The WordPress Daily Post prompt has the interesting theme of Dignify; this immediately made me think of a rather simple scene that I captured a number of years ago.
As I walked among the trees at an agility trial that I was photographing, my eye caught this gentle mushroom standing beautifully among the debris of the forest floor. I knew that I had to capture this lovely little scene…
Looking back at this image, I still enjoy the simple beauty of the mushroom, standing there with dignity. Unfortunately, the story of the mushroom did not have a happy ending, as some time later, I noticed that it had been knocked down…
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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17 thoughts on “Dignity and the Mushroom”
Sometimes something simple is way more beautiful than something complected.
Thank you very much!
I love that mushroom. 🙂
I took a couple pictures of mushrooms this summer and they turned out so good. Love this picture!
Thank you! Mushrooms are a lot of fun to photograph!
In agreement there!!
I love how you capture the simplest things. More so that you take the time to appreciate them!
Thank you kindly!
Glad you did… wonderful.
What a fabulous fungi photo Frank 🙂
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Thank you very much!
Lovely! 😍 I’ve always had a soft spot for mushrooms.