Saturday, April 30, 2016

Nautical wear and tear

Living fifty meters from a river like the IJssel offers plenty of opportunities for abstract shots using ship hulls. This one may not be a personal favourite, but it is one of the most faved shots in my stream this year.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/6.3
Focal Length: 45.2 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Thursday, April 28, 2016


A winning combination: a beautiful actress like Clara Bow, vintage biplanes and an overall Art Deco feel. If I ever get the chance to see this 1927 Wellman movie about fighter pilots in the Great War, I definitely will.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Today is King's Day in the Netherlands, so for the occasion a cover by King Crimson, one of the pioneers of prog. Thrak is their 1995 comeback album, and the cover photograph is very much in the style of my own abstract photography.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Bovril: a happy thought

With weather conditions in the Netherlands this week more like winter than spring, this seems a suitable poster. Bovril is a thick, salty meat extract, that has been sold in the UK since 1889.

Vintage Posters

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Judge April 1921

A beautiful minimal cover for the Judge magazine from the early twenties. The illustration was drawn by Louis Fancher.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Wenn man sich nicht mehr liebt

German singer Annett Louisan moves between the lines of chanson and jazz, and quite successfully in my opinion. I love her albums, and in particular this song from Das optimale Leben. Great lyrics to boot about how relationships can get into a rut (the title translates as When you no longer love one another). Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).


Friday, April 22, 2016

Emoji Mosaic

The linked site is simple but does exactly what it promises: you upload a picture and it will create a mosaic from emoji icons. The above is what it made of a picture of our cocker spaniel Jazz (original here).

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ring tones

This is a close-up of a piece of furniture. Responses at Flickr were not as good as I had hoped for, but it is one of my favourite shots of the year so far. And I like the title.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Monday, April 18, 2016

Vogue May 1936

An appropriate spring-themed illustration in this Vogue cover from the thirties. It was designed by Alix Zeilinger.


Sunday, April 17, 2016


A recent creation made possible with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). I submitted my photograph of the village of IJsselmuiden (across the river from our home), and a painting by Dutch 17th century master Jan van Goyen (link here). The result is quite astounding. The link leads to the original photograph.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Phil Collins discography 2016 reissues

It's an interesting idea for sure. For the 2016 reissues of his solo albums, Phil Collins decided to re-create the original album covers with his 30-odd years older self as subject. As he sang himself: "take a look at me now...."

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The First

Last week we had a daytrip to The Hague, and I took this shot of the famous statue of Willem van Oranje, the Father of the Netherlands (made in 1845 by Emile de Nieuwerkerke). The unusual viewpoint and the stark contrast with the blue sky make the shot. One of my most faved photographs at Flickr in recent weeks.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/10.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 160
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Boele cigars

This Art Deco style cigar poster from the twenties, found in the Art and Artists blog, is a must-post for me, because Boele was a local Kampen cigar company (by the way "hofleverancier" means that they sold their cigars to the royal family). Even today, Kampen is famous for the quality of the cigars that are still produced here (just 2 minutes walking from our home).

Vintage Posters

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Art and Artists

One of my main discoveries of this year is the fabulous blog Art and Artists (established in 2010), a real treasure trove that will inspire many posts in my blog throughout the year. It has quite rightly been named a Google "Blog of Note".

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Saturday, April 09, 2016


I have never seen this 2002 Bruce Paltrow movie, but the poster design is both brilliant and charming.

Friday, April 08, 2016

The birth of legends

It's that time of the year once more.... Image sourced from a targeted FaceBook advertisement.


Thursday, April 07, 2016


Another shot in my CoolArt series - reflections of my wife's painting captured in the aluminium surface of a cooling bag. Not one of my own favourites, but the one that got most positive responses so far on Flickr.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170, 20 Megapixels, handheld
Exposure: 0.0125 sec (1/80)
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal Length: 4.5 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0


Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Still life

A fairly recent work by my wife, and it has to be seen as it is rather than a picture: by including real flowers and leaves, this mixed media work literally comes to life.

The Art of Lu Schaper

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Australia's Blue Mountains

When I came across this travel poster yesterday, it immediately brought back good memories of our visit to this place 15 years ago (when we were living in Singapore). It was created in the 1930s by James Northfield.

Vintage Posters

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Ripped in March

A selected overview of culture stars relevant to my own tastes who passed away this month. Rest in peace. Image by myself.

Tony Dyson (68), British designer. He was the man who created the famous Star Wars droid R2D2, as well as various props for movies like Moonraker and Superman II.
Nikolaus Harnoncourt (86), Austrian conductor and pioneer of the historically informed performances. Not a personal favourite, but there is no denying his importance.
Gary Braasch (70), American photographer specializing in wildlife and environment. His work was published in Time, Life, and many other magazines,
Michael White (80), British impresario and film producer, Best remembered as the producer of that cult movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
George Martin (90), British record producer, composer and musician, One of the most successful producers of all time, and extensively involved in all Beatles records (he was known  as the fifth Beatle).
Jon English (66), British-born Australian singer/songwriter. His seventies hit Hollywood Seven is on our car USB stick.
Keith Emerson (71), British keyboardist and composer. After his spell with The Nice, he was the cofounder of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, one of the most famous prog bands of all time. Although I never warmed up to their albums, several of their songs are great, first and foremost Lucky Man.
Peter Maxwell Davies (81), British composer. He was one of my favourite contemporary composers. I have dozens of CD's of his works including his symphonies, concertos, and string quartets.
Sylvia Anderson (88), British producer and voice actress. She created and voiced Lady Penelope in The Thunderbirds, my favourite sixties' TV show.
Johan Cruyff (68), Dutch football player and coach. Not a typical AFAS subject, but a legend for my generation. Widely regarded as one of the best of all time.
Garry Shandling (66), American comedian and actor. Best remembered for The Larry Sanders Show.
Ronnie Corbett (85), British comedian. A long-time presence in the British comedy scene, probably best remembered for his co-starring role in The two Ronnies.
Zaha Hadid (65), Iraqi-British architect. One of the most famous of the past fifty years, her work includes many iconic buildings, and she was the first female recipient of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize.
Douglas Wilmer (96), British actor. He played Sherlock Holmes in the 1965 TV series, and appeared in numerous TV series and movies, including some of my favourites like The Avengers, UFO, Octopussy, and Sherlock.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

The ethics of photojournalism

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Brussels, a live broadcast by Fox News captured a well-known photojournalist creating a staged news shot (although to be fair it is possible he intended this for non-news use only) - which sparked a debate about the ethics of photojournalism. The linked Guardian article is an interesting read about the subject.

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Friday, April 01, 2016

Paris, windows to the past by Julien Knez

The idea is not new, but I love the execution and the surprises in this art project. Julien Knez took a stack of photos of Paris taken between 1871 and 1968, and then photographed the same sites from the same angle. Many are predictable, but there are some real surprises, such as this one of the metro station Odeon. As usual, all rights retained by the artist.