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Archive for February, 2011

I’ve been getting the RSS feed for the blog 1000 Awesome things for over a year now and it’s so much fun to read the headline and think, yeah that’s awesome!  All those everyday experiences that you take for granted but are actually really awesome, such as finding good reading material in someone else’s bathroom, the clean baby smell, finding out what song is in the commercial, the smell of a library, or getting the lid off a jar no one else could open!  I don’t agree with all the awesome posts but it’s nice to be reminded that we’re surrounded by awesome things everyday and we should celebrate the everyday achievements and pleasures just as much as the exceptional.

As I mentioned I’ve been reading this blog for over a year, but I’ve never commented on it.  But todays post really stood out for me; All the food that comes out of a pig is awesome!!  I love pigs; they’re intelligent, cute and extremely tasty.  Think I might need to have a bacon butty soon.

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World Press Photo Winners 2010

Whilst browsing the BBC website I noticed a link to a photo gallery of World Press Photo winners.  The photos are stunning and sometimes disturbing but definitely worth a look.  After looking at the BBC gallery I thought I’d find out more about this competition.  A quick google search brought me to the World Press Photo website.  According to the website the organisation was founded in 1955 and is run as an independent, non-profit organization based in Amsterdam.  Their mission, “is to encourage high professional standards in photojournalism and to promote a free and unrestricted exchange of information.”

I had a browse through the winners gallery and this photo stood out for me:


It doesn’t make the same impression when it’s so small but it’s well worth a closer look.  I just loved the clarity of the colours and the simplicity.  Many of the other winners focus on current affairs such as natural disasters.  The photos are amazing and they really do bring home the plight of the people involved and the reality of the situation they’re living with; but I probably wouldn’t want a copy on my wall.  I can appreciate the truth of the images but I think I’d rather look at something beautiful.

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I went on to Google today and I noticed a new link, actually I’m not sure how new it is but I’d never noticed it before!  It said, “Museums of the World – now introducing the Art Project, powered by Google“.  So I clicked on the link to see what it was, and I’m loving it.  You can choose a museum take a tour around various rooms or look at specific paintings.  For example, I chose the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and it opened in the Arles room, as you can see below.

So I took a little look around and then I decided to look more closely at a few of the paintings and when you select an individual painting you get more information and history via the viewing notes.  One of the paintings I chose was the Seascape near Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, I love the use of colour and the texture of this work.  It’s as if I can feel the spray from the sea and smell the salt in the air.

Love van Gogh and I’m loving this Art Project from Google.  Not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to travel and see works like these first hand and I think the internet is a powerful tool for expanding people’s knowledge of art and culture and what’s out there.  It’s also a great way to see what’s on your doorstep and encourage us all to pop down to our local galleries and museums.

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