Friday, October 31, 2014

When October goes

Instead of the usual Halloween posts(s), this year I opted for an appropriate jazz ballad for the 31st of October. When October goes is a beautiful song with lyrics by Johnny Mercer (his last) and music by Barry Manilow. I like this version by Rosemary Clooney best.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014


When I spotted this butterfly on the street through our gallery window, I had to get out and take a picture. The poor thing tried to fly away afterwards, but to no avail. Don't know what happened to it, I assume nature took its course, with plenty of birds and cats around. My 71st photograph to make Flickr Explore, the 500 most interesting shots of the day.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.0 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Vogue October 1932

The awesome series of illustrated vintage Vogue covers stretched well into the thirties. In this one, I very much like the way the magazine title is embedded in the drawing. Unfortunately no information about the artist was given.


Friday, October 24, 2014

The stolen bride

A beautiful vintage movie poster for the 1927 Alexander Korda movie The stolen bride, starring Billie Dove. The movie itself apparently did not make much of an impression, but the poster is very much worthwhile.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Six years since the re-start

Although the blog originally started over eight years ago, I made a complete re-start on 22 October 2008. Difficult to imagine that its second life is now already about three times as long as the original incarnation. Image created at the Photofunia page.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Candee shoes

In preparation for real autumn weather, a beautiful Art Deco poster for Candee shoes, suitable for rain and snow. I could not find further information on this (presumably German) brand, or on the designer of the poster.

Vintage Posters

Monday, October 20, 2014


Inspired by yesterday's post: here is the video of the very first hit of Blondie in the Netherlands, going all the way to the #1 position in 1978. Still a fun song to listen to after all these years. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Cold as ice

One of my favourite abstract photographs of the year so far. It is a close-up of a church column in Kampen. The icy steel tones make the shot stand out.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5 mm
ISO Speed: 320
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Abstracting reality part 5: zooming in

Of the recurring topics in my photography, abstract images tend to stand out. This has inspired me to write a series of blog posts on the subject, as seen through my lay-man's eyes (I never received any formal training on photography). In these posts, I will tackle the following six (not mutually exclusive) themes: distorted reflections, architectural abstracts, wear and tear, zooming in, abstracted art, and miscellaneous situations. A general introduction was posted here; the first contribution (on distorted reflections) was posted here, the second contribution (on architectural abstracts) was posted here, the third contribution (on wear and tear) was posted here.

Zooming in (the fourth of the themes) can turn every day scenes into unexpected abstracts. I am not talking so much about macro photography with special lenses, as well picking a detail of a larger subject to create the abstract photograph. In many ways, your imagination is your limit. There is no binding theme between the various abstract shots created this way, the usual abstract ingredients like line play and patterns will always come into play though. Please click here to see 12 selected examples from my Flickr photostream with some background information.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Asia August 1931

The magazine Asia, a popular American magazine in the 1920s and 1930s that featured reporting about Asia and its people, has featured twice before in this blog. Here we have a late Art Deco gem from the early thirties. The illustration is by Frank Mackintosh.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Dodo with a feather hat

Another expressionist masterpiece by German painter Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938), who painted this portrait in 1911. "Dodo" might refer to Doris Grosze, who was his favoured model at the time. More about Kirchner in the Wikipedia article linked to below.

Friday, October 10, 2014


The music of the American rock band ZZ Top does not appeal to me at all, but this is a beautiful and iconic album cover. Eliminator was released in 1983, and includes some of their most popular songs in Europe. The art work for the album, presumably including the cover design, is credited to Tom Hunnicutt.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Vogue March 1931

Time for another vintage Vogue cover. Hard not to sing "Lady in red" when you see this one. Once more, the famous Georges Lepape is the illustrator - and I love the playful font.


Sunday, October 05, 2014

Sail on

A fairly recent work by my wife, inspired by the Sail Kampen 2014 event. A bold expressionist view, and a personal favourite of mine.

The Art of Lu Schaper

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Snow Flower and the secret fan

It may not have gotten the best reviews, but I would love to see this 2011 Wayne Wang movie. It is based on Lisa See's novel of the same name, which I liked very much (as usual for this author). The poster is great as well, with a visual play on the secret theme in the way she holds the fan.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Yet another green world

Taken at the same place as this one, but in spite of the similarity of the two, I find them sufficiently different to have them both as candidates for my traditional keeper dozen countdown by the end of the year. One commenter on Flickr likened it to a frozen waterfall thawing.

Camera: Canon IXUS 115 HS, 12 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Thursday, October 02, 2014

Something in the water

Not exactly my taste in music, but there is no denying American country star Carrie Underwood's talent and stamina: she deserves her title of Country Music's reigning Queen. Her latest single Something in the water comes in a beautiful monochrome cover. More about Carrie Underwood on the linked Wikipedia page.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

After the gold rush

It is not often that I hear a cover of a famous song that completely blows the original out of the water. It happened earlier this year when I got hold of k.d. lang's 2004 album Hymns of the 49th Parallel. Her take on Neil Young's After the goldrush is breathtakingly beautiful. Art Rock score: 9/10 (excellent song, one of the 600 best of all time).