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Review of Taylor Swift 1989 Album

Taylor Swift has always been a mature young woman. But, with the release of her latest album “1989” it is clear that the young lady is growing up into a full fledged woman. This is reflected in her artistic interest in venturing into other music genres, namely pop.

While most of her albums have had some crossover appeal, she acknowledged that she was intentionally trying to branch out with this one. Mission accomplished.

It is likely that some of her fans may have some trouble digesting this experimental sound. But at the same time, it is likely that she will gain some new fans as well.

Personally, my favorite songs on the album are probably “I Wish You Would,” “Blank Space,” “Wildest Dreams” and “This Love.”

The least impressive tracks are probably the first single “Shake It Off” and “Welcome to New York” and “I Know Places.”

The remaining songs are in the average to slightly above category.

The best comes out when Taylor seems to show her more natural side with poignant lyrics, a little bit of fun and an emphasis on the vocals rather than anything else. The less flattering parts occur when it seems like she’s trying a bit too hard for the current and somewhat unoriginal pop vibe.

All in all, it’s a pretty good effort to venture into the pop scene and I suspect she’ll have her share of success with it.

If you are a true Taylor fan, I’d certainly recommend this album.

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The Beauty of the Monolight

In the art of photography, we are generally told that the more light, the better.

So, often in a a studio setup or indoor shoot, photographers tend to use a lot of lighting equipment and try to balance things out from different angles. That being the case, one of the most overlooked and under appreciated lighting setups in the use of a single light source.

In a recent shoot with a beautiful young model by the name of Brittany Jordan, I did some experimentation with a monolight and really liked how things turned out. To see more of my work, check out my artistic photography website.

Brittany model

Brittany in spot color

 

Brittany Jordan

 

Wordles

For years, graphic designers have be providing interesting and creative graphic services that literally make words into a form of visual art. You need not look further than a few different print ad campaigns or text-based company logos to realize that this is the case.

However, in a recent random trip through cyberspace, I came across a very cool site that instantly creates a visual piece of art from any phrase or content or the text on just about any website.

The official name of these digital creations are wordles and you can create your own, in seconds and for free at http://www.wordle.net.

Check out this colorful example direct from the website.

Consitution of the United States

Support the Horry County Children’s Musical Theatre

I recently learned through a friend that a women she knows, who I have since met and befriended online, is working hard on a major project. Her name is Lindsey Sarah Harward and the goal is to create what will be called the Horry County Children’s Musical Theatre in beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Personally, I think it is a great idea and a good way to both educate children and foster their creative sides.

If you’d like to know more about this, you can check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/297615803754755/.

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Totally royalty and copyright free photos at no cost

Foreign Tourists Image Bank – 110% Copyright and Royalty Free Photos!

This is the title/catch line of a new source I decided to create that is dedicated to helping people find free high quality photos to use with no strings attached. I decided to put this effort together based on my own difficulties in finding free images to use for my own creative purposes.

I figured, even if I take a few shots every once in a while on my cell phone while out and about, I could add these to a collection and who knows, maybe it could be of use to someone. If you’d like to see if any of the images can be of use to you, or if you’d like to add some of your own (and get free promotion out of it), you can feel free to do so. Just click the image below to be taken to the Facebook Group that is free for all.

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Clyde Jones

A while back, I wrote about a somewhat legendary folk artist.

His name is Clyde Jones and he resides in the small town of Bynum, North Carolina. In a recent visit to the area, I took some more cell phone snapshots of his eclectic home and the wooden critters that surround it.

I hope you enjoy these.

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Making candy into art

It never ceases to amaze me

that their are so many people out there with such unique artistic talents. Recently in my hometown of Pittsburgh, I can across a guy known as the “Candy Man.” His real name is Takafumi Ichiyanagi and he literary makes art out of candy. Below you’re see three examples.

Pegasus

 Pegasus

Humming bird

Humming Bird and Flower

Wolf

Wolf

 

 

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