wow! That's an incredible compliment considering the amount of flat out gorgeous women on livejournal.
In fact I told a male friend of mine in search of love to start a lj account because it's filled with so many beautiful and intelligent women (yourself included, without a doubt.)
You look so beautiful, in that second picture especially. In fact, everything in it came out perfectly.
The light source in the background really makes that shot, in a couple of ways. I guess it's a reflection of the camera's flash? But the way it looks is, you're standing there confidently in front of something dazzling and mysterious, which no one else can make out properly. (It has me thinking of Marie Curie with a radium source behind her, although I don't know what Madame looked like, much less whether radium would ever glow like that.) Still more impressive is that even with the light source blinding the camera, your face and expression completely overpower it.
So, did you take these yourself?
What a lovely compliment, thanks so much!
The only photos I've seen of Marie Curie are of her in her later years, even though I have a certain fascination with female scientists.
The light source is indeed the camera's flash and I took the photo myself with the help of a mirror. The last two were taken with natural light from a window which is why they aren't as grainy.
I got curious, and you're right, it's hard to find pics of Marie Curie in her youth. The best I could come up with was this:
Her face isn't a lot like yours, but I'm pleased to see she does have that same look on it.
I wonder if my ideas about Curie and radium have been influenced at some time by Hollywood's version of the story? Greer Garson manages to do a pretty good impersonation of you in this scene. And, apparently, radium does glow in the movies, at least. So nyah, scarfboy! :) Mind you, the Curies did have the world's supply of radium at the time in question.
I love that scene photo, I'm going to save it..
Color photographs of faces have their place, but I personally find black and white photos to be a bit more striking and interesting.
Oh, and glowing radium in Hollywood is good enough for me. ;)