Oteri's Pics

From photographs of mischievous kittens to Hollywood film stills, here are our Marketing Manager's favorites from the archive​​

 

 

What is your role at Bridgeman?

I am the Marketing Manager at Bridgeman Images.  Working in the London office, I oversee all marketing activities and PR for the UK and International department across all Bridgeman brands.  There’s great variety in my role and always scope to experiment and put forward your own ideas.  We work across multiple online and offline marketing channels from email to events.  The average day sees the team writing witty and insightful blog content, sharing relevant art news across social media and engaging clients with useful upcoming anniversaries via email.

 

What do you love most about the job?

The variety.  With such a vast archive, marketing communications are incredibly diverse.  It means I get to spend time researching historical facts to tie in with content, keep up with the news so Bridgeman remains current and attend tradeshows for insight into upcoming trends. There’s always room for creativity at Bridgeman.

 
What misconceptions do clients most commonly have about the archive?

The common misconception seems to be the variety of what’s in the archive.  Bridgeman is so much more than just classical art content. The archive contains a wealth of historical footage and photography from around the world, as well as some great work from contemporary and up-and-coming artists.

 

Oteri Otobor, Marketing Manager

 

 

Kitties Series: Tangled in Yarn, c.1914 (silver print), Harry Whittier Frees (1879-1953) / Photo © GraphicaArtis

 

Kitties Series: Tangled in Yarn​

Being called a crazy cat lady doesn’t faze me; I just adore cats.  So when I stumbled across these photographs of cats imitating humans during my first week at Bridgeman, I could barely contain my excitement.  I struggled to choose just one from this collection, but I don’t think selecting five cat images really does the archive justice! In the end I chose this one because whilst they are dressed up, I love how they still very much looked like typically mischievous kittens.

Dariya Hlazatova

There is something magical about Dariya Hlazatova’s drawings.  When I came across her works in the archive, I was mesmerised.  I chose this drawing in particular as it feels almost cinematic in its grandness. It evokes the imagination, you can picture the movement of the goddess-like head with her hair blending into the waves.  It feels mythological.  Whilst some of her works contain colour, I think the lack of colour in this drawing makes it even more captivating. 
Dariya Hlazatova / Private Collection

 

 

Reservoir Dogs,1992 directed by Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi and Harvey Keitel (photo) / Photo © DILTZ

 

 

Reservoir Dogs film still

As an avid film buff, I’ve enjoyed exploring Bridgeman’s collection of film stills in the archive.  There are thousands of film stills capturing iconic moments in cinema.  This moment in one of my favourite Tarantino films, Reservoir Dogs, perfectly depicts this point in the film, where heist team no longer trusts one another as they try to work out who is the ‘rat’.

Frida Kahlo

I admire Frida Kahlo and how she expresses herself through her paintings – her love, her pain. Her works often feel deeply personal, but I find this piece particularly touching.  All the small elements in What the Water Gave Me create a very honest depiction of her life, warts and all. 

What I Saw in the Water or What the Water Gave Me, 1938 (oil on canvas), Frida Kahlo (1907-54) / Christie's Images / Photo © Christie's Images

 

Umbrellas, Greece,1995 (acrylic on paper), Lincoln Seligman / Private Collection

 

Umbrellas, Greece by Lincoln Seligman

I love this painting, I feel instantly relaxed when I see it.  It's soothing for the mind and soul.  The white sandy beach and clear blue skies are dreamlike – I wouldn't mind being deserted on this beach for while.  

Clip: Selma to Montgomery March of 21st March, 1965

This clip shows the third, successful march from Selma to Montgomery.  Watching this peaceful march with thousands of people fighting for their civil rights is an inspiring moment in American history.  Watching this clip now, given the current political landscape in the US (and Western world generally), acts as an important reminder of the beauty of peaceful protest.  Food for thought.

Selma to Montgomery March of 21st March, 1965.

 

 


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