Are Google Photos Free ? by Matthew Farrar

The potential of photographic data

An image may be worth 1000 words, but image metadata may spill far more information than that, especially when applied to a Google service. According to this year’s Google I/O keynote, the Photos service will offer a search function that can find people, places, and objects — all without any active tagging on the end user’s part.

It does this in part by scanning your image’s metadata: the location and other information your camera builds into the underlying code of your digital image. For the rest, I suspect Google is inventing its own supplemental metadata, using rapid image scans and automatic face detection as part of the company’s continuous “machine learning” system. It may not be perfect at the start, but as Google gets more and more photographs to scan, it could become the most accurate auto-tagging service on the Internet.
Where's Nessie ? This is just a photo added to make the post a little more enticing.  

Where's Nessie ? This is just a photo added to make the post a little more enticing.


'Toronto Concrete' Revisited. by Matthew Farrar

I revisited the scene of 'Toronto Concrete'. I wanted to see if I could find the exact spot. Unfortunately the paths were fenced off to the public, so I thought... Sod it ! I'm going back to the hotel. I slept on it. Here are some photographs I shot the very next day, of the same concrete building from a rather tricky angle. The perspective is doing strange things to my eyes. Two have lens correction. I kinda like the natural bulge of the lens. I've done some slight editing in that I like the look of the 1970's colour textbook style images.

Toronto Concrete. 2013

Toronto City Hall against the backdrop of the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, taken in May 2013

The rain spoils the stone. 
The multi-story windows watch the story unfold.


The Rain Room at LACMA by Matthew Farrar

A visit to the rain Rain Room at LACMA. Shot with the iPhone 5, shows people walking through the rain, yet staying completely dry. Sensors in the celling detect your movements and stop the rain where you are walking. Here a you tube video that explains it.

I took this with the iPhone as we walked through the rain, staying completely dry. And I wasn't even wearing any clothes..... Go figure ? This link will explain

LLoydcrest Estate, Beverly Hills. by Matthew Farrar

This amazing home was designed by Trip Haenisch on the side of a very big hill in Beverly Hills, overlooking Los Angeles. It's beautiful. I had the pleasure of visiting over the last stages of construction, as Saatchi Art were installing an exhibition of work from a selection of their artists.

The sculptures, paintings and photographs complimenting the design in every room. There was wine in the cellar which stood high within the glass stairwell, two fully stocked bars, a Tequila bar, a large cinema with a wall of sweets and candy in tall jars. A walk through the Art gallery took you to the guest quarters, a house in it's self, all with open views across the green lawn, surrounded in its entirety by a moat like infinity pool and then you're flying, down the valley and out across the City of Angels. 

Here's the lookbook showing the artwork in situ . Produced by Saatchi Art in line with the projects completion in 2016. The link will open the book in a new page and allow you to flick through and have a look.

Also Here's Heavenly Swim by the big front door. Construction still in progress. 

Lloydcrest Install of Heavenly Swim