Monday, April 29, 2013

Finally spring

Not my usual type of picture, but when I passed this display on the main shopping street of Kampen (the same one where we have our gallery) I could not resist. And it became an unexpected hit on Flickr, raking up ten times as many views as usual and becoming my 57th photograph to reach Flickr Explore, the 500 most interesting shots of the day.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.0 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Links [32]

Once more an overview of interesting links on topics related to the blog, that I encountered recently, but that will probably not make the blog as separate entries. The picture above is by my Flickr friend jenny downing.

China Forbids Kraftwerk Gig.
UK Top Ten Funeral Songs.
Pablo Picasso: 20 Surprising Facts.
Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light.
First Photography Museum Joins Google Art Project.
Turner Prize 2013: Nominees in Pictures.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Augustus Bridge - Dresden

This is only the second time that Austrian expressionist Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980) features in my blog. As he is one of the leading artists from one of my favourite movements (expressionism), it was about time. This painting dates back to 1923, and shows the bridge that still stands today in spite of the excessive damage done to Dresden in the second world war. More about Kokoschka in the Wikipedia article linked to below.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Build a world

The Pineapple Thief is a UK-based progressive rock band who have been around since 1999. Their album covers are in general very good, but this cover for their latest single Build a world really stands out. As so often with singles covers, I could not find more information about the designer/photographer. More about Pineapple Thief on the linked wikipedia page.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

The journey

A perfect moment, perfectly captured. The location is the Inferno Cone in the Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho. The photographer who created this beauty is my Flickr friend cormend. The  path leading up to the top and the flash of colour of the subject make this stand out. And the philosophical overtones, indicated by the title. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Ghosts

Another beautiful cover that I ran across without a clue what the music sounds like. Ghosts is the 2003 major label debut of the alternative rock band Sleeping at Last. The art direction and design is credited to Paul McMenamin, the interesting painting itself used for the cover is by an artist who calls himself (herself?) Saggy Bottom.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Friday on my mind

Thanks God it's Friday - after a tiring week. For the occasion, David Bowie's version of this classic, taken from his Pinups album. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I would put it on my MP3 player).

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Frozen patterns

With winter slowly and finally giving way to spring, here we have a final winter shot for some time. I spotted these beautiful patterns on the frozen canal near our home mid March. Not a personal favourite of mine, but surprisingly popular on Flickr.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/11.0
Focal Length: 10.9 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Susanne Meyer Abstract Photography

California-based photographer Susanne Meyer has featured a number of times in my blog as my Flickr friend Sannesu. She has now made a dedicated web page for her shimmering abstracts that are simply outstanding and unlike any other photographs I have ever seen. Very warmly recommended!

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Monday, April 01, 2013

He's alive

The perfect way to end the Easter posts. In the seventies, the American singer/song writer Don Francisco switched from regular folk rock to Christian folk with emphasis on ballads with Christian themes. He's alive from his album Forgiven is a very strong song, telling the events before and after the crucifixion of Jesus from the point of view of one of his disciples (probably Peter). You really get drawn into the story, thanks to vivid images he conjures up in the lyrics. Art Rock score: 9/10 (very strong song, one of 650 best songs of all time).

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