What lurks beyond

One can only wonder…

Deeply buried within the complex landscape of her emotions, feelings are unearthed that can do nought but harm.  Inexplicably, these are what cause her to focus on the portal that has formed ahead; where it leads is not clear, but could it bring closure to the grief, so long ignored?

The butterflies must be a signal that all will be well, as they are the messengers of souls long lost, seeking to reach out.  Another step and she feels lighter than air, no longer touching the floor.  Dimensions are shifting around her.

What will be found on the other side?

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Sense of Loss

Technical Details

This image is a composite of many layers that were shot during a workshop with the wonderful Brooke Shaden.  Inspiration was flowing everywhere during the workshop and, if you ever get the chance to take one, go for it!

A response to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme of Danger.

Author: jansenphoto

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. Universal Connections 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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