Showing posts from December, 2011

La douleur exquise

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

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

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.