2016 – Retrospective

Looking back

It’s been a wonderful (and weird) year, 2016!  It’s been a year of blog revival with lots of readers, to whom I’m very grateful for your time, attention and feedback.  This has been the year that I started working for Red Hat, which is a fantastic company with an incredible culture of innovation and inclusion.

Scary characters!

Yes, the fedora is company issue!  The dude behind me it my contribution.  With business trips to Israel and the Czech Republic, I added 2 more countries to my list (still plenty to go!).

And there was a bit of photography:

There was more… (to be covered in another post)

How was your 2016?

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!

17 thoughts on “2016 – Retrospective”

  1. Lovely tretrospective!
    Wishing all of you the happiest of New Years and all the best for 2017.
    Sad to say, 2016 will be the year we remember for all the wrong reasons. x

    1. Thank you kindly. May 2017 be a wonderful year filled with health and happiness for you and your family.

      Yes, 2016 will be remembered more for those wrong things than the good.

  2. Cool, Frank! Lovely picture of you. 🙂 Congrats on a beautiful 2016 and ever more blessings in 2017.

    It’s been a wonderful year for me. I started this blog, moved across the country, and met someone who I really like. Please keep it all in your prayers. Thank you!
    Happy New Year,

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