Monday, September 30, 2019

The rhythm section

This poster for the coming Reed Morano thriller is attractive and effective. One would expect a romantic movie given the half-silhouette of actress Blake Lively in a dreamy setting - and then one notices the gun....

Copyright statement: lower resolution images of movie posters considered fair use.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Jailhouse rocks

One of the highlights of the trip to Leeuwarden was our first visit to the old prison, which is now used as hotel and office space, while preserving many of the aspects of its original purpose.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170 handheld
Aperture: f/3.6
Focal length: 4.5 mm
Exposure time: 1/20
ISO speed: 500
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

Copyright statement: image created by myself. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Volvo for life

This creative ad for the Swedish car company Volvo is both hilarious in its concept and brilliant in its execution. Two thumbs up.

Copyright statement: images of advertisements considered fair use

Creative Ads

Thursday, September 26, 2019

You light up my life

This one is for my lovely wife: it was 20 years ago today that we got engaged (we've been married since March 2000). This song, most famous in the version by Debbie Boone, is one of the first we sang together at karaoke. I came across this cover by the Austrian ensemble Groove Cafe - and I quite like this version. Art Rock score: 8/10 (great song, I'd put it on my MP3 player).

Copyright statement: screenshot from video deemed fair use.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

New bats in old bellfries

My Flickr friend Lorraine Kerr has returned with some marvelous shots, first and foremost with this curvy abstract - which comes with an intriguing title. I love the detail of the different shades of grey in the two segments.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Oil on canvas

It's been a while since I last fooled around with the on-line program at the DeepArt site (blogged here). Here we have the result of mixing a photograph I took myself of  a canvas sail in the Zuiderzee Museum Enkhuizen (link), and one of the beautiful abstracts by Zao Wou Ki (5T April). The image created this way is a beautiful blend of the inherent curves of the photograph and the painting's colour range.

Copyright statement: image created via the DeepArt site from one of my original images. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Leeuwarden lineplay

First in a series of shots I took during a day-trip to Leeuwarden last week. This one was shot inside an art piece on the side walk, aiming up (and not being able to see the picture about to be taken). I like the asymmetry in this shot.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170 handheld
Aperture: f/10.0
Focal length: 4.5 mm
Exposure time: 1/320
ISO speed: 200
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

Copyright statement: image created by myself. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

The polite force

Going back to 1971 for this progressive rock album by the Canterbury-based band Egg. An intriguing abstract cover, probably designed by Phil Smee.

Copyright statement: low resolution images of album covers deemed fair use.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Brooklyn Bridge

An artist that was new to me, and whom I came across thanks to the Google Art project (opening new tabs in your browser with a random art work). Joseph Stella (1877 - 1946) was an Italian-born American Futurist painter best known for his depictions of industrial America, especially his images of the Brooklyn Bridge, as illustrated in this cubist rendering from 1920.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Cemex - fast drying concrete

There used to be a subject in the blog on creative advertisements, often with stunning visual results. In the copyright issue purge of 2017 I converted all these posts to draft. I've decided that this is not necessary, since obviously ads are meant to be seen as widely as possible. So I'm reviving the subject, reposting the older contributions. This was the one that kicked off the subject in 2009, a fascinating creation for Cemex fast drying concrete.

Copyright statement: images of advertisements considered fair use

Creative Ads

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

I won't let you down

It was 35 years ago today..... that I got my PhD in chemistry. Not for the first time in this blog I'm posting the PhD hit I won't let you down for the occasion, but this time in an extended version. Art Rock score: 9/10 (very strong song, one of 1000 best songs of all time).

Copyright statement: screenshot from video deemed fair use.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Modern Priscilla January 1916

Another brilliant vintage cover for the magazine The Modern Priscilla. Of course, images of female painters immediately resonate with me. The illustration is credited to John Edwin Jackson.

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Expressionist typography

There used to be a category Special designs in the blog, and these playful typography examples would have been perfect for it. Anything goes to the rescue once again. These brilliant wordplays of a different kind were created by architect Mustafa Ömerli - many more examples in the link. Thanks to Jenny Downing for alerting me to this one.

Copyright statement: all nine examples shown are thumbnail size and considered fair use.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Nets

Not surprisingly, fishing and all its attributes play an important role in the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen, which we visited last week. I like the abstract feeling of this shot of fishing nets, with its contrasts of circular and linear shapes.

Camera: Nikon D7000 with Nikkor 18-300 mm lens handheld
Aperture: f/8.0
Focal length: 18.0 mm
Exposure time: 1/250
ISO speed: 400
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

Copyright statement: image created by myself. Copyright Hennie Schaper.



Saturday, September 14, 2019

Confidence

Another example of the digital art that my wife excels in, be it for scarf design or for art pieces (or both combined into one).

Copyright statement: image created by Lu Schaper. Copyright Lu Schaper.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Filey

A (late) summer feeling in this 1925 Art Deco style poster advertising Filey as a family resort. Filey? Yes, I had to look it up: Filey is a small town and civil parish in North Yorkshire, England. The illustration is by Reginald Edward Higgins (1877 - 1933).

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Keeper Dozen: vintage British sketch comedies

This is the eighteenth of a series of posts that are inspired by the "Desert Island" phenomenon - and that uses an Ansel Adams quote in the wrong way (Adams stated that 12 photographs per year that you're satisfied with is a good showing). In this post, as a follow up of the previous one about British vintage situation comedies, I will select my 12 favourite vintage British sketch comedies (taking 2000 as the cut-off year for the definition of vintage). There is no ranking, I'll list them by year of release. I hope these lists inspire you to check out works you do not know yet.

The Morecambe and Wise Show [1968-1977]
Monty Python's Flying Circus [1969-1974]
Not the Nine O'Clock News [1979-1982]
Spitting Image [1984-1996]
Alas Smith and Jones [1984-1998]
French and Saunders series 1-5 [1987-1996]
Alexei Sayle's Stuff [1988-1991]
A Bit of Fry and Laurie [1989-1995]
The Mary Whitehouse Experience [1990-1992]
Canned Carrott [1990-1995]
Newman and Baddiel in Pieces [1993]
The Imaginatively Titled Punt and Dennis Show [1994-1995]

For the sitcoms, it was a challenge how to select only 12, for this list, it was a challenge to get to 12. But in the end, I like the result. Personal favourite of the lot: A Bit of Fry and Laurie.

Copyright statement: low resolution screenshot, deemed fair use.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Deventer umbrellas

A shot I took on a day trip to nearby Deventer last month, where in some of the streets they had hung scores of umbrellas to liven up the place. Successfully.

Camera: Canon IXUS 170 handheld
Aperture: f/13.0
Focal length: 10.3 mm
Exposure time: 1/320
ISO speed: 250
Post-processing: Picasa 3.0

Copyright statement: image created by myself. Copyright Hennie Schaper.

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Dancing queen

Last week I posted about The Postmodern Jukebox project. Since then I've been exploring some of the featured singers solo repertoire, and many are just as amazing. One of the best is the artist who goes by the name of Puddles Pity Party, and performs as a 2+ meter tall white clown. With a beautiful voice. Here he is in an emo style cover of ABBA's Dancing Queen.

Copyright statement: screenshot from video deemed fair use.

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Bebe

Actress Bebe Daniels is one of my favourite flapper girls, and this is an intriguing portrait of her from 1921 by illustrator Rolf Armstrong (1889-1960).

Copyright statement: image in public domain.

Friday, September 06, 2019

Whistle for the choir

The Fratellis are a Scottish band who had a series of chart hits in the UK in the period 2006-2008, with Chelsea Dagger (used in many sport events) as their biggest success. Their first singles came with attractive forties style pin-up covers. I picked this one because of the background story: The song was originally titled "Knickers in a Handbag" but was changed due to pressure from the label. The artwork points toward the old name by showing a girl on the cover handling a pair of knickers above a handbag.

Copyright statement: lower resolution images of single covers considered fair use.