Starting Anew – 2017 Kicks Off!

At the beginning of 2016, I made the decision to revive my anemic blog and make a serious effort to not only start anew, but also stay the course during the entire year.  During the year, I read other blogs, commented on them, made new friends and posted plenty of entries, so that now I have a pretty well established blog with a loyal following of fantastic people from all over the world.

As a result, I feel pretty good about what I managed to pull together during the past year.  So what to do next?  I plan to retain my focus, continue to sharpen the quality of my blog and generate some (hopefully) interesting content throughout all of 2017.

Old Rust, New Growth

This is where we’re at right now… we have some rust, but there’s new growth that will lead us into the future!

Like many, I have some plans for this year:

  • Restart my workout schedule with a goal of getting to an aerobic level that I feel good about (and lose 30 pounds).
  • Continue my guitar learning journey with focused practice that gets me ready for a more significant public performance.
  • Learn basic Italian conversation, so that I’ll be able to chat with people during our vacation in Italy.
  • Focus on enjoyment in my photography by having a completely new eye on the world around me.

With all this, there will be dedication to my work at Red Hat to continue to expand the positive impact that I have on the organization and the community that we support.  There will also be some fun things to do with the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, which is my favorite charity to support, as there’s so much positive energy in this group.

Expect to see some updates from time to time, some old features, such as the Tuesday Photography Challenge, as well as some new content.  We’ll have lots of fun together throughout this year!

What are your plans for the year?

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!

10 thoughts on “Starting Anew – 2017 Kicks Off!”

  1. I think you’ve got a great plan for the year, 2017. I hope everything you desire works out for you. And thank you for being a pleasant experience in my 2016. I am hopeful that we will connect better this year and make it more fun. Let’s go!!! 🙂

      1. Thanks Frank. Yes, I am looking forward to a better year and to be able to do some of the things I couldn’t venture into last year. Like I wanted to be a part of your photo challenge… Will give it a try this year. 🙂 Cheers to a great year!!!

  2. Sounds great to me, Frank! Right now, I’m planning on getting some rest (I’ve been a little sick 🙂 ) and to enjoy the love of this moment. Sending many blessings to all of your goals for 2017. Love them. Debbie

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