Monday, October 16, 2017

Itsy

It's that time of year again, when spider webs seem to pop up almost everywhere outside. This is one of the best photographs on this subject that I've seen, combining perfect focus with great composition and colours. A little gem by my Flickr friend Sibilla Horst.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

One hour by the concrete lake

The Swedish band Pain of Salvation is one of my top favourites in the prog metal genre. Excellent music, and more often than not interesting covers as well. This is one of the best, their 1999 album One hour by the concrete lake.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Fifteen art controversies

The linked art-icle (not safe for work) gives an interesting overview of 15 controversial pieces of art from 1865 to 2014, divided per category (culture, politics, sexuality). Some logical candidates, such as Duchamp's Fountain (picture above), Courbet's The origin of the world, and Picasso's Guernica, but also lots of less known and very interesting examples. Recommended reading.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Curves

One of my favourite pictures of the year, and good reactions on Flickr as well. Simply turning a roof tiles shot upside down creates a sense of disorientation and abstraction.

Camera: Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-300 mm), 16 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture: f/8.0
Focal Length: 26.7 mm
ISO Speed: 1000
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

Copyright statement: image created by myself. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Eyes of Laura Mars

The poster for this 1978 Kershner movie is rightfully claimed as one of the best of the decade. Minimal and effective.

Copyright statement: lower resolution images of movie posters considered fair use.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

I'm happy go lucky

Once more a great sheet music cover from almost a century ago. This song with lyrics by Freedman and music by Squires is from 1919. The illustration is by someone called Natvick.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Potpourri [12]

An overview of recent images that would have ended up in my parallel blog Art's Potpourri (now stopped). Clicking the icons in the left side of the table takes you to the picture on the site where I found it in a new window. The text includes a link to the site.

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Disney did it.... It's a running gag that whatever plot you think of, The Simpsons already did it. Well, Disney did it before the Simpsons. The linked article gives 5 examples, the most stunning a rather complete anticipation of the movie Inception (Amazing Stuff). First seen here.
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In their natural habitat. An awesome photograph, combining an intelligent and novel idea with excellent execution. I have tried to find out who is behind the image, but although it is shared abundantly, no-one seems to know who made it (Remarkable Art). First seen here.
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Traffic signs art. A very special form of graffiti: changing existing traffic signs in an unexpected and often very funny way. I selected the spilled wine image, but there are plenty of others in the link to look at and have a chuckle (Just for Fun). First seen here.
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Eco-branding logos. Logos are very important and quite some effort (and money) goes into designing them. What if amazing though is that 'lite' versions of the famous logos can be made that work just as well, with 10-40% less ink used (Special Designs). First seen here.
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It's a small world after all. Photomicrography of nature is a fascinating subject, and the winners of the 2017 Nikon contest are absolutely fantastic. I love the patterns seen when a sea cucumber skin is shot at 100x magnification (Amazing Stuff). First seen here.
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Corp Gear. An interesting art concept that looks good and makes you think as well: New York-based artist Tom Galle converts well-known company logos, such as Nike, Mercedes, and McDonalds, into remarkably realistic weapons (Remarkable Art). First seen here.
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When AI gets it wrong. This one is really funny. An AI program tries to 'guess' what it sees in a series of photographs - and it is often completely wrong. As an example, it sees the aerial photograph of  the St. Peter's cathedral in the Vatican as a table full of food (Mixed Nuts). First seen here.
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Arrangements. Nashville, Tennessee-based photographer Emily Blincoe arranges various everyday objects into striking compositions, organized by color, shape, and size. I really love this one with a series of matches, partially burned (Remarkable Art). First seen here.

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Monday, October 09, 2017

Belford #1

After an absence of a few months, my favourite abstract photographer Lorraine Kerr has posted again on Flickr. This is a perfect example of her ability to spot abstract opportunities where most photographers would not see them. In this case, a curtain in the window of an abandoned shop.

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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Vogue August 1922

Don't let the "August" fool you - the image on this vintage Vogue cover is suitably autumnal, because the main theme of the issue is fall fashion. It was created by Henry R. Sutter.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Back home again

Back home in our beautiful Kampen after a 9 days tour through Germany, Switzerland and France, to visit family and friends. For the occasion, a fauvist rendering of Kampen as seen from the New Tower (built in the 17th century). As usual, I used the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here), mixing a photograph I took myself, and this time a painting by Andre Derain (Port with Lighthouse). The link leads to the original photograph.

Copyright statement: image created via the DeepArt site from one of my original images. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Paris at the turn of the century

The linked collection of fifty photographs by Eugène Atget depicting Paris around 1900 is a must-see for anyone who has strong feelings about the City of light. It shows the beauty and the ugliness as well.

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Thursday, October 05, 2017

Pier

If I had to list my 10 all-time favourite painters, there's a good chance that one of the spots would go to Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956). This work from 1920 is another great example of his cubist expressionist style.

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Pneu Vélo Lefort

Taken from a series of blog posts in Arts & Artists on the poster art of Leonetto Cappiello (1875 – 1942). His work is among the best of the golden years of posters, and they stand out by their relatively modern design, and often a grim sense of humour. This particular one from 1911 shows how a horde of mice crush their teeth trying to bite through the strong new bicycle tires of Lefort (what's in a name).

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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Ripped in September

A selected overview of culture stars relevant to my own tastes who passed away this month. Rest in peace.

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Walter Becker (67), American musician, songwriter, and record producer. He was best known as the co-founder, guitarist, bassist, and co-songwriter of Steely Dan. Good photographer as well (album covers).
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Holger Czukay (79), German musician, co-founder of the krautrock group Can. His two albums with David Sylvian are excellent examples of experimental prog in the 80s.
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Derek Bourgeois (75), British composer. He composed 114 symphonies, and I have not heard a single one of them. 
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Riem de Wolff (74), Dutch singer. With his brother he founded the Blue Diamonds, who scored a multi-million seller with Ramona.
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Ata Kandó (103), Dutch-Hungarian photographer. Famous for children photography, fashion shoots and images form the Amazon.
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Pete Turner (83), American photographer. Known as one of the first masters of color photography, and the use of his shots in numerous jazz album covers.
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Cees Bergman (65), Dutch singer and producer. He was the lead singer of glam rock band Catapult, who are represented on our car USB stick wth a handful of hits.

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Sunday, October 01, 2017

Moonmadness

A piece of nostalgia: Camel was one of the first prog bands beyond Genesis and Pink Floyd that I explored, in particular this album from 1976 and Mirage from 1974. As so often with this band, the cover design is exquisite as well. it is credited to an artist (or artist group) called Field.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

If you ever come to Amsterdam

The Dutch band Pussycat is known internationally mainly for their mega-hit Mississippi, which made the #1 spot in various countries, including the UK. Often thought of as a one hit wonder, they had over a dozen hits in the Netherlands, including a handful that are to my taste far superior to their signature song. My personal favourite of the bunch is the beautiful ballad If you ever come to Amsterdam. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Potpourri [11]

An overview of recent images that would have ended up in my parallel blog Art's Potpourri (now stopped). Clicking the icons in the left side of the table takes you to the picture on the site where I found it in a new window. The text includes a link to the site.

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That's one way to face traveling.... Finding your suitcase at the airport after arrival can be quite a hassle - enter this genius gimmick. Enter Head Case, an instantly recognizable personalized suitcase cover, based on your submitted photograph (Special Designs). First seen here.
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Urban geodes. This art project by Los Angeles based artist Artist Paige Smith, also known as A Common Name, is beautiful, fun and useful. She fills cracks and holes in walls with handmade geode-like paper crystals in various shades (Remarkable Art). First seen here.
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Quirky bar soaps. The Whiskey River Soap Co. offers this line of special soaps with hilarious texts printed on the packing, aiming tongue-in-cheek at introverts, people suffering fro writer's block, hipsters, geeks, grammar police and so on (Special Designs). First seen here.
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Simpsons wine bottles. Perhaps these are not special enough to feature under Special Designs, but they sure are funny: a pair of wine bottles modeled on the iconic pop culture figures of Homer and Marge Simpson, with more than a hint of Mondriaan (Just for Fun). First seen here.
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Crap! It's the Hermit crab from hell! Apparently this is not Photoshopped, but if you would encounter it on a beach at night you might need some clean pants. This Hermit crab decided to use a doll's head as his new house (Amazing Stuff). First seen here.
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Cave of Crystals. This cave in Chihuahua, Mexico contains some of the largest natural selenite crystals known to man. Located 300 m below ground level, its conditions (60 deg.C, 90% humidity) made crystals grow to a size of up to 12 m (Natural Beauty). First seen here.
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Zebra crossing in 3D. Someone in a town in Iceland  came up with this brilliant idea: a regular zebra crossing was transformed into an optical illusion in 3D, aiming for drivers to really slow down, as their instincts tell them they may hit these 'blocks' (Amazing Stuff). First seen here.
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Carp pencil case. For a price of less than five dollars, this stunningly life-like and extremely unusual (yet odorless) pencil case is a steal. I'm off to check whether the German Amazon also has it in its inventory......... (Special Designs). First seen here.

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