August 19, 2016

Fridays with Farley...a Dose of Useless Tidbits

Came across this neat look at panoramic paintings also called cycloramas By Eric Grundhauser on  the Atlas Obscura website...
360 Degrees of War: 6 Panoramic Paintings That Make You A Part of the Action. Before 3D movies or the Oculus Rift, the only way to really immerse someone in a virtual scene was to just surround them with imagery. To create this proto-VR, circular panoramic paintings ringed by miniature dioramas (also called cycloramas) became hugely popular during the 19th century. Of course many of these artworks depict famous battles ranging from the conflicts of the October War to the Battle of Gettysburg. Because reenacting a war is a pastime that long pre-dates Call of Duty. Gear up for six battles you can relive via analog VR technology.

Included are 
1. PANORAMA 1453 MUSEUM Istanbul, Turkey
2. RACŁAWICE PANORAMA Wroclaw, 
3. OCTOBER WAR PANORAMA Damascus, Syria
4. GETTYSBURG CYCLORAMA Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
5. BORODINO PANORAMA Moscow, Russia
6. ATLANTA CYCLORAMA Atlanta, Georgia
Have a Look HERE


1/72nd scale diorama of the Battle of Gettysburg by Dennis Norris 

This was my first diorama project. I started it in 2005. It was set up on a 4'x 6' board set up in my basement.  The scale is 1/72. The photo editing was my first attempt ever. Since then I have continued to add to the diorama and it is now more than 20' x 12'. My more recent efforts are detailed at Gettysburg Diographics. There you can see a portfolio of 20 prints of action in the Wheatfield and Peach Orchard areas. 
Have a look HERE and also check out Dennis's Gettysburg prints of the diorama HERE

Keep on hunting....The stuff is still out there! I scored this long sought after model kit at a local garage sale for $5.00 after losing countless auctions on eBay for it over the years!




Ya gotta love this guy...
Usain Bolt is a one-man theatre show expressing not just athletic supremacy but an elemental quality which draws us in. Like a beautiful face, we have no choice but to look, to stare, to bow, to accept that this creature before us is all that we are not nor ever could be.

Against a background of flawed behaviour, of base practice, of drug abuse, of cover ups and lies, Bolt sweeps away the detritus, washes the world clean by doing nothing more complicated than running fast.


Summertime and the living is easy...

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