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Jan McCartney

Art photographer, Nikonian, Wordpresser, Artistic Googler, Lives in a Velvia world.
March 23, 2015 0 comments 0 shares 1 plus ones
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Although this is not how I would render it, the image makes me remember Francis Cabrel's "Repondez-Moi" (here, originally recorded in 1981):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqZpmkg3iO0

But the last of the fairies seeks her magic wand
My friend, the stream sleeps in a plastic bottle
The seasons have stopped at the feet of synthetic trees
There’s no one but me

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BlLX03OJRU

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March 10, 2015 1 comments 2 shares 11 plus ones
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"Petermann Island" for +Artistic Google's March Break theme, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Inspired by +Chryssa Kotsanidou who is checking out Svalbard, I headed the other way to Petermann Island, Antarctica. After the coldest February on record and meters of snow all up the East Coast, I am sure there are, nevertheless, photographers who want to pack up their gear and shoot (in the nicest way) penguins. With a wink at those photographers, I inserted a little HDR processing in this at the outset, but then I went painterly, thinking of those scratchboards we played with as kids. This rough treatment, thanks to Topaz Impression, reminds me just a bit of Anselm Kiefer's paintings. You may have to look at the original to make out the photographer with his big lens and the wee penguins.

http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/kiefer/

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/TxBK8 because we ArtyGooglers don't actually GO there or PAY MONEY to do that.

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March 06, 2015 0 comments 1 shares 10 plus ones
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Doing some research for a textured acrylic painting, I came across the Toronto Stencil Archive - Martin Reis' fun album on Flickr. He has been documenting wall art since 1999.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/martinreis/sets/72157594416120413/

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March 03, 2015 2 comments 5 shares 14 plus ones
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"At the Capitoline Museum" for +Artistic Google curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Tarted in Topaz Impression DaVinci, Nik Color Efex and Viveza.

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/1xMVo

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February 08, 2015 1 comments 1 shares 17 plus ones
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"Take me to the river"  for +Artistic Google's tour of rivers of the world, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Went looking for Varanasi on Google Street View, but came across this. Bangladesh is starting to get good GSV coverage. This is the River Milik in Dhaka. Looks like a destination for these rickshaws...

Musical accompaniment by Talking Heads: "Take me to the river" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anjT71N4PGM

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/n5goP

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February 07, 2015 2 comments 4 shares 14 plus ones
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"Miss You" for +Artistic Google's tour of rivers, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

Listening to Anders Trentemøller's "Miss You" reminded me of a road trip up the Canadian west coast and onto the Alaska highway.  Here we are in Teslin, Yukon Territory, just south of the Nisutlin River Delta National Wildlife Area. Highlights are the Nisutlin Trading Post and the Yukon Motel & Restaurant.

A lot of time spent on bridges on this tour. They take you from one place to another. And you can never step in the same river twice.

Trentemøller: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DUCKGyojpE

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

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February 06, 2015 0 comments 1 shares 14 plus ones
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"Storm Over Menai Strait" for +Artistic Google's tour of rivers, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran 

The Menai Strait is a narrow stretch of shallow tidal water which separates the island of Anglesey from the mainland of Wales. The differential tides at the two ends of the strait cause very strong currents to flow in both directions through the strait at different times, creating dangerous conditions. One of the most dangerous areas of the strait is known as the Swellies between the two bridges. Here rocks near the surface cause over-falls and local whirlpools, which can be of considerable danger in themselves and cause small boats to founder on the rocks. Entering the strait at the Caernarfon end is also hazardous because of the frequently shifting sand banks that make up Caernarfon bar.

After Alex Colville: http://www.alexcolville.ca/gallery/alex_colville_1954_horse_and_train/

Musical accompaniment: Simon and Garfunkel "Bridge Over Troubled Water": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-PNun-Pfb4

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/u6SLx

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February 06, 2015 4 comments 2 shares 26 plus ones
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"River of Tears" for +Artistic Google's tour of rivers of the world, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and me.

New Orleans Ninth Ward

Musical accompaniment: 9 heartfelt minutes of slowhand Eric Clapton "River of Tears" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZgyx_lSakA

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/kh1qk

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February 01, 2015 2 comments 2 shares 11 plus ones
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"Bruges" for +Artistic Google's tour of BENELUX, curated by +Rob Robinson +Jamal Masood +Patrick Sheeran and myself, with our special tour guide +Hazel Caplen.

Musical accompaniment: Korngold "Die Tote Stadt" - "Glück, das mir verblieb" - sung by René Kollo and Carol Neblett: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSzkJaNxBNQ

Original GSV at http://goo.gl/maps/a4xRZ

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January 22, 2015 1 comments 1 shares 26 plus ones
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A chilly December day, rendered in Topaz Impression and Nik Color Efex. Digital sketch for a graphite wash painting.

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