Round the Bend

Perfect day on the river

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Rounded.  This topic gave me some immediate ideas, as Nature is full of rounded features.

The image that I decided on for this post is one from last weekend’s outing to Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge in Harvard, Massachusetts.  It was one of those fantastic days that don’t occur often in Autumn, although we have had an abundance of them this year! The Nashua river runs through Oxbow, as it meanders gently through a rather swampy area to create a wonderful wetlands location for birds, turtles and other animals.

Take a look back toward the light through trees, our eyes follow the river ’round the bend…

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Round the Bend

As you can tell, the weather was perfect!  A glassy surface reflects the trees on the opposite bank, as we can imagine gliding down the river in harmony with Nature.

Have a wonderful day!

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!

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