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pensmoke handslqScience student Hugo Germain (aka. Graphonaute) is just 18 years old, but crates animations and visual effects that seem well beyond his years. Though animation is not his primary focus, Germain spends his spare time mixing live action footage with various 3D tools to create quirky visual effects and experiments. You can see more over on Graphonaute.

Thanks to Jim J. for passing this along to us.

The Rijksmuseum in Holland wanted to bring art to the people and hopefully, they would come see more.  They took one Rembrandt painting from 1642, Night Watch, and did the following in a busy mall.


Thanks to Susie B. for passing this link along to us.


Every piece of art, music and photography I create, passes through a Macintosh on its way to realization.  Here’s to 30 years of innovation. – Robert

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First broadcast: 06 Nov 2013.
Episode 6/7 Edmund de Waal is widely known as the author of bestselling family memoir The Hare with Amber Eyes. He is also an internationally acclaimed artist. He trained as a potter, studying ceramics in Japan and his works are in the collections of over forty international museums. Filmed mainly in de Waal’s South London studio, this film gives a fascinating insight into his working methods, following him prepare eleven ceramic installations for 2012′s exhibition A Thousand Hours.

Thanks to Andrew Long for passing this along to us.


Happy New Year to all regular subscribers and new visitors to Barnes Gallery Blog. Here’s hoping that 2014 is a better year for everyone and that it is filled with gratitude, a renewed sense of wonder, and an appreciation for every single day that you are fortunate enough to have living here, on planet Earth.

New Years Eve is my 11th Anniversary of marriage to my wonderful partner, best friend and wife, Cathy Berkley.  Without her love, intelligence, inspiration and patience, I’m sure that life would lack much of what I  find essential for a life well lived.

My one man art show, “Crescendo”, has been extended at the Performing Arts Center in Reno, Nevada for an extra 2 months – for which I am both proud and grateful.

My photograph of the valley above, prompts a shout out of thanks to Tim Swihart. He was my gracious host at his vacation home outside Yosemite.  I shot the  image while he and I sat on the bank of the Merced River on the Yosemite Valley floor.  We passed a couple of hours with quiet conversation as we watched and waited for the sunset on a beautiful, clear day.  There is nothing like having a friend who knows the terrain to guide you and share the moments of splendor in this glorious National Park.

Happy New Year to you and your family. – Robert Barnes

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Jacob Frey created these wonderful little pieces that remind us how fragile our planet really is. He described the short film this way:  “Instead of creating a single 60 sec. spot, I came up with the idea of a bunch of little 20 sec. clips.”

My hat is off to Jacob for creating true art, with a message. – Robert

CLICK HERE to visit the original web site.


Korean artist Jee Young Lee’s beautiful dreamscapes are living proof that you don’t need Photoshop or even a large studio space to create amazing surreal images. She creates all of these scenes by hand in a room that is only 3.6 x 4.1 x 2.4 meters and then inserts herself into the pictures. Some of these self portraits represent her own experiences, dreams and memories, while others represent traditional Korean folk tales and legends. -LENIN

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CLICK HERE to visit Jee Young Lee’s web site.

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Take six minutes out of your busy day and remember what it means to be full of gratitude. It’s a short film by Louie Schwartberg.  It is grand, touching, very real, and meant for YOU. – Robert

CLICK HERE to view the video.

Thanks to Carolyn T. for sending this just when I needed it.


Photo by Scott Rinckenberger, used by permission.

There is something to be said for perseverance, for persisting until the last moment you can. You can make a lot of moral and emotional arguments for it, of course, but there’s also a mathematical one: If you stick around long enough, sometimes the odds, stacked against you as they may be, will break your way.

This phenomenal shot shows the campsite where Scott and his friend were staying. It’s a lovely foreground, and the sky itself lent a fine photogenic backdrop. But as luck would have it, a meteor shot across the field of view during the short 30-second exposure.

Scott Rinckenberger is a photographer from Seattle. He was in Joshua Tree National Park, finishing up a five-week trip shooting scenes in the American west. I don’t want to spoil the whole story — he tells it well on his own website — but on the last day of the trip he threw the dice one last time… and they rolled his way Sometimes, things work out pretty well.  - Phil Plait

Excerpt from Scott’s web site:

What Are The Odds

by Scott Rinkenberger

I’ve been shooting photos for 20 years. I’ve made my living in the profession for the last 15. I can count on one hand the number of times that everything lined up perfectly and a truly rare image was created. Now, I don’t want to toot my own horn about this shot, but the fact that, during a 30 second exposure, after a 10 second timer (during which I hopped down from the roof of my truck where the camera was on a tripod, and joined the scene by the fire), a meteor(or so they tell us) would enter the sky EXACTLY in the corner of the frame and explode in the very part of the frame that needed balance, just as I had finally worked out the correct exposure and lighting to match the foreground with the night sky, is beyond rare. It’s a non-chance. There is no way to plan for something like this. No way to even hope for it.

CLICK HERE for the rest of the story on Scott Rinkenberger’s blog.

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I participated in Burning Man again this year.  I spent a 24 hour day with 8 friends who share a love of the art presented at the annual event in the Black Rock desert of Northern Nevada.  You can see my short video on this year’s Burn in the video section of

Balloon Chain “Simplicity” came in my email today.  It’s a short documentary that shows an element of creativity that keeps us coming back to Burning Man each year.


“The beauty of the Balloon Chain Project is something that words can not describe. Even a still photo struggles to tell its story. It’s the simplicity of it that makes it so stunning, and this is what I set out to capture.

Shot at Burning Man 2013, Black Rock City Nevada. Equipment – Canon 5DMKIII, Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly, Miller DS10, and an intervalometer.

Produced for The “13 in 13″ project. 13 films in 2013, released on the 13th of each month at 1:13pm. Film #10.

Original music by Adrian Hernandez,”

-Jared Morgan

CLICK HERE to view the video.

Thanks to Christine F. for bringing this to our attention.


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