Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Park girl

A chance encounter in the Kampen park between my Flickr friend Sibilla Horst and an unknown girl in the park. Result? A stunning portrait. The way the hat surrounds the face, emphasized by the view point, is excellent. A beauty.

Copyright statement: posted with explicit permission of the creator who retains all rights.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The princess and the dragon

When I came across this illustration by Elenore Abbott (1875-1935) for the Grimm fairy tale The two brothers last week, I immediately picked it for posting at 25th September. The title "The princess and the dragon" reminded me of my own princess and me exactly 19 years ago (I used to go by dragon-based nicknames on the internet at the time) - the day I asked her to marry me, and she said 'yes'.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Monday, September 24, 2018


There's a dark atmosphere in many of the paintings by German expressionist Marianne von Werefkin (1860-1938) - what the Germans would call "düster". This one is no exception - very impressive. I could find neither title (I improvised one based on the title of the file I downloaded), nor the year of creation. More about von Werefkin in the linked Wikipedia article.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Der Komissar

When we drove back home last week, the song "Der Komissar" by Austrian artist Falco (1957-1998) came up on the car MP3 USB stick - and we both enjoyed it very much. It has certainly aged well! Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

Copyright statement: screenshot from the video - deemed fair use.

Saturday, September 22, 2018


Colette is a 2018 dramatic biography, directed by Westmoreland, about author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. For the poster, one could argue that the designer has an easy job, being able to work with shots of a beautiful actress like Keira Knightley, dressed up in vintage costumes. Still, the result is excellent.

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

Friday, September 21, 2018

Led there be light

Not a personal favourite, but rather to my surprise it collected more faves than almost any other shot I put on Flickr the last few weeks. It is a close-up of a light in a bar where we drank coffee. And that's not a typo in the title.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.0025 sec (1/400)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Art created by Artificial Intelligence

The linked art-icle in the site gives a number of interesting examples of artists generating art work with the help of artificial intelligence - and the copyright issues associated with it. An interesting read.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Trimmed generation

Last week I added another Flickr friend to my short list, because I love the imaginative black and white photographs in the stream of Victor, who only uses smartphones. This is his most recent upload, and an instant fave. Awesome patterns, and the way it hints at being symmetrical while it clearly is not, tickles my mind.

Copyright statement: posted with explicit permission of the creator who retains all rights.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Banks of the Seine at Argenteuil

French painter Edouard Manet (1832-1883) has not featured enough in my blog. Here is one of his pre-impressionist outdoor paintings from 1874, displaying a scenery that has inspired many of his colleagues as well.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Monday, September 17, 2018


Facebook can be interesting, annoying, and anything in-between, but it is rare to encounter a gem like this. Colin Kouffeld is a fellow Kampen citizen, and his shot of the Broederpoort (one of three medieval gates still remaining) is breathtaking. The lighting reminds me of paintings by Dutch masters.

Copyright statement: posted with explicit permission of the creator who retains all rights.

Sunday, September 16, 2018


As they say: soon in a theater near you, Avery's movie Overlord. The description in the IMDB started off as I expected, but then took a left turn: "On the eve of D-Day, American paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines to carry out a mission crucial to the invasion's success. But as they approach their target, they begin to realize there is more going on in this Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation. They find themselves fighting against supernatural forces, part of a Nazi experiment." No, thanks. The poster though is right up my alley, minimalist, diagonal design, and clever duplicating images (blood droplets doubling up as parachutes).

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

Saturday, September 15, 2018

La cathedrale engloutie

Once more I used the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here), mixing a photograph I took myself of a church in Portugal (Santo Ildefonso church Porto), and a painting by Andre Derain (Port with Lighthouse). The result gives me the impression of a cathedral under water, which resulted in the title, after a Debussy composition.

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

Friday, September 14, 2018


As we slowly are moving into autumn, a suitable vintage poster advertising the Vauxhall car brand. Love the general atmosphere in this one, which dates back to 1920.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Thursday, September 13, 2018


A shot from a year ago that was quite popular on Flickr, but that did not end up in the blog for some reason. Time to rectify that. An abstract shot of some curtains.

Camera: Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-300 mm), 16 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 302 mm
ISO Speed: 1000
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0.

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

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Five minutes to make you love classical music

The premise in the linked art-icle is very interesting: eighteen classical music experts (composers, performers, critics) were asked which five minutes of music they would play to convince someone to fall in love with classical music. Some choices were to be expected (Beethoven, Ravel, Berlioz), some were surprising. In the latter category, I was delighted to see that one of my favourite contemporary concertos (Unsuk Chin's sheng concerto 'Su') got a mention. Well worth reading and listening to the excerpts.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Memories can be bad

Memories can be bad is a stunning debut album by percussionist Marie Schölzel. She tackles a baker's dozen of contemporary compositions, both for untuned and tuned percussion. It's a niche genre that Evelyn Glennie has dominated for decades, but the young Bavarian certainly appears to be ready to become a strong competitor. Strongly recommended.

The idea of this little game is to create an album cover for an imaginary artist/group, as well as an imaginary review, following these instructions: [1] The artist/group: go to the wiki random page generator. The first random Wikipedia article obtained this way is the name of the band or performer. In this case, I ended up with Marie Schölzel. [2] The title: go to the random quotations site. The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of the album (from 2014 onward: any part of a random quotation will do). The random quote that came up was by Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata: Memories can be sad, but sometimes they can also save you. [3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Bowled over, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Baskerville Old 24 White and Crazy Harold 40 White, respectively.

Note: this is a variation on the "Debut album game" that has been making its rounds around bulletin boards and blogs for some time now - the original version called for a random Flickr Explore photograph to be used as the cover. I have been trying to find out who had the original idea, but so far no success.

Copyright statement: image created by myself based on one of my photographs. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

Monday, September 10, 2018

No surprises (Cover)

Plenty of (pleasant) surprises actually. This is one of my favourite Radiohead songs in a stunning cover for classical guitar by João Fuss. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

Copyright statement: screenshot from the video - deemed fair use.

Sunday, September 09, 2018


I have no idea what this year's debut album by Argentinean artist Jazmín Esquivel sounds like, but I find the cover both intriguing and beautiful. I could not find information on the designer.

Copyright statement: low resolution pictures of album covers deemed fair use.

Saturday, September 08, 2018

The American Woman August 1919

This beautiful magazine cover is almost one hundred years old. It was created by Beryl Morse Greene. The link lets you browse the complete magazine.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.