It’s a beautiful morning this Sunday, as we’re enjoying a long weekend in the United States with Labor Day giving us Monday off. This morning is starting with watching the Italian Grand Prix at Monza for breakfast, and then doing a bit of yard work before tomorrow’s expected rainfall; as Hermine makes her way up the Atlantic coast and depsites a bit of leftovers in New England.
After all that, I will focus on spending some quality time on guitar practice and working on a new song to learn. Today, I have selected Don McLean’s wonderful song, Vincent, which should give me plenty of challenges.
This song should be a lot of fun to learn with the help of Justin Sandercoe, whose Justinguitar videos are a boon to learning guitar. I will be using his video on learning Vincent for this effort:
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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12 thoughts on “Sunday Morning – Vincent”
Have a great long weekend 🙂
Cool, Frank! What wonderful plans for your Sunday. ☺ enjoy!
My supervisor’s name is Vincent and he’s a sweetheart. So two thumbs up!
Thank you, Debbie! I just hope he doesn’t suffer as much as the Vincent in this song.
Ha ha! No, I think he’s pretty happy. 🙂
I LOVE this song. 🙂
Same here…it’s a bit of work to put this one together 🙂
Lovely song. I just returned from Arles, France, where Vincent van Gogh lived for a couple of years, including the time when he cut off his ear. There was an exhibit of 32 of his paintings at the Van Gogh Foundation.
Thank you; I’d love to visit Arles one of these years, as the region is just beautiful. The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam provides a stunning array of his work, which left a lasting impression on me. It’s just amazing how he was overlooked during his lifetime.
I need to get to Amsterdam and visit the museum.
It’s a great museum and well worth the trip. On top of that, there are a couple of other decent museums too…