I came across a flyer for Alameda’s “Second Friday Art Walk” – while at Alameda Island Brewing Company. Hmmm, I got flat files and boxes full of photos, at least some of which I’d like to share.
I also have a “studio” a space that a friend and I share here on the lovely island of Alameda. After a quick chat- we’ve decided we’re going to try and participate.
So here are some of the photos I’m hoping to display. Some, like the movie reels and audio cassettes are part of a project focusing on obsolete technology.
Another subject I hope to share includes highlights from recent travels. There are a few photos I’m happy to share from a recent trip including Copenhagen, Büdingen (Hessen), and Berlin etc.
One item I can’t display here is my hand printed black and white traditional prints. Folks who want to sound fancy call these “Fine Art” and “Silver Gelatin” prints. If you’re old enough to be from the film photography era, they’re just normal prints. Except, that I also have some “Alt Process” prints of sorts too that I might display: I’ve been playing around with so called “litho printing”. But these aren’t digitized. You’ll have to hold them in your hands in person if you want to see.
Call or email me (phone four juan 5 – sveen four 2 -0121) for schedule and location if you’re interested.
Recently I’ve started a new art project. For much of my life I’ve been fascinated by technology. And where and when I grew up was a lucky coincidence. San Jose in the 1970’s and 1980’s was in the fledgling days of Silicon Valley.
So in any case, I stumbled upon a bunch of old movie film boxes at a thrift store located at a garbage dump. I was fascinated by the aesthetics of the whole package: the weathered exterior cardboard boxes, the handwriting, the labels with dates facts and figures and the film itself.
The metal canisters are all stamped with different patterns based on the film manufacturer. And the chrome has worn off where they were handled over the decades.
I think they were all at a commercial German TV station: Werbefunk Saar was on one of the labels. And the handwriting on all the boxes looks like the same.
And the film itself when viewed from the sides reveals interesting patterns.
I’ll keep you posted here and on my other sites for updates.
Yup. You guessed it. It’s time for more photos of those adorable Google Self Driving Cars as seen on the streets of Silicon Valley.
Not that this has too much to do with things urban or texture. But I can’t help myself.
These are the latest (well, not the Chrysler hybrid minivan that’s been announced) two seat electric vehicles. Though they are, so far as I’ve read autonomous – California law forbids them from being driven without a driver who can hit the breaks if anything goes wrong.
Of all the stock photos I take, all things Google is the number one selling subject. And I should hasten to add more importantly the most infringed upon subject matter from my stock photo library.
So I spend a plenty of time chasing Google cars and running around Google campuses. Here’s a bit of what I added to my stock photo archive from Google of late.
My family trip to Seattle included a little business. This included a side trip that included the Google “Silicon Canal” campus (and neighboring Adobe.)
Not long ago, I managed to make it in to the Googleplex soon after the new GOOGLE typeface change. Security there is completely unpredictable. They’ve kicked me out and waved me in on different occasions. In this case they let me in. The mascot for the soon-to-be released “marshmallow” OS was already on display. There was a colorful “andproud” display I’m assuming is in favor of gay rights but not sure.
Researching a few recent articles in the news about the cutest little Google self-driving car I figured out where they keep the damned thing! So I spent an afternoon stalking the place. Didn’t get many of the newest GCar, but did get plenty of the Lexus SUV.
And really close to home it turns out Google [x] is right in my backyard. I live in Alameda. Recently my wife pointed out a Google bike at the nearby Rockwall winery. A little research turned up that they bought out an outfit called Makani Power that has an experimental “energy kite.” Though I don’t think they can launch this “kite” out on the old Alameda Naval Air Station (NAS) they are doing something in “plane view” (get it, that was punny!) And I added yet another Google [x] project to my library.
p.s. please don’t steal my photos- contact me for usage rights… this is my day job.
Whenever I’m in the neighborhood of the Googleplex, I check out all the regular hangouts for Google’s new two seater electric self driving car. As luck would have it this time they were testing it out, apparently seeing how it works with bicyclists and pedestrians this time.
On a recent visit to the Googleplex I found the Android Statue Garden was gone. For those not familiar, Google produces a computer operating system called Android. It’s represented by a cute green robot, and each version of the OS is given a handle named after sweets. Some previous releases names included Honeycomb, Froyo, Kitkat, Eclair, Gingerbread, etc. Until this point, Google would unveil a colorful fiberglass statue in front of Building 44 at the Googleplex. But I had just stumbled upon the latest unveiling of Lollipop which was unveiled in the courtyard of Google’s main building. Walking across the street to Building 44 I saw an empty spot where previously the statues were displayed. There were signs pointing to a new location that I followed. What a funny site it turned out to be. The statues were in fact there, but were in pieces on the lawn. It appeared there was a hasty attempt to renovate them. Colorful jelly beans were strewn out on the lawn. Armless robots sat near decapitated robots undergoing a paint job. Just another day in Silicon Valley!
I spend a lot of time hanging out in the few public areas of Silicon Valley’s tech companies adding content for my stock photo site SiliconValleyStock.com. One spot is the “Googleplex” in Mountain View California. They unveil a new sculpture to herald the release of each new operating system. And the operating systems are all named after sweets. So here are a few Kit Kat Android photos.