Compared to New England, the weather has been outstanding here in Israel. Lots of people are still wearing their heavy coats (it’s only 65F and windy), but without having had time to adjust to these milder temperatures, it’s T-shirt weather for me.
One of my strategies to counteract my jet-lagged brain/body’s tendency to not allow me to fall asleep at a reasonable hour is to get lots of fresh air. With a hotel that is right on the beach that means going for long walks along the beach. While the strategy hasn’t worked thus far, I’m at least getting my miles in 🙂
And the views aren’t too bad either! In addition, there’s evidence of friendly companions…
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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11 thoughts on “Long walks on the Beach in Herzliyah”
Love the sound of those long walks on the beach.
It’s the best part of trying to wear myself out so I can sleep 🙂
Wow! What an adventure 😊
It’s my 2nd time here and there is lots to see and do. Food is wonderful too.
I love the views and the paw print :o) I hope you will be able to get some sleep soon!
Fresh air and lots of daylight seems to work for me too.
I will know tonight, if I broke the cycle :-). Either way, I’m not too worried, as the body will adjust eventually 🙂
It also helps to have lots of reading material ready for when you lie awake at night.
I’m not good in getting over jetlag, takes almost a week, throws off my sleep cycle. Your walk on the beach looks refreshing, and got some wonderful photos!
Beautiful, Frank! I hope that you’re enjoying your time in Israal and that the jetlag is now gone (love your strategy, by the way). Lovely photos, the beach is stunning.
By the way, I posted my second Forgiving Fridays! Glad to be getting it going. I am inspired by your photo challenge, which I think you know. Many blessings, Frank, and safe travels. ~Debbie