Thursday, March 31, 2016

La Femme Chic March 1927

This French magazine has not featured before in my blog. Suitable timing to post this Art Deco beauty, given that we expect the first really nice spring days this weekend.


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Approaching red

One of my personal favourites of the year so far. This abstract is a macro of a wooden bollard near our home, turned 90 degrees. Decent reactions on Flickr.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A concert in the garden

It's always a pleasure to discover a painter I had not heard of before, but whom I like. A case in point is Swiss artist Alice Bailly (1872-1938), whose works show the influence of cubism, fauvism, and Dada. This examples dates back to 1920, and is simply beautiful. More about Bailly in the Wikipedia article linked to below.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Deep Art

The Deep Art web site offers the visitor a unique opportunity for using the stylistic elements of one image to draw the content of another - for free. The shot above is my photograph of one of Kampens gates (original here) rendered in the style of Monet's Dusk in Venice (image here). There are a few snags though: there is a limit on the image size rendered, it comes with an ugly water mark, and given the popularity, it takes a few days before the image is sent to your email box.

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Easter!

With these chocolate Easter eggs, I wish you a pleasant (long) Easter weekend. I have used a painting-like treatment with the free software SuperPhoto that came with my laptop on a shot I took years ago. The link leads to the original photograph.

Friday, March 25, 2016

The book of love

Today is our 16th anniversary - happy anniversary darling! For the occasion, Peter Gabriel's cover of The Magnetic Fields' The book of love. This first appeared on his cover album Scratch my back, and for me the absolute highlight of this (possibly) last album in his glorious career. Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).


Saturday, March 19, 2016

This masquerade

Another example of what I have dubbed CoolArt, shots created from reflections of my wife's paintings in an aluminium cooling bag. Fascinating how shapes are formed in the distorted reflection that were no present in the painting itself - in this case the hint of a hooded figure. Not a popular shot, but a personal favourite.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/5.0
Focal Length: 14.8 mm
ISO Speed: 320
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Friday, March 18, 2016

Ceiling zero

This image combines three things I love: Art Deco, vintage movie posters and old airplanes. It is the Swedish poster for the 1936 Howard Hawks movie Ceiling Zero.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The blue train

Yes, please, let's take the blue train to the French Cote d'Azur and take in some sunshine. The Calais-Mediterranée Express nicknamed the Blue Train was a luxury French night express train which operated from 1886 to 2003. This Art Deco poster is probably from the thirties and possibly designed by David Juniper.

Vintage Posters

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Ye olde city hall

Another example of my digital art, created with the free software SuperPhoto that came with my laptop. This painting-like treatment was applied to an early morning foggy picture I took a few days ago near our home - it shows the old city hall of Kampen, which now houses the city museum. The link leads to the original photograph.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Brother sparrow

Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel has released two of the best albums of this century. Her first had a very retro design cover (featured here), and that style is reflected as well in the cover of one of the single releases, Brother sparrow. More about Agnes Obel on the linked Wikipedia page.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Vogue June 1935

Please click the thumbnail above to open the image in a separate window. One of the most stunning Vogue covers I have seen recently. I love everything about it, the composition, the limited colour scheme, the spring feeling. Excellent work by illustrator Jean Pages.


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Berlin street scene

It's been a while since I last featured one of the expressionist masterpieces of German painter Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938). He painted this street scene in 1913. More about Kirchner in the Wikipedia article linked to below.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Hello goodbye (RIP George Martin)

Earlier this week, one of the legends of rock passed away: producer George Martin, best remembered for his extensive involvement in defining, shaping and producing so many Beatles classics. Their Hello goodbye seems an appropriately titled song to pay homage to the great man. Rest in peace. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).


Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Line play

One of my more popular shots of recent weeks in terms of vies and faves. This abstract is a detail of a ship moored near our home.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/5.0
Focal Length: 14.8 mm
ISO Speed: 320
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Monday, March 07, 2016

Soaked to the bone

Add this band and album to the growing stack of acts that I have never heard, but that release albums with great covers. The British band The Black Feathers are labeled as Folk/Alternative country, and this is their first album, released earlier this year. No information on the design of the beautiful and very atmospheric cover.

EDIT: information provided by the band to me after I posted this - The photo was taken by Gerry Lane. Artwork direction and layout by J Kyle Kelly at Villain Place in Nashville.

Sunday, March 06, 2016


Since 1/1/16 I have embarked on a Flickr challenge to post a picture every single day of the year, hoping that this would help me find inspiration, And it did. The main result though is that it led me to discover a new type of photographic art, which I call CoolArt: capturing reflections of colourful paintings (by my wife) in the slightly crumpled surface of an aluminium cooling bag. There is a large element of chance to this, as it is difficult to predict the outcome, especially after a bit of post-processing. But I quite like the images I create this way, and they fit in the general theme of abstract photography that features prominently in my output. The link leads to the set of these images on my Flickr page.


Saturday, March 05, 2016

United States Lines

A beautiful nineteen twenties poster for the United States Lines, that ran transatlantic passenger ships from 1929 to 1969. The eye catcher is of course the typical flapper girl with her yellow hat.

Vintage Posters

Friday, March 04, 2016

Asia May 1931

Tha Asia magazine produced some of the most stunning covers of the Art Deco age. This is one of the very best.


Thursday, March 03, 2016

Ripped in February

A selected overview of culture stars relevant to my own tastes who passed away this month - glad to see this month being less devastating than January. Rest in peace. Image by myself.

Maurice White (74), American singer and founder of the band Earth Wind and Fire. Several of their songs made it to our car USB stick, including Fantasy, September and Boogie Wonderland.
Joe Dowell (76), American pop singer, best known for his American #1 hit Wooden heart (charting in the USA years before the more famous Elvis Presley version).
Umberto Eco (84), Italian novelist. I have read his most famous book, The name of the rose.
Piotr Grudziński (40), Polish guitar player and founder member of the prog rock band Riverside. They made some of the best albums of this century, including Out of myself, Second life syndrome and Love, fear and the time machine.
Peter Marlow (53), British news photographer. Remembered for his political images, from Thatcher to Blair.
Douglas Slocombe (104), British cinematographer. He worked on the brilliant first three Indiana Jones movies. 
George Kennedy (91), Academy Award winning American actor. I will always remember him as Captain Ed Hocken in the hilarious Naked Gun movies, playing opposite Leslie Nielsen.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Loving Vincent

A newly discovered painting by Vincent van Gogh? No, a still from an upcoming animated movie (Loving Vincent) about the last days of the famous painter. The usual 12 images per second - but in a stunning decision, director Dorota Kobiela has ordered every single image to be painted on canvas in Vincent's style. Over a hundred painters were employed for this unique project. More information and a trailer in the link below. Fascinating.