Exhibit Selections – ep. 1

Wisdom across the ages

It took me a bit longer to gather the final list of images for the exhibit that I will be doing at work, but I’m there!  First of all, thank you very much to each of you for your input on the images, as it has been invaluable in helping me decide.

The amount of wall space that I get to use allows for around 10-12 images, plus an extra spot where I will put a larger print.  The bulk of the images will be the Yoga Tree and the one print that is not was requested especially by the folks at work.

Here’s the first of the Yoga Tree images that are included…

The Wise Tree

The Wise Tree stands with grace and wisdom garnered across decades

This image is from November, 2013, before we had any hard frost, as you can tell from the fact that there are still quite a number of leaves that didn’t fall off despite having died; usually a hard overnight frost will cause leaves to loosen to the point where even a slight breeze will send them dwindling to the ground.

On this particular morning, I was really attracted by the cloud pattern that I noticed in the sky, which fueled my decision to go and photograph the Yoga Tree.  When I saw her standing against this sky, in front of the rising Sun, I was reminded how she must have seen and experienced much across the decades, filling her with wisdom to be cherished by all of us.

Hope you enjoy your day!

Technical Details

This image was captured with an iPhone 4S using the standard Camera app.  For printing, I did a bit os sharpening and some tonal adjustment in Photoshop.  The paper that I use for this print has a slight bit of gold flake in it, which further warms the tones of the lower section of the photo.


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!

10 thoughts on “Exhibit Selections – ep. 1”

  1. Great choice, I love the depth that those clouds give the image. It really feels like you could walk right in and keep going.

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