La Gulde Declassified


La Gulde, Declassified
20 h by 15 inches w
Digital Painting
Based on a photo from the “Hanford Historical Photo Declassification Project”.
© copyright Jk

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The Bearded Lady and The Ape-Man, in the days before television reigned supreme, when quality fare walked abroad.

The digital painting is based on a photo from the Hanford Declassified archive titled “circus performers” which is from WWII.

There are a couple of other photos in the archive which may help identify the circus.

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Artist and Model, Declassified

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”
– Aristotle

Artist and Model, Declassified
Artist and Model, Declassified
2006
20 w by 16 in h
Digital Painting
Based on a photo from the “Hanford Historical Photo Declassification Project”.
© copyright Jkearns

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Down in what appears to be some sort of basement, art was pursued at the Hanford Project, and examples are to be found in the Hanford Declassified archives.

Painting the inward significance of things can be dangerous, which is why you put the artist class in a basement room that has holes in the ceiling. Except that what we see below doesn’t appear to be radical.

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Babes in Plutonium Land – Making Hanford sexy

When you’re the third largest boom-war-time population center in Washington state, isolated in the desert, you’d better supply the workers some Xmas fun

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Babes in Plutonium Land – The Esquire Girls Perform at Hanford, Declassified
2005
14 w by 10 in h
Digital Painting
Based on a photo from the “Hanford Historical Photo Declassification Project”
© copyright Jk

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It’s fun painting transparent veils. The topless woman is standing on hers which led me to wonder how common it was for her to trip on it and how many she ripped a hole in each week.

Despite the transparent veils and ostrich feathers, this image will probably not do very much to help make Hanford a fun and sexy subject, but we can try.

When I realized, several week ago, that there were no references to Nagasaki in the Hanford Historical Photo Declassification Project, for some reason I then wondered if breasts existed in the archive. Because when I realized that there were no references to Nagasaki, and I thought about all that film, and the bathing suit beauties and beauty queens photographed over the years, well I wondered if there were breasts somewhere in those mountains of film, and I wondered if the government would or would not see them as something to declassify and put up with the rest of the images that provide a govt approved portrait of the time and place and people. If I couldn’t find any references to Nagasaki in the archive, were there breasts? Wouldn’t everyone’s brain present them the same question?

Finally, under a search query of just plain “girls” there popped up the images of The Esquire Girls. We know they were not the kind of girls your mom wanted you to grow up to be because Cypress Gardens, during the 40’s, was a popular spot for crowning beauty queens, and we find on the web this quote on those beauty queens crowned at Cypress Gardens and how they were good girls, not like the Esquire Girls.

These are not Esquire Girls, but wholesome, young ladies from the area and across the country,” explained Dick Pope, the founder, who used the utmost respect when shooting or mailing out photographs of these lovely ladies.

Who says this isn’t wholesome?

Hollywood Esquire Girls Christmas Show, 1944
DDRS Record Details for Record Accession Number
“N1D0005150”
Accession Number N1D0005150
Document Number D-7813-NEG
Alternate Document Number D-7813-NEG
Title Description ESQUIRE GIRL – CAMP HANFORD
Number of Pages 1
Key Word(s)
Author(s)
Company(s)
Document Date 15-Dec-1944
Public Availability Date 14-Feb-2002

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Prize for Christmas Decorations, Declassified

Everybody has won and all must have prizes

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Prize for Christmas Decorations, Declassified
2005
20 w by 16 in h
Digital Painting
Based on a photo from the “Hanford Historical Photo Declassification Project”.
© copyright Jk

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I know those houses. I grew up in houses just like that, playing on lawns just like that. My Christmases looked just like that–well, except for the decorations. We didn’t decorate. But others did, and I see the star on the pole and my heart goes pitter-patter because I know those decorations.

Working on this picture took a couple of weeks off and on and while I worked I was reminded me of what the terrain was like in Richland during the winter, the desert and the rough yards on the desert border. I was reminded me of the earth and dead desert foliage and grass, up close in the way a child is up close to it, playing on the ground, recollected the way it was cold, and the cold light of the shortened day in which all colors washed together.

1954 CHRISTMAS DECORATION CONTEST,MR AND MRS HC LEE,MR AND MRS RE FIELD
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DDRS Record Details for Record Accession Number
“N1D0043600”
Accession Number N1D0043600
Document Number 12597-1-NEG-C
Alternate Document Number 12597-1-NEG
Title Description WINNERS OF CHRISTMAS DECORATION CONTEST – MR. AND MRS. H.C. LEE, MR. AND MRS. R.E. FIELD
Number of Pages 1
Key Word(s) CHRISTMAS DECORATION CONTEST,MR AND MRS HC LEE,MR AND MRS RE FIELD
Author(s)
Company(s)
Document Date 20-Dec-1954
Public Availability Date 14-Feb-2002

There are a number of photos for prizes awarded to be found in the Hanford Declassified database. Dance prizes. Prizes for suggestions for work improvements at Hanford. Prizes at the Atomic Frontier Days celebrations. Prizes awarded at the parks for children in doll and other competitions.
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Young Actress with Roses (digital painting)


Young Actress with Roses
14 by 28 inches
digital painting 2005

Our power went off last night. Off and on. Off and on. Off and on. We were all just getting to sleep and I heard this wild distant sound and the power went off. Then the power came back on. Then there was again this weird distant sound and the power went off and that was that, off and on, all night long. As this happened, I lay there and half asleep I had one of those half-asleep thoughts where is this what the universe sounds like, shutting down for you, when you die. Zonk, bop, and off it goes. All kinds of whacky unbidden thoughts lately. Yesterday Marty got up and said he had found himself, upon waking, meditating on what a space alien would think of Christmas if it walked into a Christmas party, not knowing anything about Christmas, a stream of thought that prompted him finally to think, “Get out of my brain!” and cut off the proceedings because it was a ridiculously meticulous meditation. About the same time I had found myself thinking, “Whatever in the world brings the thought of Dorothy Stratten to my brain?” Because there she was suddenly, a woefully 1980’s blonde Galaxina sitting on her space ship robot’s throne. I never think about Dorothy Stratten and had no reason to be thinking about her. I’ve seen Galaxina a couple of times and thought it was a fun film but the last time I watched it would have been at least ten years ago.

Not that strange unbidden thoughts don’t happen every few minutes but yesterday our brains were apparently more confused than usual by them.

So the power goes off and Marty cut off this and that around the apartment and we still got up this morning to a burned out aquarium pump, and it was no cheap pump. Damn! And then the new LCD monitor, the one that took me forever to calibrate, which I’m still questioning whether it will work for me, wouldn’t come on. Said it was in power save mode and for me please to move my mouse and I did but still it wouldn’t come on so I rebooted and it came on finally. The video card is messed up because the monitor now looks like hell. The new machine, back last night from being tweeked, sits in the corner and maybe today we will or I will be able to finish transfering everything over and get it set up. It may have to be today as the last time two times the power died (it dies frequently here) it took 30 to 40 minutes to get H.o.p.’s computer back on. We have a battery back-up/surge protector on mine. We should get one for H.o.p. too.

Our mail around here sucketh. Relatives mailed cards to H.o.p. at the time of his birthday, December 2nd, and they didn’t get here until yesterday. Nearly two weeks. And that included a card mailed for him in town on December 2nd. A lot of mail we’ve been waiting on for a couple of weeks didn’t get here until yesterday. But some cute cards for H.o.p., celebratory. He had great fun opening them.

We are still figuring out Christmas here. UPS knocked on the window yesterday and apologized for waking me up though I wasn’t asleep. All my life people apologize for waking me up, in sight and on the phone. I must look and sound perpetually sleepy at first auditory and visual glance and it has been extremely annoying, for decades, to have everyone say they’re sorry for waking me up, including my mother-in-law who can say that even if I’ve just stepped out of the car. In the box was a popcorn maker from a relative. I never think of Christmas until the last minute but that and the cards had me looking around Amazon, anywhere, this AM, trying to figure out Christmas gifts. H.o.p. was all excited about the popcorn maker, never having seen one, a microwave popcorn boy. It’s an on top of the stove type. He puzzled over it for the rest of the afternoon. He made dinosaurs out of the styro-popcorn-pellets. “Math, math!” I kept saying now that he’s getting over his cold. “Math! Math!” I said. He replied, “How did the world get here?” and I wanted to hit him over the head as I’ve told him that story a dozen times, what anyone believes they know about it, and he’s seen film on it numerous times at Fernbank. (Which reminds me, there’s a film on the Nile at Fernbanik’s IMAX I promised him we’d see.) I wasn’t up for talking about the beginnings of the world yesterday for some reason. Just wasn’t in me.

He’s still coughing. I’m dribbling kleenex again. Marty said he felt awful yesterday.

As for the header, it is a portrait of my young actress niece. I call that some sense of presence to be eleven and pull off that expression and pose. When I was photographing her for the portrait when she received the roses, she was herself but when she was back on stage during the strike and saw me taking shots she went into the pose. (And, Bibi, if you’re reading this, isn’t she gorgeous?)

That’s what I’ve been working on since Sunday. Hell was painting in every single one of those flocked things on the dress. But this portrait needed all those little flocked dots. For one thing it needed to be a record of her and her roses and the dress her mother made for her for the play. Also, just too stark without the flockings. Needed some activity. Spent hours on a background that you can hardly see, just painting and repainting and paint over, layer on layer on layer, to get some good depth to it. Simple black wouldn’t do. Not with that light-colored dress and shawl. Simple black background and she became all black eyes and nothing else. May have worked with just a facial portrait but not this.

To me she looks remarkably like this portrait Antonello da Messina did, a Sicilian painter, renaissance years. It’s always funny what stares out at you from the canvas. With my niece it was her father and then the man in the Messina portrait, the same mouth. And the shape of the eyes.

You say, “Why didn’t you take the roses out of the cellophane in the painting?”

Because I like the way the wrappings push the eye up to her face.

I am still not happy with the calibration on this monitor. Today I realize it is a tad contrasty. Seems to be. This is going to drive me nuts. Am right now running VGA and will switch over to DVI cord on the new machine and it was looking contrasty on that as well. Can’t afford one of those expensive calibration meters.

And of course most people don’t even have their monitors calibrated so what they’re seeing on the screen begs the trash can.

Can’t right now check my calibration against a print as my printer is cheap and for some reason now had begun printing all reds and nothing but. But my former monitor was spot on, I know that, though at the end it was getting just a touch darker.

Driving me nuts, I say. Nuts. Bang my head against the wall despairing nuts.

Where the Old West Meets the New, Declassified

And the welcoming committee was Plastic Man

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Where the old west greets the new, declassified
2005
25 w by 19 in h inches
Digital Painting
Based on a photo from the “Hanford Historical Photo Declassification Project”.
© copyright Jk

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“C’mon, kids! Wave at Reactor Man!”

Actually, he was known as Plastic Man.

Atomic Frontier Days, GE Float, 1954
DDRS Record Details for Record Accession Number
“N1D0003098”
Accession Number N1D0003098
Document Number 9010-NEG-G
Alternate Document Number 9010-NEG
Title Description ATOMIC FRONTIER DAYS PARADE
Number of Pages 1
Key Word(s)
Author(s)
Company(s)
Document Date 07-Aug-1954
Public Availability Date 14-Feb-2002

Yes, we have here a proud General Electric entrant in a Richland Atomic Frontier Days Parade. Which may be a shocker to non-Richlandites, that Richland had Atomic Frontier Day celebrations in the summer, that there would be a float congratulating the start up of the first reactor and that Plastic Man meets Rawhide was great entertainment.

Not that it isn’t.

You have to admit that Plastic Man could be pretty endearing. He looked like a cross between a wind-up doll, a mime, a robot, and Wonder Bread wrapping.

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Modeling Fall Fashions at Richland, Declassified

What the fashion conscious woman wore down at the plutonium plant

Modeling Fall Fashions at Richland, Declassified
Modeling Fall Fashions at Richland, Declassified
2005
20 h by 11 inches w
Digital Painting
Based on a photo from the “Hanford Historical Photo Declassification Project”.
© copyright Jk

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The plutonium for the bomb dropped on Nagasaki was manufactured at Hanford, which is now a toxic wasteland. The nearby town of Richland was hurriedly constructed during WWII for the express purpose of the secret manufacture of plutonium. And with people came, of course, business. Like stores that sold clothing. Which was what you call colonization. That may sound like an old word, colonization, but that’s what they did. They colonized the desert.

Except that there had been people living there before who were sent packing so the new plutonium Richland could be born. And except for the Indians.

MASTER PLAN FOR SITE, CITY (UPTOWN SHOPPING AND CIVIC CENTER) - MAPS
DDRS Record Details for Record Accession Number
“N1D0056354”
Accession Number N1D0056354
Document Number 645-50-NEG-E
Alternate Document Number 645-50-NEG
Title Description MASTER PLAN FOR SITE, CITY (UPTOWN SHOPPING AND CIVIC CENTER) – MAPS
Number of Pages 1
Key Word(s) CITY OF RICHLAND,HANFORD SITE,MAPS
Author(s)
Company(s)
Document Date 05-Feb-2002
Public Availability Date 14-Jun-2002

MASTER PLAN FOR SITE, CITY (UPTOWN SHOPPING AND CIVIC CENTER) - MAPS
DDRS Record Details for Record Accession Number
“N1D0056350”
Accession Number N1D0056350
Document Number 645-50-NEG-A
Alternate Document Number 645-50-NEG
Title Description MASTER PLAN FOR SITE, CITY (UPTOWN SHOPPING AND CIVIC CENTER) – MAPS
Number of Pages 1
Key Word(s) CITY OF RICHLAND,HANFORD SITE,MAPS
Author(s)
Company(s)
Document Date 05-Feb-2002
Public Availability Date 14-Jun-2002

They wiped the slate clean and started brand new.

The plutonium manufactured at Richland gave the people at Nagasaki the opportunity to do the same.

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Mr. A + 4S + U = ?

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Mr. A + 4S + U = ?
2005
18 by 11 inches
Digital Painting by Juli Kearns, Copyright © 2005 Juli Kearns
Based on a photo from the “Hanford Historical Photo Declassification Project”.

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Uniform with gun + smiling woman in seeming evening attire + Manhattan Project = ?

If you know the meaning of the symbols in the poster, please comment.

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Dancers on the Hanford Theater Stage Declassified

Shall we dance? Shall we dance? Shall we Dance?

Dancers on the Hanford Theater Stage Declassified
Dancers on the Hanford Theater Stage Declassified
2005
16.5 h by 30 w inches
Digital Painting by Juli Kearns, Copyright © 2005 Juli Kearns

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When I first began looking through the Hanford Declassified Project, no search results appearing for Nagasaki or Hiroshima, I then looked for photos of people dancing. Why? I don’t recollect. Maybe because my husband is a musician and thus music is center in my life and always has been, for my mother was a pianist and I studied violin as a child and teenager. To look for photos related to music and dancing seemed a natural thing to do as music is an important part of the lives of most individuals and I thought it possible there would be music-related photos

There were a number of music-related photos. Some were of individuals, in costume, performing folk dances in what must have been clubs created for that purpose. There were pictures of people presumably performing the polka, and I remembered that as a child a neighboring friend had a costume made for her polka folk dance performance, complete with Dutch apron and cap, so folk dancing as a hobby in Richland was still going strong in the 60s.

They enjoyed international folk dances.

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