Instant Grammar 2013 – page 31

September 12th was one of those mornings that promises a rather uneventful day: quiet, overcast and the promise of a bit more sunlight.  During my commute, I was pondering what I might want to capture for the day’s edition of the project and nothing really caught my eye.

What is the apple of your mythology?
What is the apple of your mythology?

As I neared the border between Massachusetts and New Hampshire, I decided to stop and check out what a little pond looked like with the muted light.  After parking the car and walking over to the pond, only to discover that the beaver dam had been destroyed to leave no water behind, it became time to look around.

As happens so often, turning around 180 degrees and looking in that direction indicated that there might be some opportunities.  I crossed the road and found this wild apple hanging on for dear life with the morning dew heavy all over it.

Of course, there is much significance to the apple in many mythologies, so you can opt for the one that tickles your fancy.  Personally, I found it interesting that this apple is still hanging on a meager branch that looks barely able to support it, much less nourish it to grow; it appears to me that the apple has outstayed its welcome and is on its way out to rot before it even hits the ground.

Clearly, there can be some very deep meaning to that statement, but then again, I’m just a simple photographer…

I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on page 31 and feel free to take a look at the entire book at the following link for the softcover versionInstant Grammar 2013 by Frank Jansen or for the hardcover version Instant Grammar 2013 (Hardcopy) by Frank Jansen

Author: jansenphoto

A Fresh Perspective Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment. Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael. My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals. Universal Connections My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation. This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections. Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client. And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!

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