Sunday, February 28, 2010

Walk in the park

Another fantastic portrait shoot by my recently added Flickr friend Renee Rocket. She takes full advantage of the beauty of her model, but the postprocessing really turns this shot into a gorgeous piece of art.

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Men in black and pink heads

Another shot by a Flickr friend who has become a regular feature in my blog in recent months: peggyhr. This particular photograph is a bit outside her usual topics, but it is a gorgeous atmospheric shot, with a very impressionist feeling to it.

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Et poivre

I'll repeat what I said last time: not only a regular contributor to my blogs, but also a very fine photographer: my Flickr friend jenny downing. A typical example of her style, tackling everyday scenes with a cutting edge dof and bokeh generator. I love how you can still clearly make out the contours of the pepper mill in the background.

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Precious

Another stunner from the stream of my favourite photographer on Flickr, aftab. The effect of the glowing mineral in its natural surrounding, with great tectures in the dark, is breathtaking.

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At every turn

Here we have another marvellous abstract shot by my Flickr friend SteffenTuck. Shots like these looks deceptively simple but it takes real genius to work out which minimalist composition will really work as an abstract. Exquisite.

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Tickle under the chin!

Let's have another Flickr Favourites Sunday, six very different images that I recently faved. We kick off with my British Flickr friend Adrian (adrians_art), who was one of the very first friends I made on Flickr actually. This unique horse shot is more drole and less romantic than most of his output - and I love it.

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Crashed

Buried within a rather uninteresting series of shots of crashed Winter Olympics participants, this one stood out for its photographic qualities. Chile's Noelle Barahona crashes in the finish area during the Women's downhill and becomes one with the poster used on the boarding.

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Canon Image Stabilizer

One of the best creative ads, and thanks once more to Jenny Downing for pointing this one out. The best examples of this genre, like this one, combine a brilliant idea (the tripod theme) with such a natural execution that it makes you wonder: why did I not think of that?

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Shanghai dreams

The National Geographic site recently ran an interesting special on one of the most fascinating cities in the world, Shanghai. The photographs of Fritz Hoffmann document the contrasts in this metropolis, from the ultra-modern high-rise buildings to the old neighbourhoods.

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Air Bougereau

More photoshop brilliance taken from the advanced photoshop contest section of Worth1000. Here is a shot created by their member katdamage for the Art ads 2 contest - converting art into contemporary advertisements. In this case, a nude by Bougereau was used as the base for a very convincing Nike advertisement.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Morning sun

A snapshot taken in the park during an early morning walk with the dog, capturing geese against the morning sky. I hesitated to put it on Flickr, but I'm glad I did, because it received a lot of positive reactions.

Camera: Canon EOS 400D Digital 10 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/640)
Aperture: f/11.0
Focal Length: 200 mm
ISO speed 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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I still haven't found what I'm looking for

One of the better singles of U2, one of my favourite groups of all time. This track from the 1987 album The Joshua tree was a deserved world-wide hit. A very classy cover as well, in subdued black and white tones. More about U2 on the linked wikipedia page.

Crime scene

Sometimes you come across really great images on the web, but without information attached to them. I decided to start a new subject for these, titled A is for anonymous. I will include the link where I found the shot, and anybody who can provide more information on these pictures, please leave a comment or mail me. This is from a site with a number of fascinating wallpapers that Jenny Downing sent me earlier this month. A number of these are great examples of photo art and I find it a pity that I cannot credit the creator.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bothanica

Earlier this month, a dancer of the Momix Dance Theatre Company performed a scene of Bothanica at the Olympic Theatre in Rome. Beautiful piece of art journalism photography.

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Dodgeball

Thurber's 2004 Dodgeball is one of my favourite comedies of the century so far - and one of the few movies I bought on DVD for repeated watching. It is hilariously over the top in all aspects and amazingly funny. The poster is a brilliant creation as well. More on this movie in the IMDB article linked to below.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Steve Shaw

Britain's Steve Shaw is one of the leading fashion and glamour photographers, and I was surprised to see he had not made wikipedia yet. This beautiful black and white study of Kylie Minogue is a good example of the simple elegance of his art. More of the artist's work on the linked web site.

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BOC90

This highly original advertisement plays with the big size of the oven they want to sell in a brilliantly creative and ultimately very funny way.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Skin deep

I would have called it Split personality, but who am I to quibble with a real artist? Photomanipulation artist Michael Oswald transforms normal photographs into fantastical illustrations that are infinitely more interesting than reality. His style was described by himself as photo-manipulation on steroids, combining unique Photoshop techniques and digital painting.

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Institute for Sound and Vision Hilversum

Less than 20 minutes driving from our home, and I have not seen it yet.... I came across this gem in a book on modern architecture in the Netherlands. Designed by Willem Jan Neutelings and Michiel Riedijk, the building is conceived as a perfect cube, half of it buried underground, half of it wrapped in a luxurious skin of colorful cast-glass panels, depicting famous Dutch TV scenes. Wikepedia only has an entry for the institute with nothing about the building, so I am linking to an informative NY Times article instead.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Art for Art's sake

A fascinating experiment. Delgado, a successful progressive rock band from Bilbao, Spain, have released a concept album unlike any other for their fifth studio CD. They have taken seven UK chart hits from the seventies, made by artists who flirted with prog but never fully got there, and gave these songs a full-blown prog rock treatment - none of these covers last under 10 minutes. And no matter which one you try, you have to admire their musicality and good taste - and enjoy the result. On this album you will find their versions of 10CC's Art for art's sake, Bowie's Heroes, ELO's Rockaria!, Queen's Somebody to love, Supertramp's Dreamer, Roxy Music's Angel eyes, and Alan Parsons Project's Lucifer. My favourite record of recent months.

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 Delgado.
[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. The random quote that came up was by E.M. Forster: Works of art, in my opinion, are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order, and that is why, though I don't believe that only art matters, I do believe in Art for Art's sake . (I could not believe my eyes that this one actually came up).
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, China Now 5, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Backhand brush 50 White and Subway 85 Black, 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.

Marylin by Joana Vasconcelos

Here is a great piece of conceptual art that does not required six pages of explanation by the con-artist, but speaks to you immediately. Joana Vasconcelos created these high heels sculptures inspired by a Marylin Monroe movie - the conceptual duality being that the materials used are cooking pans, pointing out that according to some people modern-day women are expected to look beautiful in public, and do all the work around the house as well.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

You never came

Let's round off the series with a new name. One of the most recent additions to my small list of Flickr friends is amy_B123. She is a master in the use of textures to enhance the qualities of her shots. Whether or not the effect here is a texture (or completely natural fog), the result is an incredibly atmospheric winterscape in the city - with a perfect title. Exquisite piece of art.

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Water art: no rules

I have dubbed her "Queen of the water colours" before, for her fascinating series of abstracted water reflections. This recent shot shows that my Flickr friend peggyhr is also a master of the upside-down water reflection. The technique as such as not new (I have a few of them in my stream as well), but the effect in this shot is gorgeous, like an impressionist painting.

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Vortex

A debut in my blog for a recently added Flickr friend - but we have already encountered her name in the geisha series of Andy_57 last Wednesday, where she was involved in the concept, make-up and wardrobe. Here is one of her own photographs, demonstrating that Renee Rocket can compete with the best of them in this point as well. Beautiful model, and stunning feeling of motion.

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Softy...

High time for yet another appearance in my blog by my Flickr friend aftab. This may well be the most impressive flower macro I have ever seen, a symphony of droplets ad depth of field. Absolutely amazing shot.

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Hole in the ice

My Flickr friend tina_manthorpe is one of those gifted photographers who can see opportunities most people would pass by. This shot of a hole in the ice makes a stunning abstract - like an eye in the sky.

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