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Santa Barbara from a Holga’s Perspective

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 in Blog

and maybe mine…..


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The Venice Project: Strange Days

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 in Blog, Projects

The Venice Project: Strange Days

Strange Days is the ultimate Doors concert experience. Formed and based in Los Angeles, California, Strange Days is the most impressive and realistic Doors tribute act in North America. They capture the magic…the mystery….and the madness of the Doors in their prime. Join them as they break on through to the other side.

Founding members, guitarist Robert Carsten and keyboardist Michael Jacobson, each bring over a decade of experience playing in some of the most well-known Doors tribute bands around. Joining forces with singer Jason Tosta and drummer Matthew St. Malone, these seasoned musicians completed their vision of a perfect sounding and perfect looking Doors tribute band that transports audiences back to another time and era

By combining vintage instruments with the latest technology, Strange Days offers both an authentic on-stage look and unmistakable studio album sound. The result is a truly one of a kind show.

Doors Cover Band (Strange Days) Rockin’ Out from John Sargent Barnard on Vimeo.

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Venice Project: David Smith

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 in Projects

Meet David Smith, one of the best guitarists I have ever heard on Venice Beach. Here is what he has to say. Listen to this song by David while you read his story and check out the pictures.

“I’m the Bob Dylan no one’s ever heard of. Doubt me? Fuck you…

So why have I been reduced to living in a van down by the ocean; playing music on the streets for the last six years?

It could be that I’m delusional about my talent.

I’ve documented everything: The daughter I left behind to the bewitching Raven who fell in love with a crooning pauper despite her wiser intentions; my fierce dedication toward the craft at hand to a ceaseless self-destructive nature; and from a large, loving, Chicago family to the fettered flock of disenfranchised, damaged, souls who have come to these same western shores to surrender.

I have survived the 9 to five world for 36 years; I’m done, and willing to live void of life’s simplest comforts, and ultimately without my Whale-of-a-Great-White-Buffalo-Faithful-Ford-Van. Hoping my daughter might see all I have as the best that I can do.

David Smith was born the youngest of six on Chicago’s northwest side. Being, predominately, a product of the 70s where guitar was a religion, David built his life around music and worlds. In his 46 years he was written countless songs and poetry, two novels, and a second memoir.”

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Venice Project: Vinny V3D

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 in Projects

WARNING: May need 3D Glasses for full effect.

Vinny V3D is an abstract artist who specializes with paint and tonalities to make a true 3D image come alive. At first, these look like simple splatter pieces, but after wearing the 3D glasses and going through Vinny’s Art Walk in Venice beach, I was blown away.
So amazed, I later bought two pieces that now hang in my room. Vinny also makes custom art deco and apparel.

I urge you all to go down to 811 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291…aka Venice Beach…and support local artists like Vinny.

More to come on the Venice Project.

P.S. Took a few frames of Vinny and his business partner then treated the photographs in a similar way that Vinny does with tonalities to make the 3D effect. The last two shots are the pieces that I bough from Vinny.

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