After a week of fighting some kind of virus that has been giving me a combination of cold and flu symptoms, I’m hoping to shake it on this Sunday. The plan is to get a bit of work done around the house and go for a short hike to get enough fresh air.
Of course, there are lots of great spots to go for a hike around here and I do have a location in mind, such as in this image (it won’t look like this anymore, as this is from earlier in the Autumn season).
It should be restorative to walk through the landscape, as it is a beautiful day. I might even capture an image or two!
Then there will be time for guitar practice, for which I have a specific goal: with this week’s passing of the great Leonard Cohen, I want to spend time on improving my playing of his magnificent song, Hallelujah. There are many great covers of this song by artist ranging from Jeff Buckley and Rufus Wainwright to Jon Bon Jovi, but for my ears, I always like going back to the master…
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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8 thoughts on “Sunday’s Here – Hallelujah”
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Music …. healing power!!
thank you for sharing this version
Amazing photo! And glad you are on the up-swing 🙂
Oh, have you listen to the Pentatonix version of “Hallelujah”? I literally cried the first time I listened. It’s my fave version of one of my fave songs 🙂
I have heard it, as my wife is a big fan. I just love the tenderness in this rendition by Leonard Cohen.
He was such a great artist and that’s one of my favorite songs to sing and play on my guitar.
Hope you had a nice walk Frank.