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%22Facing Death Valley%22 (Painting)


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 and spend some time exploring new works and ones you might have forgotten.  There is lots to see.

All my best,

Robert Barnes


Balloon Chain

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

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

Art displayed in the 2012 city of Reno Art BLAST at McKinley Park in Reno.

Art displayed in the 2012 city of Reno Art BLAST at McKinley Park in Reno. / Photo by Nettie Oliverio
Reno Gazette & Journal
Written by Katrina Raenell
Art displayed in the 2012 City of Reno Art BLAST at McKinley Park in Reno.

Art displayed in the 2012 City of Reno Art BLAST at McKinley Park in Reno. / Photo by Nettie Oliverio

2013 Visual Art BLAST

WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday
WHERE: McKinley Arts and Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive

The second annual city of Reno Visual Art Biggest Little Arts Show Today (BLAST) aims to offer the community a visual wonderland of colors, textures and impressions created by local and regional artists.

The event has brought together 18 artists, 12 who are local, to present their work as a gallery exhibit and art fair.

“What is special about the Art BLAST is that it is a jury selection show,” city of Reno Arts and Culture Commission chairperson Nettie Oliverio said. “We seek submissions from local and regional artists, and then professional artists judge the works.”

In addition to perusing art, the community can also participate in a voting process, known as the People’s Choice, to select the winning art work that will be displayed in the city of Reno’s public art collections. Oliverio said the city sets aside $2,000 to buy the selected piece.

“Older artists in town came out last year and they were blown away,” Oliverio said. “They thought it would be more of an arts and crafts fair, and instead they found it was a strong representation of the art quality we have in our community.”

The artists participating in this year’s BLAST include Dean Burton, Carola Nan Roach, Katy Fox, Carol Foldvary-Anderson, Carolyn Mcleod, Deon Reynolds, Gilbert Leiker, Melissa Melero, Ken Heitzenrader, Kristy Dial, Trish Reynolds, Robert Barnes, Nate Clark, Michelle Lassaline, Michelle Laxalt, Kaitlin Bryson, Frances Melhop and Lynda Yuroff.

In addition to art, the event will also host a lunch-hour food truck, and drinks will be served by the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Some of the artwork to be displayed this year comes from the University of Nevada, Reno art faculty member Burton who creates jewelry from abstract objects, Reno glass work artist, Nan Roach and fine art painter and Academy of Art University graduate from San Francisco, Fox.

In Burton’s artwork display, “The Camera’s Demise” he will present a mixed media project that includes dismantled film cameras that are repurposed as jewelry and wall prints. Fox’s art presents a series of textured oil paintings that she creates with a palette knife, a series of brushes, and key fobs working the surface of the canvas and paint until it achieves the texture she wants.

“It’s important for folks to get a handle on the extraordinary art in our community,” Oliverio said. “This is an amazing opportunity to see the skill of the artists and how it was created. This is not just something that you can buy in a store.”


Rajasthan, India

Award-winning photographer Steve McCurry has published the photos taken with the last roll of Kodakchrome to come off the production line on his WordPress blog. McCurry has shot more than 800,000 photos including his iconic ‘Afghan Girl’ portrait, with the film. In an article posted by NPR in 2009 McCurry equated ‘losing the medium to losing a dear friend.’

CLICK HERE to view Steve’s images.

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Thanks to Doug B. for bringing this to our attention.

These are a few early shots from my trip to Yosemite National Park & Mono Lake, California.  I will post more images from the trip at Barnes Gallery later this fall.  Many thanks to Tim Swihart for being my host, guide and long time friend.  We had a great four days exploring the park and sharing our love of photography.

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This project was created with the same spirit that America was founded on. Our intentions are to connect everyone in america through the lens of this camera and social networking sites. We can’t do this without you. We want to tell your story and show your city or town through photographs of you, and people you know. As we travel around America looking for people and places to shoot you will be able to keep track of where we are going and help us decide where we go next. Join us in our journey by liking our Facebook to get yourself photographed by us.

An extra special thanks to Brandon Rein, Scotty Hoffman and Trevor Atwater.

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

I have visited Yosemite four times so far, and I intend another dozen visits. This video is exceptional.  It’s worth four minutes of your time to reset your mental compass and your sense of place in the Universe. – Robert

This Yosemite Time Lapse Video in HD is a truly wonderful look at the outdoors and nature. The video is a collaboration between Sheldon Neill and Colin Delehanty. All timelapses were shot on the Canon 5D Mark II with a variety of Canon L and Zeiss CP.2 Lenses. The soundtrack is Outro from the album “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming” by M83.

If you have a slow internet connection click the HD symbol in lower right corner of video to turn it off.  Click the full screen X button to see its full beauty.

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Thanks to Scott R. for bringing this to our attention.

Creepy, Crusty, Crumbling: Illegal Tour of Abandoned Six Flags New Orleans.

Like little kids, we all experience a happy rush, a delighted thrill, when going to play at an amusement park. Yet when an amusement park is abandoned and an eerie silence settles over the rusty and crusty decay, the setting seems to twist the atmosphere of enthusiastic excitement into a suffocating blanket of dread. The place takes on creepy vibes and freaks people out. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and ripped the heart of fun and the amusement out of this park. Almost six years later, Six Flags in New Orleans is unnaturally silent, no lines and no laughter. This 140-acre surreal setting has morphed into a nightmarish land of twisted dreams. It seems as if the post-apocalyptic atmosphere might be the perfect place to make a zombie movie. As if lured by a distant echo of scattered screams and the ghost of good times, urban explorers venture out of curiosity and capture the moments and crumbling scenes. They share with us in a virtual urban exploration tour of this creepy abandoned amusement park – Six Flags New Orleans. Most of these photos are very recent, as in taken during 2011, nearly six years after Hurricane Katrina tried to swallow New Orleans and Six Flags. A special thank you to the urban explorers who risked arrest, and possible zombie attack, to go in and shoot these current shots of Six Flags, and then gave us permission to use their copyright photos. This is about twice the size of a normal post here, so we hope you really enjoy this virtual urban exploration tour into the defunct amusement park Six Flags New Orleans.

CLICK HERE to visit the source web site for all 75 images.