Friday Mystery Place – vol 27

A large statue…

I thought that last week’s Friday Mystery Place would be pretty tricky to figure out, so I was pleasantly surprised when Petraisgone figured it out with relative ease!  You should go check out her blog, in which she describes her travels (a lot of them in the Netherlands and surrounding countries) and includes lots of photography to really make you feel like you’re there.

Her correct answer is that this is the Doelenpoort (aka St. Joris Poort) in Leiden in the Netherlands.  It is the entrance to the Doelen, which were the practice field for the town militia.  This gate was erected in 1645.

Now for this week’s mystery location…

Where do we find this statue?

This rather imposing statue stands in a park, which is located in…

Technical Details

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/8 and 320 ISO.

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!

6 thoughts on “Friday Mystery Place – vol 27”

  1. Too funny, Frank. I’m a seasoned traveler, and clearly not in the places that you know. I am grateful to learn about some new areas! Looking forward to seeing what this is. 🙂 No guesses here. Have a wonderful weekend, Frank and blessings to you.

    1. Just more places to explore, Debbie! There are lots of destinations on my list that I haven’t been able to get to yet; all in good time!

      Have a great weekend,


    1. I knew that I could count on you to figure this one out 🙂 Yes, becoming Queen at age 10 with her mother as regent certainly stands out in the history books. Of course, the unusual name for the park, Het Park, literally ‘The Park’, is interesting as well. This park borders the Parkkade, which is a great location to walk the harbor area, and the Maastunnel complex with the Euromast standing proud at one corner.

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