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Jan McCartney

Art photographer, Nikonian, Wordpresser, Artistic Googler, Lives in a Velvia world.
June 05, 2015 0 comments 0 shares 9 plus ones
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As a member of the team at +Artistic Google, I've been digitally tarting up Street View captures since 2012 and have well over 500 images at time of writing this. It's travel on the cheap.

The Collections cover is from Yukon Territory, reminding me of my own road trip up the west coast of British Columbia to Alaska many years ago. And it's a remembrance of a past self that took that trip.

The musical inspiration for this image is "Miss You" by Anders Trentemøller: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DUCKGyojpE

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June 01, 2015 1 comments 2 shares 13 plus ones
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"All the pretty little horses" for +Artistic Google's tour "Exploring Africa", curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

From the beach at Morondava, Madagascar. Run through NIK Color Efex.

Original GSV at https://goo.gl/maps/mroAP

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May 30, 2015 0 comments 2 shares 17 plus ones
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For my book lover friends, if you haven't picked up Shaun Tan's incredibly creative illustrated books, check them out.

Here is his latest:

In 2012, shortly after the release of Philip Pullman’s retelling of the Grimm classics, which was published unillustrated in the UK and the US, a publisher approached Tan about creating a cover and possibly some internal artwork for a German edition of Pullman’s fifty tales.

Going beyond illustration, Tan revisits his long-lost love for clay, papier mache, and soapstone was reawakened and magically fused with his longtime interest in Inuit and Aztec folk art.

http://www.brainpickings.org/2015/05/25/shaun-tan-philip-pullman-brothers-grimm/

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May 07, 2015 1 comments 1 shares 8 plus ones
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"Worker and Kolkhoz Woman" for +Artistic Google's tour of Russia, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

"The ideal and symbol of the Soviet epoch", this dynamic sculpture group of two figures with a sickle and a hammer raised over their heads was made from stainless steel by Vera Mukhina for the 1937 World's Fair in Paris and subsequently moved to Moscow. The sculpture is an example of the socialist realistic style, as well as Art Deco style.

Original GSV at https://goo.gl/IlxAo4

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May 07, 2015 0 comments 2 shares 11 plus ones
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"In the catacombs" for +Artistic Google's tour of Russia, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Guy in a hoodie texting near Troitskaya Tower, Moscow.

Original GSV at https://goo.gl/W2yQyZ

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May 03, 2015 0 comments 0 shares 15 plus ones
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Cherry blossom season is expected to peak in High Park next weekend. And in my back yard.

A time of change, transience and rebirth.

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May 02, 2015 2 comments 15 shares 20 plus ones
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May 02, 2015 0 comments 1 shares 6 plus ones
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The earliest photographers were like magicians, who caught images of the material world on blank surfaces without pencil or paint.

Now, anyone can snap pictures with a cellphone, and add them instantly to a stockpile of online imagery more likely to exhaust than astonish. Even Photoshop’s tricks have ceased to amaze.

Some artists have responded by bringing materiality and wonder back into photography. They have returned to messy and sometimes erratic forms of photo-chemistry, reviving old methods or inventing new ones. Their works often don’t look like photography as we know it, and don’t intend to. Like old-time illusionists, these artists challenge us to figure out how the magic was done.

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival runs at dozens of venues in and around Toronto from May 1 to May 31.

http://goo.gl/PhpCDN

Artists revive old methods and invent new ones to bring wonder back into photography

Artists are using messy and sometimes erratic forms of photo-chemistry

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April 17, 2015 0 comments 3 shares 6 plus ones
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"Altes Museum, Berlin" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Following +Heinrich Damm into the Altes Museum in Berlin, here is a splendid doorway to the Roman/Etruscan exhibit. This is part of +Artistic Google's tour of New York City/Berlin inspired by Leonard Cohen.

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/s7ihj

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April 07, 2015 5 comments 0 shares 5 plus ones
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Belgian/German alt-rock/grunge band Pandora's Bliss just released their third album, "Amarchord", on CD and vinyl. Now they're off to tour Europe.

Cover art by me :o)

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