Happy New Year to all of you! May 2017 be wonderful for you; I hope that you have your goals set for this year and that you will be successful in attaining them. In this New Year, we’re kicking it off with the 37th collection Tuesday Photo Challenge entries for this week’s theme of New Year.
The contributions for this week’s theme were nothing short of amazing, as all of you are clearly looking forward to 2017 and all the new that lies ahead. With all this great participation, you can be sure that there will be plenty more Tuesday Photo Challenges ahead for this year.
Here’s another bit of reflection on the New Year from me, as the year starts brightly akin to the day depicted in this image.
The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:
Charles was first to contributed with his post in CharlesEWaugh that looked at the old year we were closing out with a magnificent sunset; Charles also posted a second entry in CharlesEWaugh with a lovely sunrise to ring in the New Year!
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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Thank you very kindly!
Stunning photo. Here is my entry,
Thank you! I will update the post in a little while.
Thank you, Frank. Happy New Year! You new year resolution sounds great!
Wonderful set of contributions, Frank. What a great and powerful way to start off the New Year. Sending many blessings ahead to continued photo challenges with joy, fun, creative expression, and surprises. 🙂 Love your themes –
What lovely posts from everyone and loving your photo, Frank …… such an inviting image to inspire us to enter into 2017 with a positive mindset. I just want to walk towards that sunlight !!! Look forward to a year of inspirational challenges !!!! 🙂
Thank you, Judith! It’s so much fun, because of the great participation by people such as you. That sunrise was particularly wonderful (even though it was very early 🙂 )
We’ll work together to make this year even more inspirational than the past one!