Sunday, October 22, 2017

A vineyard walk Lucca

Here is an artist who has not featured yet in the blog. I stumbled across this painting by British critic and painter John Ruskin (1819-1900) and it was love at first sight. It was painted in 1874 in a beautiful late romantic style, with a subject that appeals to me. More about Ruskin in the linked Wikipedia article.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Organ photography by Robert Götzfried

German photographer Robert Götzfried has many special projects on his web site, but the one that really stands out for me is his series of organ photographs. Beautiful symmetry, excellent depictions. I post a selection of nine above, there are many more on the linked site.

Copyright statement: all images selected and displayed above are thumbnail size and therefore considered fair use.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Copyright = Right to copy?

It must be very annoying to see your own creative work stolen and sold by someone else. The linked blog post in Bored Panda gives dozens of examples, the culprits ranging from individuals to big companies like Disney (example above), Zara, and Ford.

Copyright statement: image created via the Photofunia site, who explicitly state that their images have no copyright issues. The included images taken from the linked post are thumbnail size and considered fair use.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Vichy patterns

Definitely one of my own favourites of the year, and also a shot that received many positive reactions on Flickr - becoming my 78th shot to reach Flickr Explore, the 500 most interesting photographs of the day, and currently my 4th most-faved picture of all time. This architectural abstract was shot in a public bathhouse in Vichy (France) - it is a close-up of the ceiling shot at an angle that makes it even more abstract (as well as providing a strong diagonal composition). The ceiling itself can be seen here.

Camera: Nikon D7000 (Nikkor 18-300 mm), 16 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.0016 sec (1/640)
Aperture: f/13.0
Focal Length: 18.3 mm
ISO Speed: 1000
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The numbers game

Another example of digital art made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). In this case, I took a photograph of milk bottle caps in the Arnhem Open air museum, and a painting by Anselm Kiefer (Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom 1999). The result is as Kieferesque as I had hoped.The link leads to the original photograph.

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

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Smalltown boy

This has got to be one of the best covers I've heard in years. The original song is one of my favourites from the eighties, Smalltown boy by Bronski Beat. The cover is by the Swedish singer Emmon (Emma Nylen), a beautiful remake which comes close to the original in my appreciation. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

Copyright statement: image licensed by Petter Duvander (CC BY-SA 2.0).

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.

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

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.

Copyright statement: lower resolution images of album covers considered fair use.

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.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

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.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

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.

Copyright statement: image based on a photograph created by myself. Copyright Hennie Schaper.  The included images are thumbnail size and therefore considered fair use.

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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.

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

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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.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

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.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

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).

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

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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