While I’m still in Israel for a couple of days and missing a beauty of a snow storm that is battering New England, I thought there might be time for a quick Warped Wednesday before we get to Thursday haiku (yes, I’ve been writing them for over a year now and some are pretty decent). As I was poking around through some of my more abstract work, my eye caught one shot from December 2016 that could use a bit of a treatment.
This image was taken during a walk through Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, which I always enjoy. The swollen Nashua river provided a rich source for adjusted reflections…
The contrast between the branch rising above the river amidst the reflections of trees on the opposite shore caught my eye enough to capture this image. What I did with it in post processing is to add a bit of surreal, dreamy quality to it in PhotoShop Express on the iPad; this lends it a bit more ability to draw in the eye and allow it to keep this loosely focused ephemeral grasp on the mind.
Hope you like this treatment and have a dreamy day!
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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