Saturday, June 30, 2012

The sun is shining

The German all-girl pop quartet Boxmaya have scored nine gigantic hits in the charts over the past three years. The accompanying three albums sold well too. Surprisingly, they changed their formula with their latest release. The album The sun is shining is a themed cover album: all songs are from the sixties, seventies, and eighties, and all have to do with that summer feeling. There are predictable choices (Lovin' Spoonful's Summer in the city, Donovan's Sunshine superman), and more surprising ones, such as First Class' Beach Baby, with lyrics re-written to reflect the girl's point of view. The first single release from this album is currently climbing up the charts in spite of the rainy weather, and is quite representative for the album: their version of Cruel Summer does not surpass the original by Bananarama but is still well worth hearing. Recommended, except for purists.

The idea of this little game is to create an album cover for an imaginary artist/group, as well as an imaginary review, following these instructions:

[1] The artist/group: go to the wiki random page generator. The first random Wikipedia article obtained this way is the name of the band or performer. In this case, I ended up with Boxmaya.
[2] The title: go to the random quotations site. The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of the album. The random quote that came up was by John F. Kennedy: The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Enjoying the sun, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Poor Richard 45 Black and Onyx 70 Black, respectively.

Note: this is a variation on the "Debut album game" that has been making its rounds around bulletin boards and blogs for some time now - the original version called for a random Flickr Explore photograph to be used as the cover. I have been trying to find out who had the original idea, but so far no success.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Triangles and flowing lines

It's been far too much time between faving this shot five weeks ago and finally posting it in my blog - it may well be the most impressive photograph I have seen on Flickr this year, and perhaps even longer than that. It was created by my Flickr friend andy_57, once more with his Michele as his model. This time the focus is on her magnificent legs, in a pose that is simply out of this world, and a lighting choice that is breathtaking. Refined and sensual at the same time, words really can't do justice to this perfect masterpiece. Treat yourself, click the link and view large on black. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Cinelandia October 1928

Another marvelous cover of Cinelandia, an Argentinean movie magazine that sported plenty of great actress-based covers in the twenties and thirties. This cover shows Poland's darling Pola Negri, the first European film star to be invited to Hollywood.


Monday, June 25, 2012

When the sun goes down

Here is another act I had never heard of, but I came across the album cover and has to post it. Selena Gomez and the Scene is a teen pop band, who released their third album When the sun goes down in 2011. The album cover shows off the attractive singer, dressed in jazz age style, with an appropriate Art Deco feeling to the font and decoration. Very tasteful indeed. The album's credits mentions several names for art direction and photography, not clear who was responsible in the end.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Links [22]

Once more an overview of interesting links on topics related to the blog, that I encountered recently, but that will probably not make the blog as separate entries. The picture above is by myself.

The Architecture of the London Olympics.
Photomanipulation 1865-1976.
Red Telephone Boxes with a Twist.
Top 10 Lost Artworks.
Britains Best New Buildings.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Abstract in rope and shadow

One of my most popular shots of the year so far, even though it did not make Flickr Explore. Plenty of comments and faves. I took this one near our home at the river front. A detail of a ship's rope and its shadow.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/5.9
Focal Length: 20 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tragic mood

Here we have another expressionist master that I had never heard of. Marianne von Werefkin (1860-1938) was a Russian painter, who worked in Germany and Switzerland. Her style was expressionist with a healthy dash of realism. I am particularly impressed by the depicted painting from 1910, entitled Tragic mood. An artist well worth exploring more in the coming months.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

The leg rowers

My Flickr friend cormend is currently posting an extensive series of high quality photographs from his trip to Myanmar earlier this year (complete set here at Flickr). I have faved a number of them, and in particular the ones dealing with the locals interacting with the water are fascinating. For this one you really need to click the link and see it large (alternatively click here), because the extended oblong format does not go particularly well with the blog lay-out. It is a gem. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Vogue June 1929

Hopefully we can get some summer weather as well the coming weeks... a beautiful vintage Art Deco Vogue cover in summer mood, designed as so often by William Bolin.


Saturday, June 16, 2012


A painting dating back to almost 10 years ago - but selected by a local newspaper as illustration for a first publication about our gallery in Kampen (Galerie LuS). Undoubtedly because sailing ships are frequent visitors here. This one was actually based on a visit to Le Havre in Normandy, France.

The Art of Lu Schaper

Friday, June 15, 2012

Into the heart

I had not planned to post this one in my blog, but since my Flickr friend Rick (word artist) selected it for his composition blog, here it is. Flower macros is a subject I have steered away from, but I did want to check the macro function of my new point and shooter. And I must say, I was not disappointed. Rick's comment from here, verbatim: "Yes, I know. Flower macro. Been there, done that. It’s not like… well, maybe it is a little like… A flower macros shot that actually stands out, that adds something more to the pot than just prettiness of form, is rarer than one might imagine, given the obscene number of such shots taken. This one takes a different view of things floral. The tight crop is the key to this image’s success, removing the “distraction” of the outer petal shape. We go beyond the floral, into an alien world of distorted space and organic patterns: a descent into some unknown, from which some unknowable life form emerges. There is a sense of direction, as we are sucked into this funnel, and the sinuous creatures come to meet us. We are lost going over that edge. And, of course, those details of life are placed where they should be, nicely about the golden ratio intersection within this passage between worlds. Yes, floral macros could indeed become addictive."

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.02 sec (1/50)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5 mm
ISO Speed: 250
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Rolling Stones Tour poster 1981

Aside from the subject and the obvious Stones tongue logo, this concert tour poster from 1981 could have come straight out of the golden days of Art Deco. Wonderful piece of retro design. I found this on the linked official Rolling Stones archive site, so it should be genuine.

Vintage Posters

Monday, June 11, 2012

Snow White and the Huntsman

It is not often that I see a movie poster in the streets which makes such a strong impact on me. I immediately took a picture to sort out at home which movie this is. A new release of course, Snow White and the Huntsman by director Rupert Sanders, starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron. The combination of the actress' eye and the bird's eye is simply amazing. More on this movie in the IMDB article linked to below.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

High heels

A recent addition to my short list of Flickr friends, here we have another gem by Peter Levi. The more I see of his work, the more I admire him for some of the best black and white photography around. This shot was taken in a Stockholm subway station, with excellent use of depth of field, as well as brilliant point of view. A breathtaking candid - or if it was posed, even more kudos for the natural result. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Links [21]

Once more an overview of interesting links on topics related to the blog, that I encountered recently, but that will probably not make the blog as separate entries. The picture above is by my Flickr friend aftab.

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee: Unusual Portraits.
How Yahoo Killed Flickr and Lost the Internet.
How the Wild West Really Looked .
A Collection of Vintage Car Accident Photographs.
Colour Photocroms of Venice in the 1890's.
Brahney's iPhone Rothkos.

Friday, June 08, 2012

Paul Simon and Graceland

It is surreal for someone my age, but the first release of Paul Simon's landmark album Graceland, a candidate for one of the 10 best pop/rock records of all time as far as I am concerned, is already over 25 years ago. Lucy Jones of the Telegraph has writen a very interesting piece about this album, and the controversy that surrounded it due to the Apartheid in South Africa. Well worth reading. So is the even more critical piece at Pink Scare, by the way.

web site

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Bonzai square

It's been a while since I last featured my Flickr friend Claire (missnoma) in this blog , but here she is with a recent fave of mine. The subject is simple, "just" a tree, but its special shape and the combination with the sky makes this a really beautiful shot. I love the flow of the composition as well. As usual, all rights retained by the creator.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Ladra di vento

Browsing one of my regular music blogs, I came across this beauty of an album cover by an artist I had never heard of. The singer is Giorgia, a famous recording star in Italy with about a dozen pop albums released since her debut in 1993. This particular album, Ladra di vento, dates from 2003. The cover shows the beautiful singer in a stylish rendition, with original and strong font choice for the title and artist's name. I like in particular how the red of her lips is echoed in the word di of the title. I could not retrieve further information on the designer.

Monday, June 04, 2012

The Delineator June 1928

I had never heard of the magazine The Delineator, an American women's magazine of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This cover that I came across recently is beautiful though, in true Art Deco style. Excellent design by Helen Dryden.


Sunday, June 03, 2012


A new helpful website to browse the Flickr streams of your friends (or yourself) in a quick and convenient way. Simply take the linked url, and complete it with /[Flickr identity code] of the one you want to browse. The resulting continuous role-out gives an easy overview, and clicking an image will take you to that Flickr page. As an example I show an excerpt of the portfotolio page for my Flickr friend Adrian's art.

web site

Saturday, June 02, 2012

The eye of the storm

One of my personal favourite shots of the year so far. It is once more a detail of a paper art work by Elsa Visser that we saw during the Kampen Art Route, a 2-day tour in April to explore the various artists our new home town has to offer (previous one here). From a composition point of view, the important characteristics here are the plethora of leading lines and the golden ratio (placement of the "eye of the storm" on a golden ratio focal point). And of course the conversion to black and white to further emphasize the line play.

Camera: Canon EOS 400D Digital 10 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/6.3
Focal Length: 200 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0