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Description of Pictures: Michael Kirby preparing his chalk piece for the upcoming "Chalk4Peace" family event.
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KIRBY_110921_001.JPG: Michael William Kirby:
Michael William Kirby is a leading public artist and street painter from Baltimore, MD, USA. He has nearly 20 years of experience creating permanent and temporary public art pieces around the world. Mr. Kirby has been contracted since the early 1990's for his unique and orginal [sic] view of anamorphic or forced perspective street paintings. His permenant [sic] public art commissions are located in major city centers around the world. He is generally contracted to create pieces that deal with social issues and for his orginal [sic] use of color and color schemes.
Mr. Kirby's simple and sincere goal is to educate and inspire the public at large through the visual arts. He has been commissioned by a number of US and internationally based community groups, architects, and agencies. Today Michael Kirby is a master in the art form of street painting, fresco, and mural painting. He was the first American artist to have won the title of Master Street Painter in all the major European Street Painting festivals. Since the early 90's he has spread the art form to numerous locations that include Germany, Colombia, Mexico, Italy, Canada, Guatemala, England, Ireland, Venezuela, various parts of the United States, and many others.
The Los Angeles Times wrote "Michael Kirby is one of the best Street painters in the world." Mr. Kirby continues to be commissioned and contracted for advertising, marketing, festivals, and other events. Please visit these sites below to learn more:
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2011 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used the Fuji S100fs camera as well as two Nikon models -- the D90 and the new D7000. Mostly a toy, I also purchased a Fuji Real 3-D W3 camera, to try out 3-D photographs. I found it interesting although I don't see any real use for 3-D stills now. Given that many of the photos from the 1860s were in 3-D (including some of the more famous Civil War shots), it's odd to see it coming back.
Trips this year: Savannah, GA in March to cover a Civil War Trust conference. New Jersey over Memorial Day for my birthday -- people never seem to visit New Jersey -- it's always just a pit stop on the way to New York. I thought I might as well spend a few days there. Despite some nice places, it still ended up a pit stop for me -- New York City was infinitely more interesting. I did my annual pilgrimage to the San Diego Comic-Con in July, adding a few days in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Chattanooga, TN to cover the Civil War Trust's Grand Review conference.
Ego strokes: Author photos that I took were used on two book jackets this year: Jason Emerson's book "The Dark Days of Abraham Lincoln's Widow As Revealed by Her Own Letters" and Dennis L. Noble's "The U.S. Coast Guard's War on Human Smuggling." I also had a photo of Jason Stelter published in the Washington Examiner and a picture of Miss DC, Ashley Boalch, published in the Washington Post.
Number of photos taken this year: just over 390,000.