The foray into abstract photography has very much been a voyage of exploration and discovery. Along the way, I have learned to control the various techniques and improved my visualization skills, so that I can figure out how to get the image that I want just using the camera.
The process is a combination of taking in the landscape or environment, in which I find myself, allowing myself to become absorbed by my surroundings, and then opening my mind’s eye, so that I can see the morphed image.
These images are a series that I shot while visiting my mother in the Netherlands. It’s a view of a wall covered with variegated vine; when I saw it, I noticed that there were some hidden patterns that were trying to emerge into the visible dimension. I titled this series Cryptomorphosis 1-4, using the Greek roots for hidden and form.
I’m curious to hear what you see in these images.
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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8 thoughts on “Warped Wednesday – pt. 3”
Butterfly top left. Angel with halo and long flowing gown at the bottom … Beautiful shots …….. 🙂
Thank you! I still find new entities in some of this series from time to time. There is so much under the surface!
Thank you very kindly!
Great photos! (as always!)
To me, these images evoke a feeling of speeding through a jungle; the lines giving the impression of speed and the white light being my destination… Very cool!
Thank you kindly, Shaun!
I really like your sense of motion that you get in these images; that definitely is a big part of it for me, as we’re moving through the universe at incredible speeds without realizing it…
I love the bottom shot, where the leaves show through a sheer curtain of motion, as if being sucked into a vortex.
Thank you, Marie! Indeed, it feels like there’s a hint of connection between multiple dimensions in that image.