Thursday, December 29, 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 earn nada from it, and I do not impact on the earnings of anyone else. I'm not going to run this disclaimer every time - I shouldn't have to - fair dealing is my right, and I'm exercising it.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Kouchibouguac Winter Wonderland


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.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

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.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

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.