Alison Garwood Jones

Google doodle

Originally published in January 2011 in Blog

Cézanne was a Google doodle yesterday. That’s because he turned 172. I was glad to see he made it into this digital pantheon. See? It spells out G-o-o-g-l-e Usually the kids at Google HQ reserve the space around their name for astronauts and civil rights leaders — you know, more splashy role models. I wouldn’t even […]

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Je chante

Originally published in January 2011 in Blog

I’ve made lots of mistakes in my time, but I narrowly missed this one: background music on my website. When I launched my site last January, I imagined my home page, seen here, … uploading to the sound of Charles Trenet‘s plucky 1940s song, Je Chante (♪I Sing♪). It reminds me of snooty French curators, […]

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Quote of the year (it came early)

Originally published in January 2011 in Blog

“Everyday life now means living beyond our means.” Jason McBride, “The Unaffordable City,” Toronto Life (February 2011) *Update: This article isn’t about feeling entitled to the best of everything, it’s about the rising cost of living and struggling to pay for the basics. It’s not online yet.

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The Reel Deal

Originally published in January 2011 in AppliedArtsMag.com

Faking it is not an option for Calgary’s Roth & Ramberg, a photography duo who prides themselves on authenticity in their work In the 20 years since the switchover to digital, photography has morphed into a highly manipulative exercise in post-production. So when you meet a pair of photographers who put a premium on hanging […]

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Mailbag

Originally published in January 2011 in Blog

I got a flurry of e-mails (I define flurry as “more than five,” and I got six), asking about a photo I posted last fall showing a lineup of shoes and overturned boots along a river promenade. “What is it?” they asked. It’s the Holocaust Memorial in Budapest, Hungary. I got down on my belly […]

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Why Annette should win

Originally published in January 2011 in Blog

This one quote by Annette Bening sums up what makes her such a special actress and human being. Talking with Constance Rosenblum of The New York Times during a press junket for her latest film, The Kids Are All Right, Bening mentioned the books she’s been reading on her iPad and Kindle (the old ‘What’s on your […]

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