Brno is full of surprises!
Seeing this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge of Surprise, brought me back to last year’s visit to the wonderful city of Brno; a place that I hope to visit again soon! Brno is an interesting city to explore, as it provides a wonderful mixture of architecture going as far back to medieval times to modern with a great number of thought-provoking art installations included for good measure.
As a result, Brno is a city that will often surprise you with lots of things to see. Here’s a sampler from my day in Brno…
What is the meaning of this?
Sitting on the Window Sill
Bishop of Brno
Enjoy your weekend, and remember to keep your eyes peeled for anything that might surprise you!
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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5 thoughts on “Surprise, Surprise!”
Great photos! The mannequin in the window surprised me!😀
Thank you. Many people missed that one, as it’s up on the second floor 🙂
I also enjoyed Brno and wish I had scheduled another day or two there when I visited last year. I recognized the house with the painted figures right away. I missed some of the others.
I would be surprised by all the scenes also. The heavy lifting one – he must takes steroid!!