Time is ever fleeting for most of us, as we rush from moment to moment, only to forget to take in those moments that will never be again. We complain when something slows us down, be it obstacle, that slow driver in front of us, the rotten weather. We never have enough time to do everything that we must get done; we track every moment that we lose waiting for this or that. Check your watch to see how long it took to read this paragraph. Isn’t it over yet? What’s the point of all this writing?
The bull moose doesn’t have a watch, he doesn’t mind the weather, he rushes not to the next moment; he has transcended the whip and the rope.
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.
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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16 thoughts on “Daily Photo Challenge – Time”
Like most a animals he looks like he couldn’t care less about time, unlike us. Nice post.
Nice one. Where’d you capture this one?
Thank you! Baxter State Forest in Maine, about 7 years ago.
That’s on my list of places to go. Specifically, I want to climb Katahdin and do the knife edge trail. Looks like a blast.
It’s a gorgeous location with lots to do, as it is massive!
Hope you’ve got more shots from there to post on your blog from time to time!
No worries….there’s more. 🙂
Nice picture 🙂
Thank you!! Even in the pouring rain, it can be fun to shoot.
No doubt, u r perfect in it 🙂
You’re too kind!! Thank you!
Thank you! It was raining pretty hard that day, but it didn’t bother me or the moose.