirk: The Smile in Portraiture. (http://publicdomainreview.org/2013/09/18/the-serious-and-the-smirk-the-smile-in-portraiture/). In this article, “Nicholas Jeeves explores the the history of the smile through the ages of portraiture, from Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to Alexander Gardner’s photographs of Abraham Lincoln.” He answers the question most people don’t know the answer to: “Why do we so seldom see people smiling in painted portraits?” We need to promote this article because it helps to inform the public of a gradual historical event that changed the way the majority of the population poses in photos; and best of all, it does this for free! “Today when someone points a camera at us, we smile. This is the cultural and social reflex of our time, and such are our expectations of a picture portrait. But in the long history of portraiture the open smile has been largely, as it were, frowned upon.” Read this intriguing article and learn the history of the smile!
The following photo was taken from The Serious and the Smirk’s article and I used Paint to make it a promotable image. The photo was called The Laughing Violinist of 1624.