After a wonderful of meeting many of the team here in Israel, with whom I will interact as we achieve great things together, it is time to return back to Massachusetts. I’m sure that my first visit to Israel won’t be my last, as, at the very least, I want to have some more time for photography during my next visit (meetings from 9 to 8 are not helpful in this regard 🙂 ).
As I leave, I want to leave you with a view from Herzliya beach, where I had dinner last night.
This beach is absolutely beautiful with a quiet view of the Mediterranean. There are numerous restaurants, of which I found my favorite, Yam 7, right down the stairs to the beach from my hotel, the Dan Accadia.
Nothing is cheap in Israel, so bring money, but the food and service are well worth it!
Until next time!
This image was captured with an iPhone 6S using the standard Camera app in HDR mode.
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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15 thoughts on “Departure – Israel”
Lovely. Thanks for sharing your travels with us Frank. Safe journeys home.
Lovely shades of sunset……..
Not quite *Yoga Tree*, but beautiful! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Palms on the beach are a good thing 🙂
Wouldn’t mind to have dinner there or take a stroll on the beach. You certainly wetted our appetite.
I’m still trying to convince my wife that she should come over too on the next trip…she’s not so sure yet 🙂
Although I loved the places I visited in Israel solar years ago, I somehow understand her feelings and wouldn’t be sure either at the moment. But if for you it is a great project, go ahead by all means!
I’m a bit more of a seasoned traveller than she is; growing up in Europe we have a different perspective on things. One cannot control everything in life and also one can make the decision not to be controlled by certain factors.
In this case, it was a straightforward, low-risk decision and was extremely worth it. It was great to meet the team in Israel and we have built a lot of connections, which will help our work tremendously. 🙂
Yes, you’re right. Sometimes we want to exclude every possible risk on a trip abroad and then something happens near your home. I’m glad the trip was worth your while and I am looking forward to more of your (Israel) photos.
God this is truly magnificent, Frank. Thank you for sharing your experience of Israel with us. Have a beautiful return trip to Massachusetts. ❤ Blessings.
Oh how I miss sunsets at the beach..and the palm trees too!
Thank you! For poor weather, it’s pretty nice here 🙂