Sunday, October 30, 2011

Links [12]

Once more an overview of interesting links on topics related to the blog, that I encountered recently (some undoubtedly via a Jenny Downing buzz), but that will probably not make the blog as separate entries. The picture above is by myself.

Top 10 Controversial Pieces of Music.
UK in 3D: Pictures from England.
Photographs of Objects Exploding.
What is so Asian About Asian Art Today?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Homeward bound

Technically I am posting this in my blog one day too late, as we came back home from our London trip last night, but who cares. A wonderful shot by my Flickr friend word artist of a Scottish castle at sunset. As usual, excellent composition with a curved leading line taking us through the shot.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Bye London

We are leaving London today, so a well-meant cheerio and pip pip to that great city. For the occasion, a vintage Delta Airlines travel poster dating back to the seventies, with a lovely impressionist feeling.

Vintage Posters

Thursday, October 27, 2011

London Opinion March 1933

Continuing the London/UK theme of this week in the blog, here is a great vintage cover of the magazine London Opinion of 1933. I particularly like the colour scheme in this one.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Streets of London

This marvelous song of course has to be featured this week, as my wife and I will be strolling the streets of London ourselves. Folk singer Ralph McTell will always be linked to this touching ballad, which has been recorded more than 200 times by artists ranging from soul diva Aretha Franklin to the punk group Anti-Nowhere League. Five years after the release of the first acoustic version on the 1969 Spiral Staircase album, a re-recording of the song reached the #2 spot in the UK top40.
Art Rock score: 9/10 (very strong song, one of 650 best songs of all time)


Monday, October 24, 2011

Charing Cross Bridge

Continuing the London/UK theme of this week. I was surprised that I had not featured Andre Derain (1880-1954) yet in my blog. He was a prominent French artist, and co-founder of the fauvist movement with Matisse. This painting, depicting London's Charing Cross Bridge, dates back to 1906, around the start of that movement - and is one of the best in my opinion. More on Derain in the wikipedia article linked to below.

Friday, October 21, 2011


A classic beauty to mark our short trip to London starting tomorrow - as usual, I have pre-posted blog contributions for the coming week. Pink Floyd's 1977 album Animals becomes better every time you hear it, and the cover is an absolute classic. It depicts the Art Deco structure of London's Battersea Power Station, with a flying pig superimposed. Although credited to the famous Hipgnosis company, the design was ultimately by Roger Waters himself.

All Music

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Lied, Art Song, and Choral Texts Archive

An incredible source of information - this site lists the texts of numerous poems/songs used in classical music, with footnotes and options for translation. Indispensable for classical music lovers like myself.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Eye contact

It;s been far too long since I posted a shot by my Flickr friend Renee Rocket. This is one of two similar shots I faved a few weeks ago (the other is here). Gorgeous model, wonderful post processing, fabulous art deco atmosphere. A masterpiece. I improvised the title for this photograph by the way.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Learn composition by example: The diagonal

If you have been following this blog, you may remember a series of short posts about basic composition techniques in the Art-iculations category. These were written for beginners by a beginner (moi). My Flickr friend Rick (word artist), a very accomplished photographer with a brilliant sense of composition, has embarked upon a similar series for the Flickr group Learn Composition by Example, providing far more information and examples than I did. Previous posts on this subject can be found here:
Leading lines
Negative space
The S-curve
Recently, he posted his thoughts on the diagonal as a composition technique, with 19 photographs as illustration of his points (also to be found in his blog), ranging as usual from the most basic to the advanced very subtle and thought provoking uses. For this topic I have picked a shot by my Flickr friend Andy57 (Like no other), which Rick commented on as follows: "Placing the longer axis of a subject along the image’s diagonal does more than simply fill the frame. Depending on the subject, the angle required to achieve this can create an additional sense of dynamism. What is the reality here? Does hair really fall in that way (even if assisted by wind)? Or is this portrait shot from an angle that allows the subject to fly across the frame, removing negative space and taking on a vibrancy far more impactful that would exist if the image were straight? The use of the unconventional angle creates that sense of motion – it no longer matters whether the model is really leaning forward like that, or whether the camera is simply above her. There is life in the motion." Like the others in this series, highly recommended to expand your compositional horizon.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Theatre Magazine August 1923

A new magazine for this section of the blog: Theatre Magazine, which I discovered via the fascinating Retronaut blog (see link). Wonderful piece of early Art Deco. Another magazine you will be seeing far more of in the coming months.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Autumn water colours

It is high time that my Flickr friend peggyhr, the queen of water reflection shots, makes another appearance in my blog. Very seasonal, this explosion of autumn colours. One of her best, for sure.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Vogue December 1938

A very special Vogue cover of years gone by - desgined by none other than Salvador Dali in his directly recognizable style. One of three he made over the years.


Sunday, October 09, 2011

Links [11]

Once more an overview of interesting links on topics related to the blog, that I encountered recently (some undoubtedly via a Jenny Downing buzz), but that will probably not make the blog as separate entries. The picture above is by myself.

Iceland at Night Photography.
A Rare Glimpse of North Korea.
Corner Portraits by Irving Penn.
Bob Dylan Accused of Plagiarizing Photographs.
London Based Album Covers.
Mountain Reflections by Jack Brauer.
15 Beautiful Libraries Around the World.
Fully Flowered Faces (Sundsbo for Vogue Japan).

Wednesday, October 05, 2011


I am posting less Flickr favourites than in the past, but this is such a gem that I had to show it here as well. Who else than my Flickr friend jenny downing could produce such a compelling image with its wonderful balanced minimalism?

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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Night of hunters

The most impressive new album I have heard in many years - Tori Amos' first excursion into the dreaded pop/rock/classical crossover territory, with a song cycle based on classical themes and with typical classical instrumentation (and published on the most famous classical music label. Deutsche Grammophon). And unlike almost everyone else, she pulls it off (the other great example, coming from the other side, is Anne-Sofie von Otter's For the stars) - I keep on playing this masterpiecve. The linked article gives a great review of the album, including a list of all the classical composition used for this album.

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Monday, October 03, 2011


My favourite shot of the past few months, and judging from comments and faves, probably the closest I have come to making Flickr Explore for the 52nd time. In the end, it got an even better recognition: my Flickr friend Rick (Word Artist) included it in his excellent blog on composition, with the following comment: "As seems to be the general theme of late, it is the simplicity of this image that is its strength. A shape – barely a silhouetted outline – distorted by the ripples of a watered reflection, gives us the dream of power: of the dragon rampant. The simple use of form to convey this feeling should be enough, and it is. But this image takes that a step further, adding a powerful leading line/diagonal to the mix (out of the bottom left corner). Additionally, the overall crop makes excellent use of golden ratios. Pure, stark power." It is of course the reflection of a branch in water, post-processed to b&w to get an oriental feeling - like a Chinese ink painting of a dragon.

Camera: Canon PowerShot Pro1 8 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture: f/4.0
Focal Length: 50.8 mm
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Sunday, October 02, 2011

Motion Picture Classic September 1927

The first, but certainly not the last, cover of the early movie magazine Motion Picture Classic to appear under this heading. Lovely cover shots of famous actresses, like the gorgeous Sally O'Neil in this example, and the occasional actor.