Sunday, October 13, 2019

The first time ever I saw your face

While we were sitting in our gallery yesterday, I played a couple of CD's by one of my favourite jazz singers, Karrin Allyson. On one of them, she covered one of my all-time favourite pop/rock songs, The first time ever I saw your face (famous in the version by Roberta Flack). Karrin's cover is very impressive as well, so I decided to include it in the blog.

Copyright statement: image by Tom Beetz (CC by 2.0 licence).

Saturday, October 12, 2019

PLM: London-Vichy

A famous vintage art deco travel poster from 1927 for the PLM company, advertising train trips from London to Vichy by luxurious Pullman trains. The poster was designed by French illustrator Jean-Raoul Chaurand-Naurac (1878 - 1948).

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Ice scraper

In this category of Flickr Favourites, we return once more to the oeuvre of my Flickr friend tapatim. A brilliant way to turn something as ordinary as an ice scraper into a colourful abstract.

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

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Schizophrenia

This advertisement is at the same time highly creative, very disturbing and quite effective in hitting home the message. The small sign on the mirror says: "Schizophrenia can be treated. Seek help!"

Copyright statement: images of advertisements considered fair use

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Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Melancholy woman

As I stated before in the blog, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) may be generally recognized as the most important painter of the 20th century, but he is not among my personal favourites. I should make an exception for his blue period, which yielded many works I do appreciate, such as Melancholy woman from 1902. More about Picasso on the linked Wikipedia page.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Joan Crawford

Actress Joan Crawford is not the typical flapper girl, and also not a particular favourite of mine. Still, this 1928 image of her immediately caught my attention. Undoubtedly because of the quality of the photographer: Ruth Harriet Louise (1903-1940), the first woman photographer active in Hollywood.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Monday, October 07, 2019

Vogue November 1912

As we are slowly moving into autumn, a suitable vintage Vogue cover from over a century ago. This one was based on an illustration by the famous Helen Dryden.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Life on Mars?

Another beautiful cover from the Postmodern Jukebox project. Here we have Bowie's immortal Life on Mars? in a smoky jazz ballad cover by Olivia Kuper Harris. Astounding.

Copyright statement: screenshot from video deemed fair use.

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Tony Banks: Beyond the physical

The brilliant music interviews site Innerviews has featured a number of times already in the blog. The most recent addition is one of the most interesting: ex-Genesis member Tony Banks. Highly recommended.

Copyright statement: Image created by I, Hubertus [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)].

Friday, October 04, 2019

Motion Picture August 1923

I was surprised to see that the magazine Motion Picture, an American monthly fan magazine that was published from 1911 to 1977, had not featured yet in the blog. This cover features the lovely Bebe Daniels in cover art by Hal Phyfe.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Belt up!

Creative advertisements can be even more creative if they go from 2D to 3D. An excellent example, as submitted to me by Jenny Downing many years ago, is this advertisement for wearing seat belts on the back seat as well - or get catapulted out of your chair if you do not. Effective in-your-face advertising.

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Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Kaloderma

A beautiful German poster for Kaloderma soap from 1927. The design is by Jupp Wertz (1881-1939).

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Smoking hot

A beautiful 1922 fashion illustration to draw attention to Stoptober, the Dutch initiative to stop smoking starting this month. The robe depicted in this illustration by Thayaht, the pseudonym of artist and designer Ernesto Michahelles (1893–1959), is by Madeleine Vionnet.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Monday, September 30, 2019

The rhythm section

This poster for the coming Reed Morano thriller is attractive and effective. One would expect a romantic movie given the half-silhouette of actress Blake Lively in a dreamy setting - and then one notices the gun....

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

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Jailhouse rocks

One of the highlights of the trip to Leeuwarden was our first visit to the old prison, which is now used as hotel and office space, while preserving many of the aspects of its original purpose.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170 handheld
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal length: 4.5 mm
Exposure time: 1/20
ISO speed: 500
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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

Friday, September 27, 2019

Volvo for life

This creative ad for the Swedish car company Volvo is both hilarious in its concept and brilliant in its execution. Two thumbs up.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

You light up my life

This one is for my lovely wife: it was 20 years ago today that we got engaged (we've been married since March 2000). This song, most famous in the version by Debbie Boone, is one of the first we sang together at karaoke. I came across this cover by the Austrian ensemble Groove Cafe - and I quite like this version. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

Copyright statement: screenshot from video deemed fair use.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

New bats in old bellfries

My Flickr friend Lorraine Kerr has returned with some marvelous shots, first and foremost with this curvy abstract - which comes with an intriguing title. I love the detail of the different shades of grey in the two segments.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Oil on canvas

It's been a while since I last fooled around with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). Here we have the result of mixing a photograph I took myself of  a canvas sail in the Zuiderzee Museum Enkhuizen (link), and one of the beautiful abstracts by Zao Wou Ki (5T April). The image created this way is a beautiful blend of the inherent curves of the photograph and the painting's colour range.

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