The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Waiting. An interesting theme, that made me think of a number of images that I shot over the years. On Wednesday, I posted a photo from a model shoot that had a Lady in Waiting, so today it’s time for something a little different.
This particular model stood very still indeed, as she gazed across the ages with the wistful look of love lost. Is she waiting for her long gone paramour?
What are your thoughts?
This image came to be at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts, where this lovely statue was placed among the plants in the Orangerie.
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 “Eternity?”
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When I see this, this reminds to all the time I’d to wait for my wife infront of shops, on airports, whereever eternally. This model must for sure be an exception.
I can relate to that feeling 🙂
A beautiful statue, beautifully photographed
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The lighting really makes the wistfulness in the photo
Thank you! It certainly does.