As the best shot of this week was Doane’s Falls featured frozen in the Winter in New England post, I thought that it might be interesting to take something from the archives.
Today’s image is ‘Searching for Answers’, which was created in 2014 during a workshop held by Brooke Shaden in Yonkers, NY. As I mentioned in an earlier post, taking a workshop with Brooke is truly inspirational and truly energizing! Please check out Brooke’s blog Promoting Passion, where she shares a lot of detail about her process and approach to creating her stunning images.
About The Image
We were shooting in a wonderful, old mansion that is undergoing a slow, thoughtful renovation. When I walked into the library and saw the curtains and beautiful woodwork, I immediately had the idea of an ethereal being coming from the past to look for understanding of what happened during her life, which is the source for the title.
As luck would have it, we did have access to a wonderful red dress that looked great on Steph, the model in this shot. Next steps were to make her float in the right location in front of the bookshelves and to ensure that the rest of the room played along just right.
The planning made the post-processing a breeze; only about 4 hours’ work to get that done.
Hope you like this image, and, if there’s interest, I would be happy to do a post that talks in more detail about the entire process.
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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13 thoughts on “Shot of the Week – vol 7”
I am interested in knowing how did you make her float.
I’ll reveal all on this Tuesday’s post…
Thank you. Will wait.
Wow, very atmospheric
Thank you! That was definitely part of my intent.
Thank you, David!
You are welcome 🙂
Looks so…Red! Fantastic..you made wonders on this photo.
Thank you. Of course, every time I look at it I see flaws, as I’ve learned a lot more about the process over the past couple of years. I will probably do a re-edit to clean up all the issues 🙂
Thank you !