The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Structure, which has made me very happy, as there is lots of structure in Nature and the world around us.
Yesterday’s post focused on the structure of a large leaf. Today’s image is more about how beautiful structures get created through growth. The mechanics and construction of growing organisms are very interesting, as Nature favors those that optimize themselves to both adapt and thrive in their environment. As a result, the mathematics that describe these structures are beautiful as well.
Here’s an example of structural growth…
This cabbage is simply stunning in the complexity of the shapes that are in view. Fractals are clearly in evidence here!
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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14 thoughts on “Beauty in Growing Structure”
that is wonderful. when i was young is hardly for me to love a painting or pictures but as a matured person i understand what it really means
Thank you very much!
I’ve always found the coloring and shapes of the cabbage interesting too!
that is wonderful, am yet to try one
Who knew cabbage could be so beautiful?
Thank you kindly!
Fabulous! Nature is just stunning. It is such a delight. 🙂
Simply – WOW !!!
Beautiful pic! Appreciating nature is always refreshing!