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Where in the World was Sean?

    Hints & Clues, from mees to youz...


- It's a Greek artifact from the Cyprus in a collection of Cypriot Antiquities

- While on assignment for a travel magazine, I was given special permission to photograph at this location which was next to a large body of water

- The museum was established in 1927 as a legacy to a couple born shortly after the civil war, living into the 20th century. The man was well known throughout the world, but not for his museum- he built an empire and entertained the world.

- They house over 10,000 pieces of art including European paintings, Cypriot antiquities, Asian Art, American paintings, and contemporary art.

- I had to travel by air for a number of hours to arrive at this location (from my California home), landing in a torrential rain storm, loading all my camera and lighting equipment into my rental vehicle, ready for a two week shoot at this tourist destination.

- What continent was I on? One that is rich in history and culture- that's all your gettin' from me on this one!

Take a wild guess!!!!!

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1/1/2008 8:02:11 AM

Beverly Belcamino
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/10/2005

My guess is the Ringling Museum in Florida--Ringling Bros Circus entertained the world! Near the gulf of Mexico.

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1/9/2008 3:55:15 AM

Peter W. Marks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/5/2006

A very happy New Year to you and yours Sean.
I retired from work last week so I have even more time to waste on this crazyness!
We have to start somewhere so I am going with :-
1) Body of water - Mediterranean

2) Continent -Asia

The sculpture I would guess is from around 600BC or much earlier- but you didn't ask us that! Greek sculptures were much more sophisticated after this period.

3) No idea who the philanthropic couple might be or where the museum is.


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1/9/2008 6:06:50 AM

Sergio Izquierdo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2004

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida.

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1/9/2008 6:27:32 AM

Peter W. Marks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/5/2006

I think Sergio might have nailed it except for Sean's clue "What continent.... One that is rich in history and CULTURE (Culture-sheesh!)" lol


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1/9/2008 6:39:26 AM


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Finally! This what up for almost a week before any responses, and because of this, I'm not giving the answer. That's it- I'm done- forget this.


Wait wait!!! Don't leave. Okay, let's get to it:

First off, Peter, congrats on your retirement! If you ever want to work for free, with long hours and no benefits, I need an assistant- especially one with a potential English accent- it'll give a nice flare to my business....maybe bring it some 'culture'....can you answer phones?

As far as if Sergio or Beverly are right, well you ain't getting nothin' out of me until next week!

Happy Wednesday everyone- courses begin!

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1/9/2008 9:21:56 AM


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oops! "This was up" on "This what up"....falling back into my gipsy street days

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1/9/2008 9:26:28 AM

Gerry Seaborn  

Turkey came to me so, that's it. Shaloam.

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1/9/2008 7:23:26 PM


Thanks Gerry- good guess- keep 'em coming!

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1/9/2008 8:48:55 PM

Peter W. Marks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/5/2006

There's a great offer Sean! My last employers made me pay them to work there!
Now listen up my friend. Are you sure this sculpture is Greek? It appears as if it might be made of terracotta and thus I am inclined to think it is Etruscan. Their work was influenced by the Greeks and it may be a sculpture of the Greek god Hermes.
For your next Where in the World do you think you might find an image of a big red double-deck bus, a red telephone box and a big clock on top of a tower and let me be the first to get it right? My brain is hurting.

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1/10/2008 6:46:22 PM


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The job offer is always there my friend. :)

In regard to the sculpture, it's actually a type of stone, I believe sand stone, and definitely Greek (when I'm on the road, on assignment, I always have to take detailed notes on everything I shoot, which is great for all my captions later on).

As an Iranian-American who lived in Tehran in the 70s as well, it also has a similar feel to persian artifacts and sculptures.

And yes, my next "Where Was I" will be Big's that?

Have a wonderful Friday!

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1/10/2008 10:36:37 PM


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Well folks - I got a shoot in Mexico City next week, and with all the craziness of my Exposure course, planning this shoot, and finishing my Exposure book, I gotta get all my work done!

So I've posted the answer- I guess I thought I'd fool more with less info this month, but I didn't - just WAIT 'til next month- I'll be 50 miles from Timbuktu and you'll never guess my location!!! NEVER!!!!!

(nice job to Beverly for the first correct guess, and Sergio as well...MAN, you guys are Googling the answer that is!! Just kidding- great job and thanks for playing).

Have a great weekend! Hope I don't get Montezuma's Revenge next week- aaayyy!!!!

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1/12/2008 10:07:47 AM

Peter W. Marks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/5/2006

OK Sean, I was just one web-page short of getting the right answer myself. I had been looking through your gallery on BP and for some reason stopped on page 9. Today I took a look at the last page and there was the image of the John and Mabel Ringling Museum- the answer staring me in the face!
I also took a look at your home town just in case you show us an image of your back yard with some cryptic clues.
Have a good one friend.


Oh, by the way, I Google Earthed Timbuktu and already have the answer. Your camel is already waiting on a parking meter with a clamp on each hoof so unless you have got one heck of a load of CFA francs I know where you will be!.

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1/13/2008 7:01:24 PM


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As far as camels go, I've never been on one, but on my various assignments around the world, I have been mountain biking, horseback riding, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, backpacking, sailing- ridden in a longboat, various touring vehicles, and helicoptered over jungles, mountains, and oceans.... probably other stuff I can't remember too.

And yes, next month's 'where was I' will be of an ant in my backyard with no clues- finally I'll get one over on all of you!


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1/13/2008 7:48:56 PM

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