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La douleur exquise

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So here's my response to Alan Levine's newest ds106 assignment. I felt honour-bound to go with the first non-translatable word or phrase, whatever it was. It turned out, it wasn't so non-translatable at all - with the right image. Click on the image for the full size version.



Here's the assignment as it appeared:



What I like about the resulting artwork (if I say so myself) is that it takes the word, associates it with a well-known celebrity, defines the word, and then - with a bit of a sucker punch - suggests that the inattainability is brought to you by the perfume - in turn a bit of a commentary on the Nicole Kidman Chanel ads themselves. And, if nothing else, it's a beautiful solution to Levine's assignment.

You might ask, what about the Creative Commons licensing and all that. I think my use of these images falls very much within the bounds of fair dealing - it's a derivative work, it's used for educational purposes, it makes social commentary, I…

Kouchibouguac Winter Wonderland

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Kouchibouguac Winter Wonderland, originally uploaded by Stephen Downes.
Kouchibouguac Winter Wonderland photo set. We went for a walk in the nearby national park and enjoyed a winter wonderland for boxing day. The slide show is recommended.

Two Weeks in the Life

Photos from ordinary life, December, 2011. I have a bunch of nice descriptions in the original Flickr set, but I don't know how to make them show up in the slide show.

Mapleton Park

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Mapleton Park, originally uploaded by Stephen Downes. It was late afternoon in December, the light was very low, and I went for a walk in Mapleton Park taking pictures. Here's the rest of the set.