Monday, February 29, 2016

Lorde's tribute to David Bowie

Lorde's tribute to the late David Bowie at the Brit Awards was beautiful and heartfelt. Very different from Lady Gaga's tribute at the 58th Grammy Awards, but I love them both. A short medley-like introduction, and then Lorde herself focuses on (in my opinion) Bowie's masterpiece: Life on Mars? Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Rothkoesque

One of my own favourites of the year so far. This Rothko-like abstract is a large iron container wall shot with considerable zoom.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture: f/7.0
Focal Length: 54 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Links [67]

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 myself.

Paintings by David Bowie.
Photographer Nick Brandt's Artsy Page.
Painter Edward Hopper's Artsy Page.
UK Masterpieces at Risk.
Lens Culture's Annual Exposure Awards.
World Press Photo 2015.
Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Uprising

This 2009 song by Muse was one of their biggest successes - and the cover is also one of the greatest of the band. I could not find information on the designer/photographer, but it looks like something Hipgnosis would produce. More about Muse on the linked Wikipedia page.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The river

Coming from the post-impressionist period of French painter Andre Derain (1880-1954), this river landscape dates back to 1912. More on Derain in the wikipedia article linked to below.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Currents

The cover of Currents, the third album of Indie band Tame Impala, has featured in many overviews of the best covers of 2015 - and quite rightly so. The art work is credited to Robert Beatty (Interscope).

Friday, February 19, 2016

4 2 Kop

This shot was meant for the monthly Links section of this blog - but it got a lot of good response on Flickr, so I decided to include it under this heading. It is a detail of an extensive salvage operation here in Kampen, bringing a 700 years old well-preserved merchant ship up from the bottom of the river.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 25.2 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Lady Gaga's tribute to David Bowie

Here is the video of the tribute paid by Lady Gaga to David Bowie on the 58th Grammy Awards evening earlier this week. I love it. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Maybe tomorrow maybe tonight

Good to post a video today without an In Memoriam as the reason. This song is a piece of my youth: Dutch band Earth and Fire excelled in progressive rock tracks combined with radio friendly singles. Maybe tomorrow maybe tonight from 1973 is one of their best, and an early favourite of mine when I started to listen to top40 songs on the radio. Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Frozen

An interesting side effect of the "post one picture a day" challenge at Flickr is that sometimes you post a shot that you normally would have kept on the hard drive, because you think it is not good enough - and then find out other people love it. Here is an example: this shot of local houses reflected in the frozen over canal became one of my most faved shots of the year.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/4.0
Focal Length: 6.1 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

The monkey

For the second day of Chinese New Year (Year of the monkey), I have selected this expressionist monkey painting by the brilliant Franz Marc (1880-1916), completed four years before he fell in the Great War. More on Marc in the linked Wikipedia article.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Ripped in January

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

01
Gilbert Kaplan (74), American businessman and amateur conductor. Probably the only amateur to have landed a recording on the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label (Mahler's second symphony) - in our CD collection. 
01
Vilmos Zsigmond (85), Hungarian-American cinematographer. Famous for his work on timeless classic movies like Close encounters of the third kind and The deer hunter.
02
Michel Delpech (69), French singer-songwriter and actor. Hits like the upbeat Pour un flirt and the beautiful Ce Lundi la are on our car USB stick.
05
Pierre Boulez (90), French composer and conductor. We have half a dozen of CD's with his compositions, including Pli selon pli, and Explosant fixe, as well as dozens of CD's with him conducting works of Debussy, Mahler, Webern and others. One of the most important figures in classical music for the past 60-70 years.
10
David Bowie (69), British art rock legend. One of the greatest of all time. Favourite albums from a career of almost 50 years: Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Low, Heroes, Black star. Favourite songs: Space Oddity, Life on Mars?, Rock and roll suicide, Ashes to ashes, Under pressure, Loving the alien, and many more. His acting career, although less extensive, should be mentioned as well, especially his role in Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
14
Alan Rickman (69), British actor, He starred in many TV series and movies, for me most notably in the eight Harry Potter movies as Severus Snape.
16
Hubert Giraud (95), French song writer and lyricist. He gave us evergreens like Sous le ciel de Paris and Mamy blue.
17
Elisa Pegreffi (93), Italian violinist and founder member of the famous Quartetto Italiano. My first choice for the middle and late string quartets of Beethoven.
18
Glenn Frey (67), American singer/song writer, founding member and one of the main vocalists of the Eagles. Responsible for some of the best pop/rock songs of all time, including Desperado, Lyin' eyes and Tequila sunrise.
18
Leila Alaoui (33), French-Moroccan photographer and video artist, killed in terrorist attack in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
25
Denise Duval (94), French soprano, best known for her roles in the premieres of several works by Poulenc, including the opera Les mamelles de Tirésias.
26
Colin Vearncombe, better known as Black (53), British singer/song writer who had a world wide hit with Wonderful life in 1987.
28
Paul Kantner (74), American guitarist and vocalist, co-founder of Jefferson Airplane.
28
Signe Anderson (74), American vocalist, co-founder of Jefferson Airplane, lead singer before Grace Slick.
29
Aurèle Nicolet (90), Swiss flautist, arguably one of the very best of the 20th century. Stars on many classical CD's in my collection.
30
Frank Finlay (89), acclaimed British actor. I will remember him for his role as Porthos in the Three Musketeers movies, and the Witchsmeller Persuivant character in the first season of Blackadder.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Portrait of Dagny Juel Przybyszewska

I stumbled upon this work by Polish artist Konrad Krzyżanowski (1872–1922) in Wikipedia via Munch and his muse Dagny Juel. An immensely powerful portrait of the tragic Norwegian writer which was created in 1901. I will check out more of Krzyżanowski's work the coming months. More about Krzyżanowski in the Wikipedia article linked to below.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Metallic

My favourite image of the year so far - and one that got good response at Flickr as well. This abstract is a detail shot of a metal rooster for sale as interior decoration.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.0 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

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