The look develops

Struggles with the look and feel of my blog.

For me, a photographer, there’s nothing harder than designing the look and feel of this blog; I don’t know, if it is the perfectionist in me or my inability to make this type of decision.  Whatever it is, it’s a funny thing!

With any kind of camera in my hand, I can make snap decisions (yes, there is a pun there!) and even use a bit of precognition to help determine the look and feel of an image, such as the one here…

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So, for the time being, as this is an assignment in the excellent Blogging101 class that I’m taking through WordPress, I’m using this as a basis for my blog’s look and feel.  There will be further tinkering, as I figure out menus and widgets to add and make it more usable.

Stay tuned!

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!

4 thoughts on “The look develops”

  1. Dear Jansen, the former view of your place was okey, this one looks rare, the former name was also fine, to try changes is always interesant, for being creative. I understand we are following the class and so we practice by doing. I like when you posts color photos. I have not done blogginb 101 assingments, i have just few time to navigate, because i work in a public library when i am outside my home. So i read the assingments , make recherche to understand what they mean, then i go an think about . Tell me more about the photos, that is nice to read.

    1. Thank you for your kind feedback. I agree with you that the new look is not perfect and am not sure that I will keep it; my plan is to spend a bit more time this weekend and settle on the final look and feel (at least for this year 🙂 ). The name is growing on me and I have received a lot of positive feedback on it, so that will probably stick.

      You will definitely see lots more photography, as I photograph on a daily basis and have lots to share and talk about. Additionally, there will likely be some series on topics that may be of interest, such as photo composition, hDR techniques, processing tips and tricks, et.al.

      Thank you very much for following my blog, as it is a great pleasure to share with people!

  2. I am not a photographer but I know what I like. You have an amazing ‘eye’. The few photos I have seen evoke a feeling and are interesting. I like that. I also want to thank you for following me. I hope you enjoy your visits.

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