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To see all 19 images. Click Here.  Images published by CNN.

We forget how exotic the world of architecture has become. What is standard in the USA is often dwarfed by what is built around the world.  Here are some selections from a web site called OnTheRoofs.com and it shares incredible shots by two of the most daring photographers I have seen, Vitaly Raskalov and Vadim Makhorov.  – Robert

Thanks to Joe O. for bringing this to our attention.

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This is the second digital painting in the Death Valley series. 265 feet below sea level, Bad Water Basin sums up my four days in the valley.  The meaning of the painting is left up to you. In the midst of this wasteland, you can’t help but be reminded that Life Is Good and precious.  – Robert

Visit BarnesGallery.com to see a larger version of the painting.

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I’m pleased to announce my new series from Death Valley.  After a week in 103 degree “balmy-ness”, I’ve returned with a series of new images, and a video, that let you join me in Death Valley, USA.

The digital painting, above, is titled “Facing Death Valley” and speaks to our lives as individuals, mortals, living on a finite world.  It’s the first in a new series I’m calling “Facing the Future”.  I hope it evokes contemplation and introspection in all those who view it. The larger version in the gallery reveals the detail and texture of the complete the image.

To view the new works and to view my short 6 minute video titled “Death Valley Run” – visit BarnesGallery.com and spend some time exploring new works and ones you might have forgotten.  There is lots to see.

All my best,

Robert Barnes

 

Thanks to Enzo Dal Verme for creating this short video.

Thanks to John S. for bringing it to our attention.

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.

Enjoy.

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

 

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.

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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.

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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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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.