Monday’s Somber Mood

Random thoughts about David Bowie

Morning Mood over Wachusett Reservoir
Morning Mood over Wachusett Reservoir

This is one of those days that no words can adequately describe what just happened; a man, who I never met, passed away this weekend, and left a gap…

David Bowie reached many people around the world not just through his music, but, more importantly, through his plethora of personas.  Whether you liked the music of Ziggy Stardust or preferred the sounds of the Thin White Duke, does not define his legacy.   The doors he opened for a generation to be in touch with their weirdness, that is a key piece of his legacy.  He took the blinders off our eyes and allowed us to see how cool being different from everyone else can be: yes, he let all of us know that it’s cool to be yourself, no matter who that is.

Today, I listened to ‘Blackstar’, described as his parting gift to all of us.  It struck me how this album is both dark and strangely uplifting.

The image at the top of this post reflects my mood rather well; fare thee well, David!

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!

10 thoughts on “Monday’s Somber Mood”

  1. I wasn’t real familiar with Bowie’s music, but I’d always LOVED his duet of Little Drummer Boy with Bing Crosby (especially knowing the story behind it.) I’d been pulling it up on YouTube and listening to it a lot since Thanksgiving. Finally on December 19th I included it in a post and listened to it every day. I was STILL listening after New Years. 🙂 It felt really strange to me today to find out he’d just passed away. How odd, I thought, when I’d heard him so much lately… Btw, thank you so much for the follow. Looking forward to getting to know you. Have a good evening.

    1. Thank you for this great comment. Yes, that duet with Bing Crosby is fantastic, and it really showed the range of expression that David had. His talent was immense, but more than that he provided hope and a means of expression for countless people who would have been marginalized without his voice. Truly, his contribution to music and humanity is one to be strived for by many of us.

      1. It all feels sort of the same as when John Lennon died. Just for a different generation. Lennon wanted peace, and it sure came across in his artistry.

    1. Thank you, Jeff! Unfortunately, I never saw him in concert, but his music and persona have influenced me and millions of others. He was someone whose contribution to humanity is immeasurable.

      1. Thank you so much! I have been enjoying your blog and learning from your photography too! Great work! Your comments and interest mean a lot to me. Thank you so much for the interest an support!

        Have a great new week. 🙂

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