Finding Your Place in the Universe

Universal connections

In today’s WordPress Daily Post Prompt the theme of Finding Your Place, I may have found a place.  Specifically, when I think about where I have found my place, it comes down to recognizing that my place is the Universe.

Wait a minute, you say, that is the same place that all of us are in!  True, but when you think of your place, where you have found yourself, what do you list.  Many among us will list a town or region, or a country, usually with some amount of patriotic fervor.  Some will recognize that their interest has extended beyond this and that our stewardship of the planet Earth is critical to humanity’s long-term viability.

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Universal Existence

In my journey around the Sun, I have had the luxury to see various parts of the world and their cultures, and make the decision to settle in the United States.  As I have learned more and explored both this planet and what lies beyond, I have come to realize that the Universe is the one inescapable common location, in which we find ourselves.

The Universe is full of energies, which flow throughout; as one explores these energies and attunes themselves with them, there may be an opening of channels.  These channels enable us to be one with Nature, and connect with one another in a truly positive fashion; these connections are filled with positive energy, which lift us along the daily path, wherever that path may lead us.  Meditation creates the space in our mind to let these energies reach us; this is the path that I followed to make this connection with the Universe and where I found my true place.

I look forward to hearing where you find your place.

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!

8 thoughts on “Finding Your Place in the Universe”

  1. Great photo, perfectly captured, and a nice piece! I don’t think its an obvious choice, even if on paper it sounds like it is. Many people seem to go about their lives without recognising that they’re part of the universe; wrapped up in their own worlds as they are.

    1. Thank you, Shaun. I agree that it’s not an obvious choice for many, as they are often very happy to live within a localized sphere. The one drawback of staying too localized is that there’s often a lack of understanding for other’s point of view; that appears to be going on in many geographies 😦

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