As it has been a pretty busy week, today’s slide will not be a slide, but rather an iPhone image from last year. I will get time this weekend to plan out next week’s mystery with more detail.
I am confident that many among you can identify the country, where I captured this image, but how many among you can identify the city (not easy, but I think the boat does provide a hint about the area of the country…)
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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6 thoughts on “Friday Mystery Slide – vol 7”
Well, indeed, the country is obvious 😉 So, my guess would be somewhere on the West coast of the Netherlands. The first name that came to me when I saw the picture was Delft, but there are so many other places in the area where you could have taken that photo!
You are 100% correct about the country, but try and think about what part of the Netherlands would be a likely home to this type of ship; I don’t think it is likely that you’d find this type of ship in Delft.
Well, I’ve asked around me and they all said the same, so even Dutch people are unable to tell where it is exactly. And being a French girl coming from a place very far away from the sea, I don’t know much about boats… I’ll ask a boat expert for advice 🙂
I’ll hold off on giving you the answer until you have had a chance to consult with the experts 🙂
Well, that will be Monday, unless someone else founds the answer before me!
I think people are stumped on this one….