Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ginger December 1935

A final Halloween themed post for this week, a very fitting (and fun) cover for the (presumably American) Ginger magazine, for which I could not find further information.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Better than raw

Less subtle than what I usually select for the Beautiful Album Covers theme, but this 1998 Helloween album is one of the best in its genre. And very fitting for the countdown to Halloween of course. The cover art is credited to Rainer Laws.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Theres many a slip (twixt) the cup and the lip

A recent photojournalism shot that combines art and halloween - perfect for today. This is a silhouetted representation of a sculpture by Australian artist Ken Unsworth for the "Sculpture by the Sea" exhibition at Sydney's Bondi Beach. As always, all rights retained by the photographer (David Gray/Reuters).

Monday, October 28, 2013

Dracula

The first of a series of four Halloween themed posts for this week. This elaborate and beautiful poster was made for one of the best vampire movies of all time, the 1931 version of Dracula starring the legendary Bela Lugosi.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Vicious (RIP Lou Reed)

Another legend from my youth has passed away. At age 71, too young, although he had been on the Grim Reaper's shortlist for quite a while. In his memory, the song Vicious, because his best (Perfect day) does not seem suitable right now. Rest in peace. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

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Shanghai silhouettes

Once more one of my recent attempts at digital art based on my own photographs, created with the free software SuperPhoto that came with my new laptop. This is a photograph taken in Shanghai a few years ago, given a stained glass like treatment to a rather stunning effect. The link leads to the original photograph.


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Top of the world

June 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of me being interested in the Dutch Top40 as broadcast weekly at that time by Veronica. To celebrate this piece of my youth, I intend to make Saturday Top40 1973 day in this blog for the rest of the year - providing a link to the list of that day 40 years ago and selecting my favourite song of the new entries of that week. Today we feature the list of 27 October 1973. Like last week, there were three new entries that made my MP3 player (Hollies, Steve Miller Band, Carpenters). I have opted for that lovely up-beat Carpenters song Top of the world as my pick of the week. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Night light

The jazz-infused pop music by The Cancel is interesting, if not completely my taste. The cover of their latest album Night light is excellent, reflecting the music perfectly, and working as a stand alone piece of art as well. It was created by Keno from the Ukrainian Kickit Art Studio.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Vogue April 1944

Here we have another Vogue cover designed by world famous surrealist Salvador Dali (I blogged his December 1938 cover here). I find it intriguing in its weirdness, and more interesting than many of his paintings, actually.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Brazilian National Congress Brasilia

I came across this picture on a site where it was posted because the downpour seems to focus on the bowl-shaped part of the roof of the building. In the end though, the building was interesting enough to do a bit more research. It turns out to be the Brazilian National Congress in Brasilia, designed by famous local architect Oscar Niemeijer in the sixties.The semi-sphere on the left is the seat of the Senate, the semi-sphere on the right is the seat of the Chamber of the Deputies. Between them are two vertical office towers. More on this building can be found in the wikipedia link below.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Epigram

The title of this beautiful insect macro is just as ingenious and marvelous as the shot itself, with its gorgeous depth of field and colour scheme. Trust one of my favourite Flickr friends, jenny downing, to come up with both. The title's explanation can be found on her linked Flickr page. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Five years since the re-start

Although the blog originally started over 7 years ago, I made a complete re-start on 22 October 2008. Those five years sure have gone by quickly. Cheers! Image sourced from Wikipedia.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Asylum

The new novel by Madeleine Roux comes with a suitably creepy cover. What makes it extra special is that the photograph used for the cover is by my Flickr friend Carmen Gonsalez (Solea).

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

The ear (Worth1000 continues)

Earlier this month, I said goodbye to Worth1000 after the owner of the site announced its shutdown. There has been a last-minute change of hearts, due to a new owner stepping in. This blog topic will therefore continue, and to celebrate, an image that is doubly fitting for this art blog. Van Gogh's ear on ice was created by member netodark2012 for the In ice 3 contest. All rights retained by the creator, as usual.

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Wovoka

June 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of me being interested in the Dutch Top40 as broadcast weekly at that time by Veronica. To celebrate this piece of my youth, I intend to make Saturday Top40 1973 day in this blog for the rest of the year - providing a link to the list of that day 40 years ago and selecting my favourite song of the new entries of that week. Today we feature the list of 20 October 1973. Three new entries that made my MP3 player (Stones, Boudewijn de Groot, Redbone). I like Sympathy for the devil best, but in this case I have opted for a (then) new song rather than a re-release, the Redbone hit Wovoka. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

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In loving memory

The first birthday of a loved one after they pass away is extra difficult. Today my father, who died just over three months ago, would have celebrated his 86th birthday. This image (sourced from here) seems appropriate: he was a very strong chess player, and was Dutch champion correspondence chess in 1999. Rest in peace. We miss you.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

L'Inhumaine

This poster of the controversial 1924 French drama-science fiction film (translation: the inhuman woman), directed by Marcel L'Herbier, is beautiful in its use of cubist and Art Deco influences. As usual, I link to the IMDB site, but in this case the Wikipedia entry has much more information.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Five o'clock tea

The roaring twenties in Germany were not all about sleazy cabaret clubs - there was a considerable following for afternoon tea parties, as evidenced in the beautiful covers of suitable sheet music albums that are left. A great selection of these covers is presented in the linked site, including the one shown above, based on an illustration by Willy Herzig.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Jigsaw

This may be the my own favourite shot of the year so far. It is typical of the way I use my camera: picking up subjects that most people would not see. In this case, I zoomed in on the detail of a decoration of a Japanese restaurant in Nijmegen, resulting in an abstract composition.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.04 (1/25) sec
Aperture: f/5.9
Focal Length: 20 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

RedBook March 1929

RedBook is an American women's magazine published since 1903. It has not featured in my blog yet, but when I came across this beautiful cover in the Vintage blog earlier this month, I had to rectify that omission.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Art Deco hat

The main subject of my wife's art is of course oil painting, but here we have a different side of her creative talents. Two sides, actually: the hat she is wearing is her own design, and made by herself from scratch, and the self-portrait including processing to get a suitable vintage feel, shows off her photography skills.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Hannelore

For years already, I consider my Flickr friend andy_57 to be one of the best model photographers on Flickr (and beyond). Even so, his recent shoot with the gorgeous model Hannelore rivals the best he has done so far - and perhaps surpasses it.There are currently six shots in this set, and I faved five of them, including the one I selected for today's post. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

China grove

June 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of me being interested in the Dutch Top40 as broadcast weekly at that time by Veronica. To celebrate this piece of my youth, I intend to make Saturday Top40 1973 day in this blog for the rest of the year - providing a link to the list of that day 40 years ago and selecting my favourite song of the new entries of that week. Today we feature the list of 13 October 1973. A clear pick this time, one track stands out head and shoulders above the rest for me: the Doobie Brothers' masterpiece China grove. Art Rock score: 9/10 (excellent song, one of the 600 best of all time).

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Friday, October 11, 2013

The Forth Railway Bridge - Then and Now

The Guardian has embarked on a fascinating project: a series of photographs taken from exactly the same vantage point at different moments in history. The first installment shows the railway crossing over Scotland's Firth of Forth during construction in 1887 and also in 2012. In the link, there is a beautiful gradual transition between the two shots, much better than the animated gif I made to illustrate this post.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Unusual concertos [57]: Oboe

Before the purge of end 2008, one of the most popular topics of this blog was "Unusual concertos", classical concertos for all kinds of instruments and orchestra. I have decided to revive this, aiming for less familiar composers in general. In its original incarnation, I came to 40 different concertante instruments - realizing 50+ this time.

The fifty-seventh concerto deals with the oboe (image source), which is of course a common orchestral instrument, but still not that common in concertos, when compared to piano and violin. That said, this Wikipedia page gives an impressive listing of oboe concertos throughout the centuries. I have selected Bruno Maderna's second of three concertos as my example. All three are available on a Philips CD, in a performance by Heinz Holliger with the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra under Bertini.

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