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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9 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round-Up 7”
So glad that Nikki told me about your challenges, because it opens up more of the world to me. All great posts! Cheers.
Thank you, Kim; it’s great to have you participating. I figure that we can all learn from each other and share around the world. It’s what makes blogging fun!
A wonderful bouquet of floral blogs this week Frank. 🙂
They are indeed!!
Wonderful group of photos! I’m like a little kid on Tuesday mornings. I quick log in to your blog…see the challenge and then text Steve to let him know what it is! 😉 Your challenge is kinda a big deal around here. 😉
I agree with you on this week’s photos. They are fantastic!
I’m tickled that you and Steve are having fun with this weekly challenge!! And I really appreciate your support for it!!
Wow this is great, Frank. Thanks for doing the Tuesday challenge, and I’m looking forward to checking out these many perspectives on flowers! Thanks for what you said about my post. 😊 blessings
It’s a lot of fun, as step by step more people are participating, and I get to see lots of other work that I wouldn’t otherwise.