Build Your “My Art” Section of “My Pictures” in MCE
One of the things that I’ve enjoyed doing with my Media Center PC is building up a large collection of beautiful images that, in addition to my own photographs, I can display on my living room plasma. A few weeks back I wrote a review on Gallery Player, one of the new applications for Media Center where they will sell you images or a subscription to images for display on your MCE machine. I wrote that although it was an interesting first step that it wasn’t for me due to the limited number of images available and the cost.
As of this morning’s count I presently have 49,451 images in my “My Pictures” folder for Media Center. Of these images 16,409 are images that I classify into a “My Art” subfolder and are primarily artistic type photographs I’ve taken myself or images that I’ve obtained elsewhere through the internet.
The “My Art” images make wonderful slide shows to play with my music in the background. With the “use transitions” option turned on under the general settings, the slide shows somehow just come to life and look 1000% better than they did back on my PC’s monitor. I’ve grouped the art that I’ve collected into three primary folders, “Classical Art,” “Contemporary Art,” and “Photographic Art.” These three primary folders are further broken down into sub folders by artist name, theme, etc.
Collecting an image from the internet these days is very simple and relatively straightforward. Once you find a high resolution image that you’d like to add to your collection simply “right click,” and “save as.” Instantly you will have added an image to your library.
So where are the best places on the internet to find images for your own “My Art” collection?
1. Photoblogs.org. Brandon Stone has built the definitive place for photobloggers to hang out on the internet. Brandon’s site categorizes and ranks thousands of photobloggers out there who are publishing some of the best new photography around today. I have spent countless hours browsing the photobloggers who have registered with Brandon’s site and have been able to incorporate many wonderful, amazing, beautiful images into my library. Many of these photobloggers publish very high resolution photos that look beautiful when I display them oon my plasma through MCE. You can also find more top photobloggers over at the photobloggies site.
2. Google Image Search, Yahoo! Image Search, Ask Jeeves Image Search. All three of these internet image search engines allow you to filter by large high resolution images. Want to begin building a Warhol collection? Easy, do a search for Warhol and you will instantly have a number of contemporary images. Want to build a collection of John Singer Sargent paintings? Same thing. Although I haven’t found the images at ArtForum to be of very high quality this still is someplace that you can go to find new artists to do Google, Yahoo and Ask Jeeves image searches for if you are a contemporary art collector.
3. HDTV Television Art. Remember when animated cell art was all the rage? I feel like HDTV art runs much in the same vein. In addition to some amazingly vivid high definition animation, Feldon Central has many recent images that make you say, wow, I never knew Britney Spears, er, I mean HDTV, could look that good.
4. Artcyclopedia boasts over 8,000 famous painters, sculptors and
photographers, at art museum sites & image archives worldwide. They have a special section called “Master Scans” that includes some very fine high resolution images.
5. Do you like music art? Check out Gigposters.com. Gigposters has a huge collection of creative street artist type posters used for mostly small underground type bands. If you want to see some really unusual old vinyl album covers check out Pulp Morgue. These can also double as some nice album art if you want to mix things up a little for a homemade CD that you either burn or have ripped into your music collection. Dana Countryman also publishes unusual vinyl album art. The Jim Flora online Gallery also has more unique album art done by artist Jim Flora.
6. MFA Boston has a collections database where you may be able to find some great old paintings. “The Museum’s online collection of 350,000 objects encompasses some of the most rare and important artistic treasures in the world. The collection includes American art, European art, ancient art, Asian, African and Oceanic art, contemporary art, prints, drawings, photographs, musical instruments, and textile and fashion arts.”
So these are just a few for starters. If you know of more good places to find images on the internet, feel free to pass them along.