Now that Winter is in full swing in New England, just before the equinox, our thoughts start going out to future seasons. During this week, we have been railroaded by the cold of the Trans-Siberian Express that caused temperatures to drop to 1F (-17C), which, when combined with a good amount of wind, made it rather chilly. Today, it’s snowing and we expect about 8 inches of the beautiful stuff.
You can expect some Winter photography from me during this season, but I also am thinking about what Spring will bring (it includes a trip to Italy, which is part of the reason for looking ahead). Thoughts of Spring brought me to this photo that I have not published before.
I captured this flower a couple of years ago at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. It never has really provided me with what I really wanted, as I don’t feel that I got the depth of field exactly the way I wanted to. Therefore, I am curious to hear your thoughts about this image.
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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5 thoughts on “Season’s Anticipation”
Your flower is a great addition to this weeks photo challenge.
Thank you very much!
Beautiful. It looks like pink silk blowing in the wind.
Thank you, Marie. Interesting view of this one; I like it!