Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Abstraction (the Blue Mountain)

Last week, we visited a brilliant exhibition of expressionists in nearby Zwolle. We saw many beautiful paintings by well-known artists such as Marc, Macke, Kandinsky, Kirchner, Heckel, Nolde, Pechstein, Werefkin, Jawlensky, but also a few by artists I had never heard of, A case in point is the German painter Christian Rohlfs (1849 - 1938). For today's post, I selected this beautiful abstract from 1912. More about Rohlfs in the Wikipedia article linked to below.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Peugeot bicycles (for Steven Kruijswijk)

This post is an homage to Dutch cyclist Steven Kruijswijk, who last Thursday still was scheduled to be the first Dutchman to win the Giro d'Italia, one of three most important bicycle races in the world. Until he crashed in the mountains on Friday, lost his precious three minutes lead and had to ride the last two stages with a broken rib - which in the end resulted in him just missing the podium altogether. In spite of the lack of a top 3 finish, one of the most inspirational sport stories of the year so far. And the poster is great!

Vintage Posters

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Tips for street photography

The linked art-icle (with its accompanying video) gives 23 tips from photographer Thomas Leuthard on how to improve your street photography. Many of them are not new to me (such as "Look for natural frames for your subjects", as in the picture above), but some are (such as "Frame your shot and wait for the right moment"). In any case, handy to have these collected in one place.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016


Had I come across this photograph in Flickr, I would have revived the Flickr Favourites category. As it is, I saw it on FaceBook, so Anything goes once more. This close-up of water lily leaves in the local canal was shot by fellow Kampen citizen Simone van Heerde-Keulen. I love the almost metallic feel to it. As always, all rights retained by the photographer.

Friday, May 27, 2016

The bridge

Another example of digital art made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). I submitted another of my photographs of our beautiful city of Kampen (one with the bridge over the IJssel), and a painting by Hopper (link here). The link leads to the original photograph.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Potpourri: Lake Disappointment

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 19 March 2014.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The four towers

One of my more popular shots of recent weeks. This is the bridge of Kampen, reflected in the river IJssel, and flopped upside down. Rather like a Richter painting.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.00625 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/5.9
Focal Length: 20.0 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Liz and Amy

This is such a sweet shot that I had to share it in the blog. Anyway, that's why we have the category Anything goes. Here is 17 years old Elizabeth Taylor bathing her cocker spaniel Amy.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Dubai City Tower

If it looks like something from a SF novel, that's because it more or less is. This tower is a proposed 2400 m skyscraper design in the United Arab Emirates, announced in August 2008, but without any firm plans to actually build it. Yet.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Silk electric

We saw the LP version of this 1982 Diana Ross album on a second-hand market earlier this week, and I just had to put it in the blog. The music is not my taste, but the cover is striking - not surprising since it was created by Andy Warhol.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Leicester City

The sport story of the year, possibly of the century: unfancied Leicester City winning the English Football Premier League. I selected this shot for the occasion, with a supporter in front of the club's flag and a picture of its sympathetic Italian manager Ranieri. More pictures of this true underdog story in the link. As always, all rights retained by the photographer (Darren Staples/Reuters).

Friday, May 20, 2016

Eight deadly works of art

This Hyperallergic art-icle lists eight "deadly" works of art, although "dangerous" would have been a better term. Still, a few actually did kill people, such as the depicted Christo and Jeanne Claude’s The Umbrellas - fatality count 2. Morbid, but interesting.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016


This water reflection abstract, shot in the Chinese garden of the Hortus Haren complex, is one of my own favourite shots of the year.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.0025 sec (1/400)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 23.9 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Boom OPB

The logo of the Dutch company Boom OPB Professional Services is beautiful in its simplicity: just the three letters, but arranged in such a way that the curved parts suggest a head with two back-up supporters to represent the services the company delivers (dealing with dyslexia, examination stress, etc). And it is a run by my cousin Wilma.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Voisin automobiles

Avions Voisin was a French luxury automobile brand established by Gabriel Voisin in 1919 which traded until 1939. This beautiful poster was made in 1923 by Charles Loupot.

Vintage Posters

Sunday, May 15, 2016

De Stad Amsterdam Panorama August 1938

A beautiful vintage magazine cover with a summer theme. De Stad Amsterdam Panorama was a Dutch magazine, which was possibly the precursor of the contemporary magazine Panorama.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Cafe Society

The poster for the upcoming Woody Allen movie Cafe Society is a beautiful piece of minimalist retro design.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Kampen rooftops

Another example of digital art made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). I submitted another of my photographs of our beautiful city of Kampen (seen from the top of the "new" tower), and a painting by Derain (link here). The result is a fauvist dream. The link leads to the original photograph.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Deep discovery by 25th Century

Deep discovery is a fascinating art project by 25th Century (Ayla El-Moussa and Lucas Ighile). These double exposure gifs combine images of women and animated nature gifs. Truly magical. The shot above is a still, please click the link for the works themselves - it is worth it! As usual, all rights retained by the artist.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


Simple, yet brilliant. This advertisement for McCafe coffee by advertising agency Moroch (Dallas, USA) is a visual delight.

Creative Ads

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Vogue March 1911

So far, the oldest Vogue cover I have posted in this blog. A beauty, not in the least because of the original way the magazine's name is depicted.


Monday, May 09, 2016

Assorted chains

This was supposed to be just another chains shot for one of my upcoming Links posts, but to my surprise it collected more faves than almost any other shot of mine this year. So here it is under the heading My photography instead.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.125 sec (1/8)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Sunday, May 08, 2016

Such a lonely soul

In my ongoing effort to catalogue our CD collection, I am currently focusing on female singer/songwriters for the pop/rock genre. One of the best of this century to my taste is Sweden's Anna Ternheim. Here is my favourite song in her repertoire, the beautiful ballad Such a lonely soul (in the so-called "naked" version). Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).


Saturday, May 07, 2016

The Billboard top 5 through the years

This is a brilliant site that I keep going back to. It shows an animated graph of Billboard’s top songs allowing you to watch the top five songs rise and fall over time - and it plays the number one song while it’s at the top!

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