On this wonderful Saturday, my wife and I went for a walk with 2 of our dogs (the old boys prefer to sleep at home) and enjoyed the rather mild weather that we have today. Upon doing a quick blog check, I noticed today’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme of Graceful.
Given all the turmoil that is the current state of affairs and its lack of grace, I think that focusing on a theme such as this is important. The Universe is full of grace and Nature never ceases to inspire me with its grace and beauty. Of course, for me a lot of grace and beauty has been demonstrated by the Yoga Tree, whose wisdom is on display in this image…
The gentle curve that she presents, as she reaches up toward the firmament, reminding us to accept all that is beautiful in our lives and the Universe.
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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15 thoughts on “The Grace of Nature”
Beautiful picture, so elegant and graceful.
Good shot, Frank.
Thank you kindly!
What a beauty she is, and definitely graceful! Where does the tree live?
Thank you! She resides on Ball Hill in Northborough, Massachusetts.
Lovely image for the challenge.
Thank you very much!
Oh my! Awesome!
great shot! #graceful
Thank you kindly!