Sorry for being a day late… Or course, last week’s Friday Mystery Place was one of the easier ones and there was a correct answer pretty quickly from James McEwan of Fiction Illuminates Truth, who knew that it was Nubble Lighthouse on Cape Neddick and shared some background information on this oft-photographed location.
This week should prove a smidge more difficult…
I think that guessing the country is pretty straightforward; the city may be more difficult…
I’m curious to find who can identify this gate without resorting to a Google image search 🙂
This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II and an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens. The exposure settings were at 1/125 seconds at f/10 and 400 ISO.
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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10 thoughts on “Friday Mystery Place – vol 26”
Leiden, by chance? 🙂
You’ve got the city! Where in Leiden is this gate?
Ah, sorry! It is at intersection between Sebastiaandoelen and Groenhazengracht. It is easy to reach through Rembrandt straat and close to the market area. 🙂
Correct! It’s the Doelenpoort (aka St. Jorispoort) looking across the Groenhazengracht toward the Doelengracht. Well done!!
I’ve been in Leiden twice and loved it each time 🙂
It’s a great city!
OK I don’t know what it is and I really want to know! This is gorgeous.
It looks like Italy to me. 🙂
Canals, but not Italy…