Monday, April 30, 2012

From dusk til dawn

A new name in the blog. I came across this beauty by fellow Flickrite - and now Flickr friend - Peter Levi in the 200+ faves group earlier today and just had to post it immediately. Sheer perfection, one of the best silhouette shots I have ever seen, and showing me how much I still have to learn on that theme. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Orange bitter

Today is Queen's day in the Netherlands, a national holiday in which a large part of the population celebrates the ties with the royal family. The special drink for the day is Oranjebitter (Orange bitter), referring to orange as the national colour of our country. For the occasion a vintage poster of just over a century ago - even though this particular brand was produced in Belgium.

Vintage Posters

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Eye contact

Two weeks ago we enjoyed the Kampen Art Route, a 2-day tour to explore the various artists our new home town has to offer. This photograph, one of my favourites of the year so far, is a close-up of a paper sculpture by Elsa Visser. From a composition point of view, the important characteristics here are the use of negative space and the golden ratio (placement of the eye on a golden ratio focal point).

Camera: Canon EOS 400D Digital 10 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/6.3
Focal Length: 200 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Monday, April 23, 2012

The end of the affair

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful movie posters of all time, this 1999 movie by Neil Jordan. A wonderful romantic impressionist image of London, helped by the limited colour palette. I really could see this hanging on the wall of my study. More on this movie in the IMDB article linked to below.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Church of Carrieres-Saint-Denis

Another painting that I selected for the blog because we saw it during our October 2011 London trip. This one by Georges Braque is in the Tate Modern Museum. It dates back to 1909, and is an excellent example of early cubism. More on Braque in the wikipedia article linked to below.

Friday, April 20, 2012


Such a magnificent play with depth of field, with the main subject in focus layered between out of focus bokeh-style fore- and background. It is a brilliant effort by my Flickr friend jenny downing, surely one of her very best. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Paris Moods

I came across this 2003 posthumous jazz album by Barney Wilen recently, and I simply love the cover. Unfortunately, I could not find any further information on its design - the drawing might be by Marie Moor, whose art appears on other Wilen covers. Also love the detail of the font choice for the OOD sequence in the title.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Chain hang

This was supposed to be just another chains shot to use for the links subject of my blog, albeit the first one with my new toy point and shooter - but now that my Fickr friend Rick (word artist) has selected this as an example in his composition blog The image composer, I have decided to feature it under My Photography. To quote Rick: "Another exceptional piece of composition. The diagonal here is the key element holding the image together, but it it the chain – protruding into the foreground and the clear subject – that steals the show. The high contrast allows the detail in the foreground to really shine, but the eye is not held permanently on that point: it is free to roam within the triangle of chain and beam, with the background loop of chain as an additional path back to the focal point. It is no real surprise that the bracket that attached the chain to the beam on the right side straddles the golden ratio there, and the hanging chain lied snugly alongside the double golden ratio line. Even within a white setting, where the edges of the scene merge into the surrounds, that detail helps to give more emphasis. Another perfect link in an ongoing chain." By the way, I think it looks even better on white as in the Flickr link.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/1250)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Vanity Fair March 1927

Another Art Deco masterpiece from the archives of Vanity Fair. This cover was designed by Eduardo Garcia Benito - with more than a hint of Modigliani in the female figure.


Friday, April 13, 2012

The painter of light is extinguished

A week ago Thomas Kinkade suddenly passed away. The self-named "painter of light" is an American phenomenon - it has been estimated that in every 20th American household you will find one of his products. Obituaries have been predictably mild in spite of the controversy of his kitsch "art". The best read I encountered was by Bob Duggan, who draws an interesting parallel with Ronald Reagan. Well worth the click to read it.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Vogue December 1922

A vintage Vogue cover from the period between Art Nouveau and Art Deco. I could not find further information on this cover.


Monday, April 09, 2012

Rust feather

There is something incredibly photogenic about rust - certainly when its possibilities are spotted by such an accomplished photographer as my Flickr friend ebergcanada. The result is a magnificent abstract, full of colour and shapes. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.


This 1989 single by the UK 80s new wave band Eurythmics was not their biggest hit by far - but it does sport one of their best single cover designs, with great use of depth of field, and contrast, and judicious font and colour choice as well. And the title is fitting for the conclusion of the Easter weekend.... More about Eurythmics on the linked wikipedia page.

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Damien Hirst retrospective at Tate Modern

In my opinion, Damien Hirst represents to a large extent everything that is wrong with contemporary art. To be fair though, there is no denying his importance in the current scene, both financially and artistically. The linked article by Richard Dorment gives a rather more positive review of his current retrospective exhibition in London's Tate Modern than I would have. Image created with Photofunia.

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Friday, April 06, 2012

Ruht wohl ihr heiligen Gebeine

Last year's Easter weekend I posted one of the highlights of Bach's Saint Matthew's Passion (Mache dich, mein Herze, rein), this year I have opted for the most moving part of his other main Passion, the Saint John's. Enjoy the amazing beauty of Ruht wohl ihr heiligen Gebeine, in the version by The Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists under John Eliot Gardiner.


Monday, April 02, 2012

Ophelia among the flowers

Another painting that we saw with our own eyes during our London trip of October last year. Odilon Redon (1840-1916) was a French artist of the Symbolism genre, inspired by mythology and dream imagery. This beauty dates back to 1908. More on Redon in the wikipedia article linked to below.

Sunday, April 01, 2012


Here is another one of those minimalist abstract photographs that my Flickr friend Lorraine Kerr (caeciliametella) excels in. It is as minimal as it gets, just basically one geometrical shape (the cut-off circle) in a tone palette that consists mainly of two variations of blue-green and one silvery line. But it is in the subtleness of the contrasts of the light and dark sections of the shot that lies its true - and considerable - artistic value. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.