Saturday, July 30, 2016


The new Agnes Obel single (Familiar) comes with a classy cover, as I have come to expect of this highly talented Danish singer/songwriter. More about Agnes Obel on the linked Wikipedia page.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Dances with the winds (RIP Einojuhani Rautavaara)

Two days ago, Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara passed away at age 87. He was to my taste one of the best composers of contemporary classical music. For the occasion, I have selected his gorgeous 1974 flute concerto Dances with the winds. Rest in peace, maestro.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Details in The Tower of Babel

The Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder from 1563 is one of my favourite pieces of art from before 1800. However, I never realized the wealth of details hidden in this masterpiece. The linked article highlights 22 detailed scenes, each accounting for less than 1% of the total painting surface - and each worthy to be a painting on its own - an example is included above. A fascinating read.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016


This is the type of abstract shot that I love to take. It is actually part of a big light installation in a clothes shop. A personal favourite, and also so far my most faved shot of the year on Flickr (although Explore keeps on snubbing me this year).

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/5.0
Focal Length: 13 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

River deep – Mountain high

Difficult to imagine that this power hit by Ike and Tina Turner is half a century old. It has aged very well indeed! Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Best and most beautiful things

Quirky and beautiful were the first two words that came to mind when I saw the poster for this year's Zevgetis movie.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Cottages at Auvers

It's been far too long since Danish-French impressionist grandmaster Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) last featured in this blog. Few painters have been more successful in capturing the French countryside on canvas, as in this work from 1879. More about Pissarro in the Wikipedia article linked to below.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

A bit of line play

An unusual abstract shot, constructed from lines on a ship moored at the IJssel near our home. Black and white conversion makes the lines stand out even more. I like it, and it got decent reactions at Flickr.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/1000)
Aperture: f/7.0
Focal Length: 54 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Celebration in Rouen

For the French national holiday, I picked this painting by my wife from around 2001, and which is displayed in our shop window these days. It depicts the tricolore flying from the walls of the old city of Rouen, where we lived at the time.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Past meets Present by Giles Clement

Please click the thumbnail above to open the image in a separate window. In this stunning art project, French photographer Giles Clement first takes pictures of his models with the ancient techniques of tintype/ambrotype. He then prints these photographs, with a striking vintage appearance, on large glass plates. Finally, he takes regular photographs of his models holding these glass plates. The result is both beautiful and haunting. More examples in the link. As usual, all rights retained by the artist.

Monday, July 11, 2016

My princess

Another example of digital art made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). I submitted a photograph of my beautiful wife and one of Rembrandt's self portraits (link here). The link leads to the original photograph.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Hong Kong garden

Punk rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees would not be the first one to associate with beautiful single covers, but this one for their 1978 debut single is excellent. More about Siouxsie and the Banshees on the linked Wikipedia page.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Vogue July 1916

Let's go back one hundred years... this vintage Vogue cover was designed by the famous Helen Dryden.


Friday, July 08, 2016

Clock tower

The rainy weather of recent days did offer some special photo opportunities. It is not often that our main street has puddles large enough to reflect most of the clock tower near our home. Not a personal favourite, but one of my more popular shots of recent weeks.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 28.5 mm
ISO Speed: 160
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Wednesday, July 06, 2016

The ritual

When I came across this CD in the library yesterday, I immediately decided to take it home. I knew nothing bout the artist (Qeaux Qeaux Joans, from the Netherlands), but the cover of her 2014 album made a very strong immediate impression - and the music turned out to be interesting as well. The design and photography is credited to Oliver Ajkovic.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Ripped in June

A selected overview of culture stars relevant to my own tastes who passed away this month. Rest in peace. Image by myself.

Viktor Korchnoi (85), Russian born Swiss chess player. Widely regarded as the strongest chess player who never became world champion. His matches with Karpov were amazing.
Henry McCullough (72), Northern Irish guitar player. Best remembered for his time with Paul McCartney;s wings, playing lead guitar on classics like My love, Hi hi hi, and Live and let die.
Anton Yelchin (27), Russian born American actor. Best remembered for his role as Chekov in this decade's Star Trek movies series.
Ho Fan (84), Chinese photographer, film director and actor. He was one of my favourite contemporary photographers (blog post here).
Goetz George (77), German actor. Best remembered for his role as detective Schimanski in the German TV crime series Tatort.
Harry Rabinowitz (100), South Africa born British composer and conductor. He composed the music for the TV series I Claudius.
Bill Cunningham (87), American photographer famous for fashion and candid street photography..
Alvin Toffler (87), American writer and futurists. I was quite impressed with his books Future shock and Power shift, predicting inter alia the violent Yugoslavia split-up with astonishing accuracy.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Repost: My Mother (1927-1992)

A re-post from the artchives (original posting date 15 March 2012) - with the blog in its current form over seven years old, I intend to dig up some of the older posts once in a while. I selected this one because it would have been her 89th birthday today (small adjustment in text).

Can't believe it is already almost 25 years ago that my mother succumbed to cancer. This is a portrait of her that I commissioned in 1999 in Singapore, by a young Chinese artist. Since then, that artist has dropped the name Rosina, we started dating, and in 2000 she became my wife.

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