Structural Integrity

Holding it all together

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Structure, which is right up my alley, as I love finding structure, where not everyone might be looking for it.  Expect to see more than one post this week with a theme this fitting!

In particular, I enjoy going to Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts, which is a mere 10 minutes drive from where I live.  There is always something to photograph on any day of the year, and I have built up quite a catalog of images from there.

Here’s a bit of structural integrity…

Structural Integrity

As you can tell, I used the Sun’s light coming through this leaf to capture the strong definition of its structural members.  This leaf has wonderful definition!

Hope you enjoy!

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!

15 thoughts on “Structural Integrity”

    1. I started following your blog a couple of weeks ago. I really enjoy it, and your photography. In this leaf picture, a picture really is worth the “thousand words.” I like the thought and planning that has gone into your compostion! I will look forward to future posts from this blog!

      1. Thank you very much, David; I really appreciate that. Photography is very much about exploration, which I hope to bring in my blog and encourage others to do as well.

  1. This is beautiful, Frank. YES I see it right up your alley. 🙂
    I used to live in Cambridge and also in Somerville when I went to the Kennedy School — years ago at this point.
    Take care and have a blessed weekend. Happy Friday!

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