Thanks to the Bahamian Project, Sir Arthur Foulkes and his wife, Lady Joan, have a picture perfect memory of their time at Government House.
Earlier this month the Governor General was presented with a beautiful large photographic portrait of himself and Lady Joan in the main greeting room at the stately mansion.
The photograph was a gift presented by Duke and Lisa Wells on behalf of The Bahamian Project. The portrait was the main image of the centerpiece display at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) during the Project’s inaugural exhibition last year. The 60 fine-art portraits, titled “The Bahamian Collection”, was unveiled under the patronage of Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Foulkes, as part of The Bahamas’ 40th Independence celebrations last year.
In addition to the large portrait Duke and Lisa Wells also presented a few less formal photos of Sir Arthur and his wife.
“We shall treasure these photos,” said the Governor General.
The Bahamian Collection exhibit is just one part of the three-year photography initiative known as The Bahamian Project.
The historic and culturally significant project was created by photographer Duke Wells to document the character and preserve the legacy of the people who make up the soul and spirit of The Bahamas. It was launched in 2012, in collaboration with the NAGB and Popopstudios, with the goal of creating a permanent collection of photographs that will provide recognition, foster cultural awareness and create a record of the people who make The Bahamas so unique.
Now in its second year, the Bahamian Project has expanded to include several other local photographers as part of the official photography team, allowing a greater number of portraits for the project’s final exhibition scheduled for 2015.