This is a view I would love to have seen myself, but thanks to photojournalism, here's the next best thing. Canberra recently obtained the Guinness World Record for the largest LED image, in this display in its business district. As always, all rights retained by the photographer (Stefan Postles/Getty Images).
With the year coming to an end, I thought it might be fun to look once more at the statistics of this blog and see which are the most viewed posts per category over the past 12 months (provided that they had more than five posts in the year). I realize that most viewed does not equal most popular, as other factors (such as showing up in Google searches) definitely play a role here. Still, here they are (image sourced from here).
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 a photograph by myself.
Picking my 12 favourite photographs of the year has become a yearly custom. It was triggered by a group at Flickr (Keeper Dozen), which was inspired by an Ansel Adams quote: "Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop." This year I am happier with the results than in 2013, undoubtedly because life has gone back to normal. My increased emphasis on abstract photography is clearly reflected in my choices, although it must be said that the one portrait I originally selected (link) is ineligible because the photograph was taken in 2013. As usual, not all pictures I selected have appeared in Flickr Explore, and not all pictures that have appeared in Flickr Explore ended up in the final 12. Here is the 2014 countdown from 12 to 1.
This a conceptual art piece (by Douglas Gordon) that I truly appreciate. In the past week, it could be experienced in the Park Avenue Armory. It involved French pianist Hélène Grimaud playing ten performances of water-themed works on a Steinway in the center of the hall. At first, when the audience arrived, the area was dry. Then the room began to flood, becoming a reflective pool to a stunning effect.
Dutch painter Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) is best remembered for his series of geometrical abstracts consisting of a grid of vertical and horizontal black lines with three primary colours on a white background. This is a relatively early work from 1908, which shows some influence of van Gogh. More about Mondrian in the Wikipedia article linked to below.
A recent painting by my wife, inspired by old Dutch cities in general. I named it after my favourite Christmas carol, because it seems fitting. It is also the painting we used for our Christmas cards this year.
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 21 December 2012, and is doubly suitable because of the Christmas theme and the creative advertisement.
Christmas albums usually do not stand out well in terms of cover art, but here we have an exception to the rule. The 2003 seasonal offering by prog rock band Jethro Tull comes with a beautiful stylish cover, resembling old Dutch paintings, and depicting lead singer/flautist Ian Anderson in the bottom left corner. Excellent choice of font as well. I could not retrieve information on the design, word has it that it was an "inside job".
Here is an original Christmas pop/rock song that you have probably never heard. I know of the band My Favourite Tragedy because I have known one of its members for over 12 years on he internet. This is a really lovely song, which deserves to be better known. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).
Of the recurring topics in my photography, abstract images tend to stand out. This has inspired me to write a series of blog posts on the subject, as seen through my lay-man's eyes (I never received any formal training on photography). In these posts, I will tackle the following six (not mutually exclusive) themes: distorted reflections, architectural abstracts, wear and tear, zooming in, abstracted art, and miscellaneous situations. A general introduction was posted here; the first contribution (on distorted reflections) was posted here, the second contribution (on architectural abstracts) was posted here, the third contribution (on wear and tear) was posted here, the fourth contribution (on zooming in) was posted here, the fifth contribution (on abstracted art) was posted here.
Miscellaneous situations refers to pictures that do not fall under the first five themes themes (or at least less clearly). What they have in common is that you can encounter these opportunities all around you if you keep an open eye. Please click here to see 12 selected examples from my Flickr photostream with some background information.
One of the strong points of photojournalism is that it can bring us news items that did not make the headlines world wide in a compelling way. A case in point is this shot of crosses planted by the NGO Rio de Paz (Peace Rio) on Copacabana beach in memory of police officers killed in Rio de Janeiro in the last two years. As always, all rights retained by the photographer (Sergio Moraes/Reuters).
One of many talented Hollywood photographers of yesteryear: Elmer Fryer (1898-1944). He worked for Warner Brothers, portraying their stars such as Kay Francis (shown above), Dolores Del Rio, Barbara Stanwyck, Bette Davis, James Cagney, and Errol Flynn. More about Fryer in the linked site.
About me: Dutchman, married to a beautiful and highly talented artist from Shanghai. Although my education (PhD chemistry) is very much associated with the left side of the brain, I like to use my right side for my hobbies: music, art, photography.
About this blog: I started this blog in August 2006, just wanting to share what I considered interesting pieces of visual art and music. I suffered from blogging blues for most of 2008, but making a fresh start in October of that year has done wonders for my inspiration. In case you did not notice, most posts end with a small symbol... just click that for the relevant link. All pictures in my blog are hosted on blogger - if some do not show up (the red cross syndrome) it is a blogger hiccup. Right click and selecting "show picture" should do the trick.
My other main blog: In December 2009 I started a parallel blog, Art's Potpourri, for subjects that I think are interesting, but not fitting for my main blog. A few other blogs have come and gone - I list them here for reference.
Most of the images used in this blog are either mine, or they are used with explicit permission of the creators. Some of the images are sourced on the internet and I consider them common use for a non-profit blog (such as album covers), or I use them with a link to the site of the creator/owner.
If you find a picture on this blog that you are the copyright owner of, and object against the use, please drop me an email and I will remove it.