WPC – Life Imitates Art

Is it life or is it art?

The Bathroom

Life is full of art, it creates it, becomes it, displays it, and, yes, it even imitates it.

Are we awaiting the young Sorcerer’s Apprentice to appear on the scene to create mayhem with the best of intentions?  Will the broom get a life of its own?  Can a dustpan moonwalk?

A little background

This image goes back about 5 or so years, when I was still very active in photography agility trials.  Well before the action started on this fairground, I stopped by the bathroom, looked and saw this scene in front of me…  The way the light came in through the door and backlit the broom and dustpan; the lines working together turned this ordinary scene into an interesting sight…

I left the bathroom to grab my tripod and camera, so that I could get the shot I wanted before anyone would disturb it, or the light would change.  As I was setting up, a trial worker stopped by to hang up a sign; I got a bit of an odd look, but, as I was that weird photographer, no questions were asked.

Technical Details

Shot with a Canon 1D MkIII and a 24-70mm L lens.  This was a series of of 5 shots, each 1 EV (exposure value) apart around the correct metered exposure.  Processing was done with Photomatix Pro.

In response to Daily Post Photo Challenge – Life Imitates Art

Hope you enjoy!!

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!

22 thoughts on “WPC – Life Imitates Art”

  1. Trial worker must have a good laugh at the expense of the lunatic in the loo:).
    Without the “L” lens, would it have been possible to capture the backlighting of the broom and the pan? Was exposure and lighting corrected / enhanced during post processing?

    1. Yes, I have gotten som strainge looks during a number of my favorite shots 🙂

      Yes, the backlighting off the broom and pan would work just fine with any lens. The big difference with the Canon L series lenses is near the edges of the F-stop range, where they are superior to regular lenses, and their construction allows them to last and perform for countless years. No need for exposure and lighting correction on this one, as I had the full range of exposure values covered with the 5 shots.

      1. OH! What a perfect place for your image! I love to know that you have it hanging in your home – out of curiosity, is it framed or printed on canvas? Bathrooms can be notoriously bad for prints, but I love the idea of a series of images in my half-bath of bathrooms! Thanks so much for sharing!

      2. I thought so too 🙂

        I printed it on a metallic paper to lift the color palette just a bit more (paper choice matters to me) and matted and framed it. For me any photo worth printing should be matted and framed, as it greatly improves its presentation.

        Glad you enjoy this!

      3. Metallic paper? I love this! Thank you so much for your thoughts on the printing (and agree on presentation!!)! Your images are beautiful – Thank you!

  2. For me, it is both Life and Art. I am no photographer but I am fond of taking pictures and I believe that there’s something that’s in that shot that’s more than what meets the eye.

    1. Thank you for a very insightful comment. I think you’re onto something, which is what drew me to take the photo; the way the lines worked together and the juxtaposition of warm and cool tones make this something that I don’t mind seeing over and over again.

  3. For an ordinary person, it doesn’t mean anything.But for people who appreciates art, the broom and the pan represents something about life. And the ray of light conveys something deep. If I am going to interpret the photo in my own perspective, the broom is someone who help us clean our mess and the pan to throw our life’s worries, the rays? A reminder that there’s always goodness amidst all adversaries.

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