Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sweet goodbyes

Keeping up with the going on holiday theme: Sweet goodbyes. This song is by a Dutch band (Krezip) whom I only discovered this year after they had already broken up in 2009. I heard this song on the car radio several times within a few weeks recently and fell in love with it. Great video as well.
Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player)


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hola! Barcelona!

Today the wife and I are leaving for a few weeks, a holiday that will in any case take us to Paris (as usual) and Barcelona (first time). I have pre-posted contributions to the blog, so that will continue, but comments will have to await moderation. Back by the end of October. For the occasion a great art deco travelling poster by Frederick Daniel Hardy on Barcelona.

Vintage Posters

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The right step

Another piece of evidence for the versatility of my Flickr friend aftab. This study is deceptively simple, but expertly done. I love the pose, especially the one foot lifted off partially, and the overall glow.

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Composition part 12: rule of odds

Continuing a series on basic composition rules to further enhance the quality of your photographs if you are not aware of them yet. Previous subjects:
The topic for this post is a slightly controversial one, because it is less intuitive. The rule of odds states that images are more visually appealing when there is an odd number of subjects (1-3-5-etc). Of course, many shots of a couple seem to break this rule immediately, but this needs a bit more thinking. Often couples are photographed in an intimate way, touching one another, effectively becoming one combined subject ("two become one" as the Spice Girls would sing). And indeed, when I take pictures of two colleagues, where that physical contact is obviously lacking, I tend to be far less satisfied with the results. This rule holds for persons, animals, objects... and of course is limited to small numbers: no-one will notice whether your sea shells shot has 123 or 124 of them in it. As an illustration, my shot Three of a kind. This shot would be less pleasing with just two of the peaks.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Blue pole

This shot is by the latest addition to my select group of Flickr friends, and like barbera (previous post in this topic), already one of the most impressive: ebergcanada. Wonderful abstraction of a fence with stunning colours.

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Yesterday was not only my wife's birthday, but also the day one of our favourite painters died, in 1914. aged 27: August Macke. This was his final creation, depicting the gloomy mood of a country going to war, a war that would claim his life just weeks later. More on Macke in the wikipedia article linked to below.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Happy Birthday Art Deco style

Another blog gift for my wife on her birthday. She loves Art Deco (I got my appreciation of the genre from her), and this is a wonderful example of this style.

Vintage Posters

Happy birthday princess!

Eleven years ago I asked you to marry me. Eleven years ago you said "yes". Here's to you, your health, and your career, and many more great years together.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

See you.....

One of the latest additions to my select group of Flickr friends, and one of the most impressive: barbera. The moment I came across this beauty in the list of faves of one of my other friends, I fell in love with it. Fascinating combination of colours and face image. An inspiring piece of art.

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Mark Shaw

American photographer Mark Shaw (1921-1969) may be remembered mainly for his portraits of the Kennedy family, but his elegant fashion photography in the fifties and sixties is amongst the best of all time. I came across an extensive overview of his work here, and in the end picked a shot of the young Nico, who later became famous for her musical cooperation with Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground.

More on Shaw in the wikipedia article linked to below.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Torch song

The most recent model shoot by my Flickr friend andy_57 is as impressive as the previous ones. Model Hannelore poses in a series of atmospheric shots as a jazz crooner of days gone by - all shots are great, but this one truly stands out. She is a natural model, with great props and the expert lighting that I have come to expect of Andy. Exquisite.

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Mid autumn festival

The link below gives a great overview of the celebrations of the Chinese mid autumn festival in several parts of East Asia. I particularly liked this shot from Hong Kong for its photographic qualities.

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Time must have a stop

A band I don't know, but I came across this album at the progressive rock archives site, and took an instant liking to its cover. Votum is a prog metal band from Poland, and this is their debut album from 2009, which received good reviews. The cover design reminds me of movie posters in some way.

All Music

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Are friends electric?

This fabulous abstract may well be the best shot I have seen so far of my Flickr friend Caecilia Metella - and that's against pretty stiff competition in her stream. One of those shots that you can easily picture hanging in a modern art museum.

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At the offical start of autumn, an appropriate movie poster. This McGee movie dates back to 2004, and I love the poster design, very artistic. And of course, the fact that it is set in Paris, where we will be next week, is a nice bonus.

More on this movie in the IMDB article linked to below.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Happy Mid Autumn Festival

A recent creation by my wife, which she turned into a greeting card for the occasion of the Chinese Mid Autumn Festival. To all readers who celebrate this, I wish you all the best 0n this festive day as well.

The Art of Lu Schaper

Trunk call

This is such a wonderful original take on the usual elephant shots. Trust my dear Flickr friend jenny downing to come up with such a gem. And to top it off, she dedicated it to me. Honoured.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Moon festival

What an amazing shot (please click the link to see the large version). Two people walking in front of giant lanterns at the Lantern Wonderland exhibition at Hong Kong's Victoria Park. The event marks the mid-autumn, or moon, festival, one of the most important days in the Chinese culture.

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Maybe tomorrow maybe tonight

Always in the shadow of bands like Golden Earring and Focus, this excellent Dutch progressive rock group around singer Jerney Kaagman never got the international recognition they deserved. Apart from their outstanding albums, they also scored a string of top five hits in Holland, and few of these were better than their 1973 smash hit Maybe tomorrow maybe tonight.
Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player)


Monday, September 20, 2010

Google doodles

I have blogged about this site before, but I think it warrants another mention, since there have been so many great special celebration Google logo's since last time. I made a small selection of this year's ones that are very relevant for this blog, including Frederic Chopin, Frieda Kahlo, Robert Schumann, Peter Kroyer, Antonio Vivaldi, Alfons Mucha and Isaac Albeniz.



Swiss art deco tourist posters do not come better than this. An absolute beauty created by Handschin in 1934, recommending the famous region in Engadin.

Vintage Posters

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Umbrella Man

My Flickr friend macaz1977 is one of the pioneers of the "minimalism on white" movement, and he keeps on turning out the most beautiful shots in this style. Even better when seen on a white background, as on Flickr, when the borders between photograph and background completely disappear to a stunning effect.

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Culture night Almere

My Flickr friend Alex Verweij has not featured often in my blog, but here he is once more. Like me, he resides in Almere, and unlike me he took his camera to the recent Almere culture night and came back with fantastic laser light show shots like this one. Surreal, like a SF movie.

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Never bloomed

Another beautiful image by my dear Flickr friend aftab, a treat of pastel softness. As so often, he added a few thought provoking lines to go with the image: "Can you feel the pain of a mother who faces the impending death of her child? Can you even try to describe it? Words fail. Only prayer remains."

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Another marvelous abstract shot by my Flickr friend Caecilia Metella. I love the curves in combination with that deep blue and black. Strong, powerful, and a fitting title as well.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Order in Chaos Clock

An intriguing clock design by Igor Barbashin. At first glance this clock is an absolute mess and it’s even hard to find a single number. But the principle of this clock is quite unique: the fragments of numbers unite in their hour and then gradually fall to pieces again. The only way to define the time is to find the least broken number, a symbol for the relationship between order and chaos. Extremely cool idea and execution.

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