As I was noodling around for a couple of minutes with some of my images from our vacation to Scotland, which was 4 years ago, I struggled a bit with deciding on the treatment that I wanted to give a particular image. I’m still not certain yet, but U was amused when I looked at the WordPress Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge theme of Texture, as this image is all about texture.
I’m still not convinced that I have found the right solution, but will share my work in progress with you.
I’d welcome your thoughts on the direction that this image might go.
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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18 thoughts on “Skye – an island of many textures”
Great photo – excellent texture and perspective. I think you nailed it. Enjoy the weekend, explore.
Thank you very much! Have a great weekend!
This is wonderful !! Love the texures and the colors. / Anita
Thank you most kindly!
Love the image. You can see at least 5 different textures in there 🙂 Great click.
Thank you very much!
Wow! Very eye-catching and dramatic! It evokes so many memories for me personally as well, what a great picture
Thank you very much! Skye is amazing to photograph.
Beautiful photo that captured the contrast of a “light grey” solid rock mountain, with a partial blue sky with dark clouds. The gold colour of the bottom makes even a nicer overall contrast in this photo!
Thank you kindly!
I would say this definitely this photo screams texture. This photo is what drew me to this post. It is amazing how you did this:)
Thank you very much for your kind words!