A photograph showing a gothic witch has been selected by voters as the winner of an online photo competition by the Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester, to find the Manchester Mona Lisa. Carol Hodge from Chorlton attracted voters with a photo by Vicky Johnson-Brown, of her posed in a witchy top hat, white face and kohl-rimmed eyes against a firey background.
Carol was one of 20 shortlisted entries for the photo competition, which was run by MOSI as part of the current Da Vinci – The Genius exhibition, and aimed to attract anyone who has the qualities (not necessarily the features) of Leonardo da Vinci’s classic painting. Entrants could be women, men or even pets! The candidate simply had to have to have an air of mystery, calm and an enigmatic smile.
Carol Hodge said: “I'm really pleased to have been chosen, and want to say thank you to all the people who took the time to vote for me. I'm particularly pleased with the portrait, which is in no small part due to the photographer, Vicky Johnson-Brown. We took the photo during a gothic fashion shoot, for Vicky's show at University. I think there is definitely something slightly ethereal and timeless about the photo."
Da Vinci – The Genius runs until 12 September 2010 at MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry), Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester. Ticket prices are £7.50 for adults, £5 for concessions or £20 for a family ticket two adults, two children). Tickets are available at the MOSI Box Office or http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/, call 0844 847 2261 (24 hours). For more information look up http://www.mosi.org.uk/ or http://www.davincithegenius.com/