The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Ascend.
There were a number of approaches to this theme that came to mind rather quickly, so you can expect more than one post for this theme…
As a started, I couldn’t help but think of the amount of ascending that my wife and I did while exploring the hill towns of Tuscany this year. These picturesque towns had us climbing everywhere, as very few streets stayed at the same level very long, and none had us do more climbing than Massa Marittima, as we even ascended the tower at the top of the town for an amazing view.
Here’s part of the climbing that we did in Massa Marittima…
Luckily, the great food kept us well-sustained for all this climbing!
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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5 thoughts on “Reaching Ever Higher”
Friday 15/2017 night Kioka Jackson
On Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 12:58 PM Dutch goes the Photo! wrote:
> jansenphoto posted: “The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the > theme of Ascend. There were a number of approaches to this theme that came > to mind rather quickly, so you can expect more than one post for this > theme… As a started, I couldn’t help but think of the am” >
Love these old villages built on the sides of hills and cliffs but I wouldn’t want to have to do the stairs that often.
Thank you very much.