When you start counting your dogs as family, there are many things that you enjoy with them; compared to humans, dogs are pretty straightforward with their emotions and will usually be happy to see you and greet you with a wagging tail. If that tail is not wagging, you know that something is wrong…
We have a canine family that is comprised of four Cardigan Welsh Corgis ranging in age from 3 to 15. They are a lot of fun, and they have it pretty good with us, as they will even get massages and chiropractic treatments. My wife trains our dogs to compete in agility, herding, obedience, barnhunt and rally. As long as they enjoy it, they get to compete.
Our birthday girl is retired from competition and living the good life. Her name is Bette (Visions ‘The Marked Woman’), as she has Bette Davis eyes 🙂 The blue eye is a mismark in this coloration of the Cardigan, which is one of the reasons that we got her; we’re not big fans of breed shows, as for us it’s all about the dog having fun.
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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4 thoughts on “Bette’s 12th Birthday”
Happy Birthday girl!!!
Happy birthday Betty!🎈🎈🎈🎁🍗
Happy Birthday, sweety!
So cute! Happy Birthday!!