Snapshot Sunday: Abstract glue

Alright, I have to admit that I’m a bit late with this Snapshot since it’s Monday already. But still I wanted to share this with you.

As a biology teacher I now and then have to use a microscope. This time our class was observing plant tissue, which is nice to look at for sure. However, I always try to find parts within or around the specimen that please me aesthetically.
Here you see a 400x magnified bit of glue that is used to keep the coverslip on the slide. I did made it black and white to make it look more dramatic, even abstract and reminiscent of Max Cooper tracks.

 

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Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) a flamboyant extravagant painter who revolutionized art. Pablo’s tumultuous life has known many women and perhaps as many styles. I would love to show you the diversity of his works. Want to know why Pablo went through a “blue” period and why the Guernica was painted? I can highly recommend the following documentary.

 

Hans Savery de Oude

Hans Savery de Oude (ca. 1564 – ?, 1622/1625) was a painter from the Southern Netherlands. He mainly painted marine paintings. In 2002, the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam bought a work of Savery of the Amsterdam (c. 1600), a ship of the Dutch East India Company. Personally, I loved the way he portrayed the waves as well as the freshness of the image. Here it is!

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Flora Borsi

Flora Borsi is a fine art photographer from Hungary. She uses exquisite photo manipulation to create surreal images that are thematically focused on identity, relationships, emotions and dreams. Her immaculate technique and subtle conceptual
ideas create beautiful evocations of universal emotions, from lust and desire to despair and loss. I mainly like her recent project called Animeyed.

Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy (1956- ) is a British sculptor and land artist. He is best known for his land art situated in both natural and urban landscapes. Goldsworthy  is generally considered the founder of modern rock balancing. Photography plays a crucial role in his art due to its often ephemeral and transient state. So far, this is one of my favourite artists I’ve stumbled upon this year! How about you?

Trailer: Rivers and Tides

Snapshot Sunday: Canopy

After a day “at the office” I sat down on the couch in my living room, opened up the Netflix App on my television and stared outside for a second. I was struck by the beautiful evening skies  contrasted by the black, empty lines of leafless trees.

As some of you might know, I’m a birdwatcher and I do have a spotting scope in my living room,  ready to observe bird migration and local birds. This time, I decided to aim it at the picturesque scene and took a photography through the lens of my scope (this technique is often used by birders and is called digiscoping). By cropping and increasing the contrast of the picture I created a sort of Abstract Expressionist photos. To a certain extent they resemble works of Jackson Pollock to me! However, I should try to make the images sharper still.

I personally like the ones with a lot of blackness most. What about you?

Andrzej Gudanski

Andrzej Gudanski has developed his own and unique style.His paintings are full of poetry, wit, anxiety and are shrouded by extraordinary aura. What is real cooperates with that what is imagined. He seems to have fun at the unusual, wonderful and absurd. It is impossible to distinguish between the serious and the frivolous.

Link to Gudanski’s gallery.

 

Second Canvas

Lucky me, I joined a contest on Mauritshuis’s Twitter and won their brand new App called Second Canvas! Time to write a brief review!

Second Canvas is an App developed for Mauritshuis, one of the most prominent Dutch museums situated in The Hague. The App can be bought in the Appstore or Google Play store (price: €1.99 November 2016).

This App is able to provide you with a true museum experience. Second Canvas is all about details and allows you to observe every inch of canvas like you were standing right in front of the original artwork. Furthermore, some paintings have an option to view infra-red images of underlying layers, an audio tour and texts describing the depicted scenes.

The details are simply breathtaking. Bugs on the leaves of an apple tree, flies on Potter’s cow, the tiniest craquelure and chips of paint on Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, the subtle yellow brush strokes on the Goldfinch’s wing, the vivid paleness of skins painted by Rembrandt.

Right now the following paintings are fully featured:

  1. Johannes Vermeer – Girl with a Pearl Earring
  2. Rubens and Brueghel – The Garden of Eden
  3. Rembrandt – The Anatomy Lesson

Seven other paintings do have text descriptions, but do not have the full range of options. Hopefully Mauritshuis will add more paintings in the near future.
Still, I’d rate this fabulous App with its future potentials and great features a solid four stars!

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Clyfford Still

Clyfford Still (1904-1980) was among the first generation of Abstract Expressionists who developed a new, powerful approach to painting in the years immediately following World War II. Described by many as the most anti-traditional of the Abstract Expressionists, Still is credited with laying the groundwork for the movement. Still’s shift from representational painting to abstraction occurred between 1938 and 1942, earlier than his colleagues, who continued to paint in figurative-surrealist styles well into the 1940s.

Snapshot Sunday: Folds

I’m glad I made it again, another Snapshot Sunday!

This week I’ve been very busy and I could not think about, or let alone complete, this weeks Snapshot project. Yesterday evening I decided to pick one subject to work with in order to work time efficient. At first I wondered whether I just complicated my project this week, but it turned out to be a great decision.

I decided to work with a towel. Why a towel? Well, first of all I didn’t had to look for one! But more important, a towel can be changed to different forms very easily and its texture will always bring nice effects to your photos. It’s almost like producing fabric landscapes with bridges, plains, mountains and caves!
Which one is your favourite? Mine is definitely fold number 3: The Chinese wall!

Luis Tomasello

Luis Tomasello (1915-2014) is an Argentinian constructivist. He is internationally known for his Atmospheres chromoplastiques, in which he poses white cubes on a white background to engage with the colors of shadows and reflected light. Don’t you think his works look balanced and calm, but engaging an dynamic at the same time?

 

 

Photography: The Definitive Visual History

Written by world-renowned photographer, writer, and broadcaster Tom Ang, Photography lavishly celebrates the most iconic photographs and photographers of the past 200 years. Tracing the history of photography from its origins in the 1800s to the digital age, Photography: The Definitive Visual History is the only book of its kind to give a comprehensive account of the people, the photographs and the technologies that have shaped the history of photography.

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From the first black-and-white photography to photojournalism and contemporary street photography, Photography celebrates the most iconic photographs and profiles 50 of the most famous photographers, with special features on Pulitzer Prize-winners and thematic timelines on portrait, war, advertising, and fashion photography.

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Dissecting classics such as Daguerre’s Boulevard de Temple, Stieglitz’s The Steerage, Rosenthal’s Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, and McCurry’s Afghan Girl, this amazing reference not only showcases incredible photographs, but tells their stories, in-depth, and is a must-have for anyone who appreciates the beauty of photography.

The developments of technologies are interesting, but might not be the primary reason why art-lovers should buy Photography. I would say that the stories behind the pictures and the high quality images should be the convincing factors ! Personally, I especially loved the in focus sections. These sections made the reader focus on particular parts of the photograph, analysing the strengths of the picture. Furthermore, this book makes a great coffee table book. Its cover is a great eye-catcher and will seduce you to flip through some more pages.
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Jan Weissenbruch

Jan Weissenbruch (1822-1880) was a Dutch artist, mainly known for his city paintings. Weissenbruch was a member of the Hague School group. They generally made use of relatively somber colors, which is why the Hague School is sometimes called the Gray School. However, Weissenbruch’s works are realistic and appear bright, fresh and lively. He excels at painting clear blue skies and sharp outlined buildings. His works are even compared with works of Vermeer.

Currently, his works are on display at the Teylers museum (Haarlem, The Netherlands)