Sunday, December 31, 2017

Pure champagne

It's that time of year... pop open a nice bottle of champagne (like we will do) and toast to a great 2018. The poster was designed by Leonetto Cappiello (1875 – 1942).

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Keeper Dozen 2017

I'm rather pleased with this year's crop of my photography - therefore I decided to revive the old Keeper Dozen idea (I last did one in 2014). It was Ansel Adams who first coined this term - stating that one dozen photographs you are happy with over a 12 months period is a good achievement. Here are mine, with links to their appearance in the blog. As was to be expected, abstract images dominate. Also, two of the three shots I had in Flickr Explore this year did not make the cut.

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

Friday, December 29, 2017

I can see the sun in late December

If nothing else, the title of this 1975 song is very timely. But it is actually a beautiful song from the Dutch band Lucifer, and deserves to be heard widely (although people from outside the Netherlands may know this Stevie Wonder song in the Roberta Flack cover). Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

Copyright statement:image created via the Photofunia site, who explicitly state that their images have no copyright issues. The album cover included in the image is thumbnail size and therefore considered fair use.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Stockio

Another copyright free photographs web site to add to the ones I posted about before: Stockio. The shot above came up in a search for "art rock".

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Wind of Okhotsk by Ying Yin

A stunning photography project by Chinese photographer Ying Yin. She shot these winter landscapes while traveling across the Japanese island Hokkaido on the winter train "Wind of Okhotsk", capturing the cities and villages covered in drifts of snow, frequently functioning as a frame within the frame. These hauntingly beautiful images (do click the link to see them larger) sometimes remind me of Hopper paintings.

Copyright statement: image created from nine original images in the link. each thumbnail size, so considered fair use.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas everybody!

My wife and I wish all our family, friends and readers of this blog a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Copyright statement: image created by Lu Schaper. Copyright Lu Schaper.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Vogue December 1918

A special seasonal cover of Vogue of almost a century ago to the day. This image by the famous illustrator Helen Dryden was inspired by the troops returning home after the bitter four years of the Great War. Peace on Earth please.

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Woman with blue eyes

Another one of those instantly recognizable portraits by Italian grandmaster Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920). This one was created in 1919. More about Modigliani in the linked Wikipedia article.

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Friday, December 22, 2017

To the edge

My final post for the year in this category. I took this silhouette shot last September. It is an art piece displayed near the entrance of the Arnhem Open Air Museum. The black and white conversion makes for a striking silhouette effect. Not a crowd favourite, but I kind of like it and it fits the blog theme in more ways than one.

Camera: Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-300 mm), 16 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/11.0
Focal Length: 50.4 mm
ISO Speed: 1000
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The complete organ works of Bach

The organ works composed by the likes of Reger, Tournemire, Mendelssohn, Widor, Schmidt, Dupre and Vierne may be awesome, but they all pale in comparison to the absolute master of the instrument, Johann Sebastian Bach. The linked web site gives an overview of his complete oeuvre (which would require 15-20 CDs), all played on original baroque organs in Germany - and every single one can be downloaded for free. A treat!

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Ocean's 8

This Gary Ross movie is scheduled for release in the summer of 2018, but the poster campaign has already started. And it's a real beauty!

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

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Motor December 1921

A very stylish and atmospheric cover for the magazine Motor, dating back to almost a century ago. It was designed by Ruth Eastman.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Tungsram lights

As we are entering "the dark days before Christmas" (an expression in Dutch), I thought a vintage poster for light bulbs would be appropriate. This Hungarian example is from 1913, and looks more modern than that to me. It was created by illustrator Geza Farago.

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Potpourri [15]

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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Ghost clock. This museum item left many people wondering: why did someone cover a clock in a cloak? Only on close inspection (or by reading the info) did they find out that both clock and cloak are actually sculpted. A stunning piece by Wendell Castle (Remarkable Art). First seen here.
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Baby stingrays. Taken from a post about items that look like food. The comment included at this shot could also have put this under the Just for fun category: "these baby stingrays look like raviolis stuffed with tiny damned souls" (Natural Beauty). First seen here.
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The Bezold effect. Named after a German professor who libed over a century ago, this optical illusion effect shows that colours change appearance depending on the background - in this new example, the central bar is actually of shade of grey (Amazing Stuff). First seen here.
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American pie. This blueberry pie is just one example of the beautiful pies that Lauren Ko from Seattle (USA) creates - if they are half as delicious as they are visually attractive, her customers are in for a unique treat indeed (Special Designs). First seen here.
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Utopia. The albums of quirky Icelandic singer Björk usually combine interesting music with fascinating cover designs. I have not heard her latest effort yet, but the cover is like something that crawled out of a horror movie (Mixed Nuts). First seen here.
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Perfectly timed photographs. I never get tired of these shot, where the photographer was at just the right place and time. This is my personal favourite, but there are dozens more - most of them fairly new, but unfortunately uncredited - in the link (Amazing Stuff). First seen here.
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Interloop. Sydney’s Wynyard Station first installed a pair of wooden escalators in 1931, but had them replaced recently with their modern counterparts. Artist Chris Fox used them for this fascinating piece of installation art (Remarkable Art). First seen here.
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Hole in one. Just one of the examples in the link of  funny wildlife photographs. This shot of a fox ruining the golf course is by Douglas Croft - I recommend clicking the link, if only for the winner, a sequence of four owl shots that is priceless (Just for Fun). First seen here.


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