Saturday, November 26, 2016

Autumn in Kampen

A local autumn shot from last month - trees reflecting in the Kampen canal (the Burgel), flipped upside down to create an impressionist, almost pointillist shot.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.08 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 10.0 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Thursday, November 24, 2016


One more post inspired by the passing of Leonard Cohen earlier this month. Here we have his anthem Hallelujah in the best version, by the late Jeff Buckley. Art Rock score: 10/10 (brilliant song, one of the 200 best of all time).


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Vroom vroom

I have no idea what this 2016 album by Charli XCX sounds like, but I love the cover (and the title). Slick how the XCX shows up at the front of the car.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Vogue January 1919

A very suitable vintage Vogue cover for the week just after the first real autumn storm last weekend. Unfortunately, no information about the designer.


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Red city

It has been a few years since expressionist Marianne von Werefkin (1860-1938) last featured in the blog. Here we have her stunning almost apocalyptic cityscape from 1909. More about von Werefkin in the linked Wikipedia article.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Heads, not tails

This is a picture of an art installation in the garden of the museum of Heino, some weeks ago. Numerous sculptured heads were stacked together in individual cages. Interesting art, and it made for a nice photography subject.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.08 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Sunday, November 13, 2016


A beautiful painting made by my wife earlier this year. Her love of trams, dating back to the past times when they were employed in Shanghai, really shines through.

The Art of Lu Schaper

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Suzanne (RIP Leonard Cohen)

2016 has been turning into a really shitty year for music, the Grim Reaper adding Canada's singer/song writer Leonard Cohen to his collection earlier this week, RIP. Cohen's work combined exquisite melodies with beautiful lyrics. My favourite song of his is Hallelujah, in the version by Jeff Buckley. By the master himself we have the beautiful Suzanne in a fascinating live version. Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).


Thursday, November 03, 2016

Ripped in October

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

Rod Temperton (66), British song writer, producer and musician. Best remembered for writing a number of huge hits such as Michael Jackson's Thriller and Rock with you. Exact date of death undisclosed (end September or early October).
Neville Marriner (92), British conductor. My Classical CD collection contains dozens of discs with him conducting the Academy of St Martin in the Fields or the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Jeroen Orlemans (45), Dutch photographer. He specialized in war reporting, which eventually cost him his life.
Louis Stettner (93), American photographer. He is best remembered for his street photography of New York and Paris.
Jimmy Perry (93), British actor and scriptwriter. Together with David Croft he was responsible for some of the best British sitcoms of the 70s and 80s, such as Dad's army.
Bobby Vee (73), American singer with a string of hits in the sixties. My favourite song of his is The night has a thousand eyes.
Roland Dyens (61), French composer and classical guitarist. We have a handful of his CD's.
Silvio Gazzaniga (95), Italian sculptor. Best known for designing the FIFA World Cup trophy.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Beijing Belle

Another example of digital art made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). I submitted a photograph of a girl I shot in Beijing, and one of Lempicka's famous art deco portraits (link here). The link leads to the original photograph.