Water, water, everywhere!
In last week’s edition, I talked a little about experimentation and the fun that I have with it, as a means of finding new inspiration and ideas. Part of my process is to also look at ways of interpreting different materials.
One of the materials that has been part of my entire life is water. Growing up in the Netherlands, one is surrounded by water all the time, which is why swimming is standard curriculum in elementary school. From swimming to sailing and ice skating, a lot of life focuses on the very same water that the Dutch have learned to move out of the way and tame over the centuries.
This set of images show some of my exploration of at least two states of water: solid in Frosts of Atlantis and Primordial Lemonade and liquid in Phase Transition, Search for Tranquility and Calm Motion. Each brings out a different aspect of this wonderful substance that makes our planet so very liveable!
Frosts of Atlantis
Search for Tranquility
In each of these images, there is a slightly different approach. Frosts of Atlantis centers on the structure of the ice, which appears to reveal a city of high civlization. Primordial Lemonade is all about the flow of Pleistocene Kool-Aid! Phase Transition takes us on a ride jumping through inter-dimensional space-time. Search for Tranquility challenges us; can we find tranquility within this image? Calm Motion is truly serendipitous; as I was eyeing the flow of water in a small stream, I noticed that there was an inherent structure to it and that it was hiding a deeper message…
Each time that I go out and shoot, I keep an eye open for the unusual and novel. Sometimes it is right out there, while at other times it lies well beneath the surface. Whichever is the case, the search is the best part! Hope you go out there and find your special treasures!
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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2 thoughts on “Warped Wednesday – pt. 6”
Oh Frank I love this – the experimentation is great. Funny, I’m looking at videoing how different people do forgiveness, like ‘The Many Faces of Forgiveness’. Thanks for a great post. Inspired me 💜
Thank you, Debbie! Sounds like a great project for you to do. Love to see the results!