As I feel a bit inspired by the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge’s theme of Wanderlust, I figure that I’ll share some of my travel and wandering about images over the next couple of days.
In this 3rd episode, I’d like to take a little twist on the Wanderlust theme and bring in the concept of Wanderlost, as there are times when I allow myself to get lost in order to really enjoy the paths that I have not traversed before. It’s quite enjoyable for me to not always know what to expect around the next bend, as I explore and can be genuinely surprised by what I find.
Sometimes this means that I literally cannot see what lies ahead, as in this case…
When fellow photographer, George Fellner, and I decided to hike mount Monadnock in Southern New Hampshire, we expected to get a view from its 3,165 foot top. As we started getting up a little higher, our path started looking foggier and foggier, as you can see in this image. By the time we got to the top, visibility was about 10-15 feet, as we were surrounded by low-hanging clouds. It was a wonderful hike, with an outcome that neither of us expected.
The amazing part of this experience was how wonderful it felt to be embraced by the clouds and experience the stillness atop Monadnock, as if we were in a sensory deprivation tank. Very meditative!
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 “Wanderlust – Wanderlost”
Wonderful photo, Frank! I’ve driven in thick fog like this!
Thank you, Miriam. It’s not too pleasant to drive in soup like that 🙂
It’s little scary with a few cars visibility!
Lost, like literally 😄
Nice pic and post!