Robert L. Peters

23 February 2013

Grow greener every day…

(original image sources unknown)

21 February 2013

100 years ago… in Paris

Paris, France

This is a small sampling of Autochrome images made ​​in Paris between 1914 and 1918. The Autochrome process was developed by the Lumière brothers in 1903. The technique was based on a composite of black and white emulsions passed through a series of color filters (red, blue and green) designed based on potato starch (this technique was abandoned in 1935 in favor of the process Kodachrome, then Agfachrome the following year).

See more of these amazing century-old images of the city of love here.

20 February 2013

Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

19 February 2013

Meanwhile, in Canada…

Eastern Ontario, Canada

Ex-pat Trinidadian landscape photographer Timothy Corbin recently captured some stunning photos of ice-laden trees on the shore of Lake Ontario (between Whitby and Oshawa)… see more on his Flickr stream here.


18 February 2013

If you hear a voice within you say, 'You cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)

17 February 2013

Pulp illustration…

(mid-Century flashback)

I stumbled across a website/archive yesterday which shares more than 14GB of scans and cover illustrations from the genre known loosely as “pulp.” While some of the wide range of topics covered (1153 different tags!) will appeal to some and less so to others, this is an outstanding repository of paperback and magazine illustration well worth perusing for those interested in cultural ephemera and vintage (mostly American, and much of it cheesy) publishing : Pulp Covers

(Lent seems, somehow, appropriate for this post).

16 February 2013

PechaKucha Winnipeg…

Winnipeg, Canada

Three years ago, the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, Manitoba Chapter held its first PechaKucha Night at the Park Theatre on Osborne Street. Thursday, 7 March 2013 will mark the 13th such event organized under the auspices of GDC — as these gigs have consistently been “standing room only” events, be sure to get there early…

For anyone not yet familiar with the concept, PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images. Begun by several young architects 10 years ago in Tokyo, PechaKucha Nights now take place in over 500 cities around the world. Why the name PechaKucha (pronounce it Paw-Chalk‘-Ahh-Cha)? It derives from a Japanese term meaning “chatter.”

As I was perusing the PechaKucha/Winnipeg website, I saw that a talk I gave at PechaKucha Vol. 7 is featured online. Watch ‘Causes and Effects’ here. Another talk worth watching from the same night is by artist friend Diana Thorneycroft, ‘Various Bodies,’ here.

The great poster shown above is by GDC colleague Jeope Wolfe.

15 February 2013

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.

—Marcus Aurelius (121 AD – 180 AD)

14 February 2013

Puritan Valentine's Day Cards…


Perhaps these will be funnier for folks who survived puritan or fundamentalist religious upbringings… (-:

I get a good chuckle, having been raised in a relatively devout Mennonite family (Mennonites are much like our Swiss cousins the Amish, but we get to drive in cars and use zippers instead of hook-and-eye closures and buttons — the risk being, of course, that both cars and zippers are “too fast” and do not provide the opportunity for reflection and sobered second thought).

13 February 2013

Tolerance of intolerance is cowardice.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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