Saturday, June 25, 2016

The scent of green papaya

My wife asked me to check out this 1993 Vietnamese movie for her in the library - and I fell in love with the poster. Exotisicm at its most beautiful.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Diagonal abstraction

One of my more popular shots of recent weeks. For a few days, a large ship was moored near our home that normally does not come to Kampen, and I took the opportunity to snap a few abstract shots of its hull.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/6.3
Focal Length: 41.8 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Thursday, June 23, 2016

We remain

To Brexit or not to Brexit - that is the question of the day. For various reasons (not least financial) I would prefer the Bremain fraction to win today. And this Christina Aguilera single cover is a nice piece of eye candy for the blog anyway. More about Christina Aguilera on the linked Wikipedia page.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Potpourri: Score!

From time to time I will be highlighting some of my own favourite posts in my parallel blog, Art's Potpourri. These can be recent or from some time ago. This one was originally posted 1 June 2014.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


For the start of summer: Peter Gabriel's version of Gershwin's classic Summertime. This is taken from the album The glory of Gershwin, featuring harmonica virtuoso Larry Adler and various vocalists.
Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).


Monday, June 20, 2016

Sonus piano

Taken from a post about modern piano designs. This one by Italian digital graphic designer Nicola Russo really jumped out at me.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Vogue March 1934

Another post with a France/Paris theme, courtesy of the currently ongoing UEFA Euro2016 championship. This is a Vogue cover from 1936. No information on its creator.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Lake Lucerne

German expressionist artist Emil Nolde has featured only once in the blog so far - let's double his contribution. His expressionist land- and seascapes are brilliant, and I like this effort from 1930 in particular. More about Nolde in the Wikipedia article linked to below.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Rusty abstraction

When I post one of my own photographs, it is either because I love the shot myself, or because it received a lot of positive responses. This one falls just short on both accounts, but I include it anyway. It is very representative of my abstract photography, in this case what I call found abstracts: a zoom in on a rusty container door.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

In memory of the Orlando shooting victims

A very symbolic news photograph in memory of the Orlando shooting victims. The flags flying at half mast contrast beautifully with the sky and the two silhouetted runners - reminding us that life always goes on. As always, all rights retained by the photographer (J David Ake/AP).

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The eye of the tiger

Another example of digital art made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). I submitted a photograph of a tiger I took years ago in the Shanghai zoo, and a painting by Feininger (link here). The result is a nice piece of cubism. The link leads to the original photograph.

Monday, June 13, 2016


Continuing from yesterday's post: Californian artist Globelamp really deserves more attention. From her songs available on YouTube, I selected the beautiful Artist/Traveler. Great video as well. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).


Sunday, June 12, 2016

The orange glow

Yesterday I was browsing a music blog about recent releases, and this cover jumped out at me. Globelamp is Elizabeth le Fey from California. The cover is daringly original, as well as suggestive of the type of music (described on her FaceBook page as psychedelic folk - you can sample it here).

Saturday, June 11, 2016


This poster for the 2015 Tom McCarthy movie Spotlight is as minimal as they come - and I love it!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Paris Tabou April 1950

Tiday is the kick-off of the UEFA Euro 2016 European Championship football in Paris. I thought this quirky magazine cover would be fitting for the occasion. Paris Tabou was a pin-up magazine that debuted in 1949. The cover is by Gino Boccasile.


Thursday, June 09, 2016

Yellow fever

Another image from my CoolArt series: my wife's paintings reflected in the crumbled surface of an aluminium cooling bag. This is one of my favourites, even though it did not get much response on Flickr (although oddly enough it was viewed far more than average).

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 250
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Wednesday, June 08, 2016

A-B Aerotransport

A beautiful Art Deco poster for the Swedish airline A-B Aerotransport. It is from 1932, but I could not get more information.

Vintage Posters

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Don't you want me

No special reason, just came across the song once more last weekend. If I wanted to compile a soundtrack to the eighties, this one would be in, both for musical and emotional reasons. The huge hit single from their third and best album Dare defines what post-punk was all about: an extravagant use of synthesizers, and an infectious fascination with fashion in themes and appearances, set against beautiful yet danceable melodies. Decades later, this songs still sounds as fresh as on the day of its release. The theme of the lyrics is not that original (unanswered love), but its execution, with female band member Joanne Catheral taking a large part of the vocals in line with the story line, is great. Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).


Monday, June 06, 2016

Peony pavillion

One of my wife's personal favourites. She created this Chinese scenery several years ago, inspired by the centuries old play written by Tang Xianzu in the Ming Dynasty. It takes a prominent place in our gallery.

The Art of Lu Schaper