It’s Sunday in New England and it’s about to snow again… current forecast is another 12 inches of the pretty white stuff from today into Monday. All the groceries are bought for the next couple of days, so I’m planning to go for a bit of a trek into the wonderful outdoors and maybe get a couple of photo opportunities in. Should be fun, as I might even break out my snow shoes and give them a test.
I’m sure I won’t see anything like these, but they did cross my mind this morning…
This image came from a bit of experimentation a couple of years back, as I visualized going through a field of flowery stars nearing warp speed… It’s one of those images that is a bit unsettling visually, as my eye never completely comes to rest anywhere specifically in it. I’m curious what it does to your eyes.
I’ll also try to get some yoga in, depending on availability and, of course, there will be some time for guitar practice. I just got a book of Simon & Garfunkel songs and am really drawn to Sound of Silence. Here’s a taste…
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 “The Sound of Silence”
That photo always leads to the middle but it’s a bit restless, like in motion. Very unique!
Thank you! It violates the rule of thirds intentionally 🙂