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The Obsidian Age
Photos & Art by James Velasquez

Welcome to an exploration of artistic ideas and concepts that I’m currently working on including photos, videos, drawings and a variety of mediums.

Most of what I post is my own work, but occasionally, I may also post things which were not originally mine, always citing the original sources whenever possible.

Besides working in theatre and music, I’m also a freelance artist, photographer and designer based in New Orleans.
Down the Rabbit Hole on Flickr.


This is fantastic: The Guardian imagines how we might cover the story of the Three Little Pigs today.


Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” Teased in TEDTalk From the Future [VIDEO]

LONG BEACH, Calif. — The crowd at TED got a glimpse into the upcoming Ridley Scott sci-fi film “Prometheus” on Tuesday, in the form of a video of a TEDTalk that takes place in 2023.

Although not a clip from the movie itself, the futuristic talk is given by Guy Pearce, who stars in the film, and offers some clues to the plotline. At one point, Pearce, who plays CEO of the fictitious Weyland Corporation in Prometheus, says, “At this moment in our civilization, we can create cybernetic individuals, who in just a few short years will be completely indistinguishable from us.”

In an interview with TED, Luke Scott (Ridley’s son), who directed the clip, explained the thinking behind the teaser. “Prometheus takes place in the future, but it’s a movie about ideas, and I just felt like it would be really cool to have one of the characters from the movie give a TEDTalk. Obviously, since the movie is set in the distant future … wouldn’t it be cool if it was a TED talk from a decade in the future? And what is a TEDTalk going to look like in 10 years?,” he said.

Offering some further clues as to what the world of Prometheus might look like, the TED website offers a bio for Pearce’s character, writing, “… It would be his dynamic break-throughs in generating synthetic atmosphere above the polar ice cap that gained him worldwide recognition and spawned an empire. In less than a decade, Weyland Corporation became a worldwide leader in emerging technologies and launched the first privatized industrial mission to leave the planet Earth.”

The film is due out in June of this year. It was previously teased at Comic Con and already has 100,000 fans on its official Facebook page.

The Pulse of the Beat on Flickr.
The Beat of the Street on Flickr.
The Steps on Flickr.

The Steps on Flickr.

The Ice Storm on Flickr.

The Ice Storm on Flickr.

Dream Country on Flickr.

Dream Country on Flickr.

Wonder on Flickr.

Wonder on Flickr.

Marching through the Streets on Flickr.