Thursday, September 19, 2019

Cemex - fast drying concrete

There used to be a subject in the blog on creative advertisements, often with stunning visual results. In the copyright issue purge of 2017 I converted all these posts to draft. I've decided that this is not necessary, since obviously ads are meant to be seen as widely as possible. So I'm reviving the subject, reposting the older contributions. This was the one that kicked off the subject in 2009, a fascinating creation for Cemex fast drying concrete.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

I won't let you down

It was 35 years ago today..... that I got my PhD in chemistry. Not for the first time in this blog I'm posting the PhD hit I won't let you down for the occasion, but this time in an extended version. Art Rock score: 9/10 (very strong song, one of 1000 best songs of all time).

Copyright statement: screenshot from video deemed fair use.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Modern Priscilla January 1916

Another brilliant vintage cover for the magazine The Modern Priscilla. Of course, images of female painters immediately resonate with me. The illustration is credited to John Edwin Jackson.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Expressionist typography

There used to be a category Special designs in the blog, and these playful typography examples would have been perfect for it. Anything goes to the rescue once again. These brilliant wordplays of a different kind were created by architect Mustafa Ömerli - many more examples in the link. Thanks to Jenny Downing for alerting me to this one.

Copyright statement: all nine examples shown are thumbnail size and considered fair use.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Nets

Not surprisingly, fishing and all its attributes play an important role in the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen, which we visited last week. I like the abstract feeling of this shot of fishing nets, with its contrasts of circular and linear shapes.

Camera: Nikon D7000 with Nikkor 18-300 mm lens handheld
Aperture: f/8.0
Focal length: 18.0 mm
Exposure time: 1/250
ISO speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

Copyright statement: image created by myself. Copyright Hennie Schaper.



Saturday, September 14, 2019

Confidence

Another example of the digital art that my wife excels in, be it for scarf design or for art pieces (or both combined into one).

Copyright statement: image created by Lu Schaper. Copyright Lu Schaper.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Filey

A (late) summer feeling in this 1925 Art Deco style poster advertising Filey as a family resort. Filey? Yes, I had to look it up: Filey is a small town and civil parish in North Yorkshire, England. The illustration is by Reginald Edward Higgins (1877 - 1933).

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Keeper Dozen: vintage British sketch comedies

This is the eighteenth of a series of posts that are inspired by the "Desert Island" phenomenon - and that uses an Ansel Adams quote in the wrong way (Adams stated that 12 photographs per year that you're satisfied with is a good showing). In this post, as a follow up of the previous one about British vintage situation comedies, I will select my 12 favourite vintage British sketch comedies (taking 2000 as the cut-off year for the definition of vintage). There is no ranking, I'll list them by year of release. I hope these lists inspire you to check out works you do not know yet.

The Morecambe and Wise Show [1968-1977]
Monty Python's Flying Circus [1969-1974]
Not the Nine O'Clock News [1979-1982]
Spitting Image [1984-1996]
Alas Smith and Jones [1984-1998]
French and Saunders series 1-5 [1987-1996]
Alexei Sayle's Stuff [1988-1991]
A Bit of Fry and Laurie [1989-1995]
The Mary Whitehouse Experience [1990-1992]
Canned Carrott [1990-1995]
Newman and Baddiel in Pieces [1993]
The Imaginatively Titled Punt and Dennis Show [1994-1995]

For the sitcoms, it was a challenge how to select only 12, for this list, it was a challenge to get to 12. But in the end, I like the result. Personal favourite of the lot: A Bit of Fry and Laurie.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Deventer umbrellas

A shot I took on a day trip to nearby Deventer last month, where in some of the streets they had hung scores of umbrellas to liven up the place. Successfully.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170 handheld
Aperture: f/13.0
Focal length: 10.3 mm
Exposure time: 1/320
ISO speed: 250
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

Copyright statement: image created by myself. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Dancing queen

Last week I posted about The Postmodern Jukebox project. Since then I've been exploring some of the featured singers solo repertoire, and many are just as amazing. One of the best is the artist who goes by the name of Puddles Pity Party, and performs as a 2+ meter tall white clown. With a beautiful voice. Here he is in an emo style cover of ABBA's Dancing Queen.

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Saturday, September 07, 2019

Bebe

Actress Bebe Daniels is one of my favourite flapper girls, and this is an intriguing portrait of her from 1921 by illustrator Rolf Armstrong (1889-1960).

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Friday, September 06, 2019

Whistle for the choir

The Fratellis are a Scottish band who had a series of chart hits in the UK in the period 2006-2008, with Chelsea Dagger (used in many sport events) as their biggest success. Their first singles came with attractive forties style pin-up covers. I picked this one because of the background story: The song was originally titled "Knickers in a Handbag" but was changed due to pressure from the label. The artwork points toward the old name by showing a girl on the cover handling a pair of knickers above a handbag.

Copyright statement: lower resolution images of single covers considered fair use.

Thursday, September 05, 2019

These buildings redefined architecture in the past 5 years

Modern ar(t)chitecture is a special subject of interest for me, and the linked art-icle gives a great overview of 13 recent buildings that are special in their own way. It ranges from the Shanghai tower (the only one in the article that I've seen myself) to Calatrava's Oculus, depicted above. My personal favourite is the National Museum of Qatar (2019) by Jean Nouvel.

Copyright statement: image by Flickr member freshwater2006 (CC BY-NC 2.0 license).

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Storage

A photographic souvenir from a day trip to the German city of Ahaus, just across the border. This is a detail shot of the side of the local church - a fascinating combination of an old tower and a modern church. The conversion to black and white is almost an obligation in shots like this.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170 handheld
Aperture: f/5.0
Focal length: 15.2 mm
Exposure time: 1/60
ISO speed: 100
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

Copyright statement: image created by myself. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Dissolution

The British progressive rock band The Pineapple Thief has appeared before in the blog, but under the heading beautiful single covers. Time to give them their due in this topic as well. Dissolution is their latest album (released in 2018) and the cover design is by Stylorouge.

Copyright statement: low resolution images of album covers deemed fair use.

Monday, September 02, 2019

Folding

This the third photograph shot by my Flickr friend tapatim in a row in this blog, which might seem excessive. To be fair though, the 13 latest pictures I faved at Flickr are all by her. I just love the combination of the shapes and the strong colours.

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Sunday, September 01, 2019

Die schöne Müllerin

Earlier this year I blogged about a great informative new web site dedicated to Schubert's marvelous song cycle Die Winterreise. The author of the site has now created a pendant site for the other main song cycle by the Austrian composer, Die schöne Müllerin. Once more, you'll find inter alia countless commercial recordings, all lyrics in many languages, and art works inspired by the songs (a sample shown above). Highly recommended.

Copyright statement: image created from linked photographs, all thumbnail size and deemed fair use.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Keeper dozen: vintage British comedies

This is the seventeenth of a series of posts that are inspired by the "Desert Island" phenomenon - and that uses an Ansel Adams quote in the wrong way (Adams stated that 12 photographs per year that you're satisfied with is a good showing). In this post, deviating from the music topics used so far, I will select my 12 favourite vintage British situation comedies (taking 2000 as the cut-off year for the definition of vintage). There is no ranking, I'll list them by year of release. I hope these lists inspire you to check out works you do not know yet.

The good life [1975-1978]
Fawlty Towers [1975-1979]
Yes (Prime) Minister [1980-1988]
Allo! Allo! series 1-6 [1982-1992]
Blackadder series 2-4 (1986-1989)
Red Dwarf series 1-6 [1988-1993]
Keeping up appearances [1990-1995]
One foot in the grave [1990-2000]
Bottom [1991-1995]
The Brittas Empire [1991-1997]
Absolutely Fabulous series 1-3 [1992-1996]
The vicar of Dibley [1994-1998]

Since all of these are pretty well-known, I won't discuss them further. As always, several others came close, such as Dad's army, The young ones, KYTV, Man about the house, etc.

Copyright statement: low resolution screenshot, deemed fair use.