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Jan McCartney

Art photographer, Nikonian, Wordpresser, Artistic Googler, Lives in a Velvia world.
November 18, 2014 1 comments 0 shares 12 plus ones
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iColorama update with Coherence filter on probably the first photo I took with my iPhone back in September.

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November 18, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 10 plus ones
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And this splendid musical accompaniment, Zucchero and Pavarotti sing "Va Pensiero" from Nabucco: Va Pensiero - Pavarotti @ Zucchero

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November 17, 2014 0 comments 2 shares 19 plus ones
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"Tierra del Fuego" for +Artistic Google's tour of Argentina, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

At the end of the earth, although there is a lot more going on further south. Although Tierra del Fuego was populated by the Yaghan circa 8,000 BC, it wouldn't have been important to Europeans until Magellan arrived in 1520, citing the fires of the aboriginals visible from the sea where the "Indians" were waiting in the forests to ambush his armada.

Now it's important for petroleum extraction, tourism, manufacturing, and Antarctic logistics.

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

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November 15, 2014 2 comments 0 shares 16 plus ones
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h/t +bojan maraz for this glass and stone piece by Ursula Maren-Fitz.

And a reprise of my waterfall photo taken in Niagara in September.

A life-long fascination with turquoise glass, one of my Rosebuds (from Citizen Kane).

More Maren-Fitz sculptures at http://www.fitzarte.de/objektGlas.htm

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November 15, 2014 2 comments 0 shares 10 plus ones
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Sam Abell's 1985 photograph for National Geographic: Ripening Pears on Moscow Windowsill.

Igor Shpilenok's image of a fox through the window.

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November 14, 2014 2 comments 1 shares 11 plus ones
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The Hang, often referred to as a Hang Drum, is a modern instrument made in Switzerland since the year 2000. All of the instruments are hand crafted by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer in Berne and came about as a result of many years of working with metal in the production of traditional steel pans. After around 12 years their work has now led to the production of a new instrument that is known as the Gubal.

Hang Massive - Once Again - 2011 ( hang drum duo ) ( HD )

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November 14, 2014 0 comments 0 shares 4 plus ones
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Hershey's Rally, Toronto, 2010. 

“An animal control officer looked at her and said she was a pit bull. Then she was taken away from us.”

http://redstarcafe.wordpress.com/2010/08/30/hersheys-rally/

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November 13, 2014 1 comments 0 shares 2 plus ones
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“These inventions often reflect the child’s inner life, his hopes and fears, as well as his symbolic transmutation of the external environment, his home or school, into manageable forms.” I think it's fair to say that these transmutations reflect Mr. (Arthur) Tress's inner life, as well.

His photo book, "The Dream Collector," was published in 1973.

I saw Arthur Tress' work at the Corcoran Gallery in DC which had mounted a comprehensive exhibit his photographs including adult dreams and nightmares. His images from 1956 - 2000 are illustrated in the book "Fantastic Voyage" including images from his series "Dream Collector", "Shadow" and "Theater of the Mind".
"My first serious photographs were taken in Brooklyn in the early 1950s. Escaping after school hours, I would wander with an inexpensive Rolleicord amongst the desolate and deteriorating amusement parks of a phantasmagoric Coney Island...This...marked my earliest detection of the dissonant rupture between supposed photographic truth and the poetic potency hidden within frail factuality."

http://guff.com/artist-recreates-childrens-nightmares-into-photos/19

Artist Recreates Children's Nightmares Into Photos

Arthur Tress - Photographer Arthur Tress has scaring kids down to an art. Literally. #arthur tress, #new york city, #surrealism, #nightmares...

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November 12, 2014 3 comments 3 shares 35 plus ones
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"Surabaya" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

For Artistic Google's tour of Exotic Asia. Rendered in Topaz Impressions Chiaroscuro.

Musical accompaniment (for +Chryssa Kotsanidou) : Ute Lemper "Surabaya Johnny" UTE LEMPER ~ Surabaya Johnny

I feel like I'm MIA here and on Ello as I focus on traditional art media with little to show at this point except for some technical exercises. I am pretty excited, though, that the effort is starting to pay off to reconnect with art that I've wanted to make but didn't have the time and energy to do during my corporate life. And it's liberating to be doing this later in life when I can afford to express myself rather than trying to impress some client or audience. Stay tuned for some painterly stuff eventually, although I am seriously looking forward to a break in the coursework over Christmas to play with digital photography which can render results in 5 minutes that would take days to do with acrylics, water media, pastels or drawings. And it's a super way to explore concepts, composition, colour and meaning.

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/PZC9W

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November 04, 2014 8 comments 1 shares 32 plus ones
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Reflections in the pond at Belfountain Park. The last days of autumn.

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