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Description of Pictures: Until now, I had thought that the Stikman Robot characters were only in DC but I ran into this one on Fifth Avenue near Central Park, New York City. They are also apparently in a variety of states around the country.
According to http://www.streetmuseumofart.org/stikman STIKMAN:
For more than 20 years, Stikman has played a game of hide-and-seek with the city — posting his signature characters in locations that are blatantly obvious yet obscured. These small, robot-like figures found in pedestrian walkways are distorted by every tire mark and foot step that cross them. Passed over by countless people each day, the pavement paintings often times go by unnoticed. By hiding his work in plain sight, Stikman encourages the public to open their eyes and be observant to their surroundings. As with all street art and graffiti, a keen sense of the urban environment is developed as you become aware of and search for the art that is around us — “where art meets real life in the space we all share.”
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TOYNYC_090531_01.JPG: These symbols are on some of the roads near the Mall in downtown DC. I thought they were connected with the Smithsonian's American Indian museum but someone there said there were lots of places that had the markers. I found this one on Fifth Avenue in New York! They're apparently applied by the same method that the famous Toynbee Tiles use.
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2009 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used the Fuji S100fs. I've also got a Nikon D90 and a newer Fuji -- the S200EHX -- both of which are nice but I still prefer the flexibility of the Fuji.
Trips this year:
Niagara Falls, NY,
New York City,
Civil War Trust conferences in Gettysburg, PA and Springfield, IL, and
my 4th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con trip (including Los Angeles, Yosemite, Death Valley, Kings Canyon, Joshua Tree, etc).
Ego strokes: I had a picture of a Lincoln-Obama cupcake sculpture published in Civil War Times and WUSA-9, the local CBS affiliate, ran a quick piece on me. A picture that I took at the annual Abraham Lincoln Symposium appeared in the National Archives' "Prologue" magazine. I became a volunteer with the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Number of photos taken this year: 417,000.