l’Oiseau de Feu

Abstract representationalism

Continuing in the theme set by the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge of ‘Abstract’, I’d like to share a photo with you that was part of my initial exploration into abstract photography.

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l’Oiseau de Feu

This image came to me during a photography camp that I attended with a number of local photographers a number of years back.  The idea behind the camp was to get away from the daily grind and work on some of our technical skills with lots of different classes and set up photoshoots.  That part was enjoyable and I got some rather cool shots from the weekend, but sitting around the campfire with a receptive brain became the key benefit for me.  Nothing like low light to inspire some different shots…

Technical Details

This was shot completely in-camera using a Canon EOS 1D MkIII and an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Using aperture priority, I got the shutter speed slowed to just over 3 seconds for this shot while doing a slow zoom with the lens.

Another Angle

Of course, it’s nigh impossible to speak of the Firebird and (sorry Pontiac aficionados) not think of Igor Stravinsky’s masterful composition…

Inspired  by Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Abstract.

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!

3 thoughts on “l’Oiseau de Feu”

  1. Your image is beautiful and does indeed suggest the Firebird. Thank you also for the link to the performance; I have listened to the Firebird Suite many times but never, until now, watched a performance.

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