Photos of the Roman Chariot Mural in Temescal Oakland

I stopped by the large mural of awesome street art at 43rd and Telegraph in Oakland to take some photos. Thanks to the Internet, I found out that the mural is called “Roman Chariot” and it was created by Temescal artists in 2011. The Temescal News & Views newsletter had this to say about the project:

The mural is enormous, extending 156 lineal feet down 43rd St. and 75 lineal feet down Telegraph, and covering more than 4,000 square feet of surface.

Marcela and Ronn Simpson, owners of the building since 1978, were inspired to have a mural gracing the building’s walls by their son Michael Linton Simpson and his close friend Derek Weisberg. Both graduates of CCA, the California College of the Arts, Michael and Derek started the now-closed Boontling Gallery and were instrumental in founding the monthly Art Murmur events with other Oakland galleries and artists.

Derek curated the mural, and local artists F. Purth, Kara Joslyn, Jeremy Ehling, Jake Watling, Billy Sprague, Rich Jacobs, Nick Mann, Daniel Jesse Lewis and Michael Linton Simpson participated. Work began on July 9th, and each artist was free to do his or her own work. Financial support for the mural came from the Temescal Telegraph BID, Kelly-Moore Paints and Mark’s Paint Spot. The name of the mural is “Roman Chariot.”

View the photos on Flickr.

Peonies — the official flower of sooz.com

Growing up in Nebraska, peony bushes lined the back of my grandparents house in Fremont. On Memorial Day Weekend, we’d cut the flowers and put them in mason jars to bring to relatives graves around northeastern Nebraska. Ever since then, peonies (and lilacs) have been my favorite flower. They only bloom for a few weeks in May and early June — not long enough!

I took this photo of two pink peonies in Central Square in front of Betahouse. View the image on Flickr to see a larger view of the flowers.

Two Friends

The Evolving Photographer And Her Quest For Photo Credits

I might not be the next Annie Leibovitz; but I’ve definitely been improving my photo skills in the past year. It’s a fun adventure (and an expensive habit buying new lenses, etc!).

I discovered that Yahoo! News is using two photos (1, 2) I took of John McCain (in 2005 when he spoke at a Harvard Bookstore event) on their presidential campaign page about him. My photos are featured with four other photos posted on Flickr of John McCain.

Above the Flickr photos there’s an Associated Press photo. You’ll know it’s an AP photo because there’s a photo credit at the bottom of it. There are no credits below my photos. The only reference to any sort of credit is “From McCain ’08 Flickr Photos” noted above the photos.

I double checked the license on these photos and they both have “all rights reserved” — but I’m willing to give Yahoo! the benefit of the doubt since I’ve changed my license a few times and it might have been a variation of a Creative Commons license when they grabbed the photos. At the very least the photos would have an attribution requirement. I looked at one of the other photos featured on the McCain page, and they have a Creative Commons license that requires attribution.

David Fischer and I had a mini-conversation about this on Twitter earlier today. David mentioned:

“@Sooz The lack of credit from Yahoo is disturbing. I’m worried about this Getty Images/Flickr thing and the bill they are pressing in congress.”

I can’t figure out why Flickr (by way of their parent company Yahoo!) would ignore creative commons licenses. What am I missing?

(If you’re wondering why in the world I took photos of John McCain — don’t worry, I’m not a McCain supporter. It was just one of many Harvard Bookstore events I’ve attended over the years.)