The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Variations on a Theme.
This challenge immediately made me think of a tree that has been a significant part of my photographic life: the Yoga Tree! Her variation across the seasons is nothing short of fantastic, as she adapts and graces the landscape with beauty every day.
Here are some examples of this lady of the fields:
Birth of the Sun
Sol, it arises!
These days, she is surrounded by a compost farm, which is not a fitting place for a lady, so these images (and many more!) are a wonderful reminder of days gone by.
Have a wonderful day!
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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17 thoughts on “Posing through the Seasons”
This lovely lady is indeed majestic and you have captured her beauty so perfectly good, Frank 🙂
Thank you, Hammad!
It’s beautiful !!!! The lady continues to be elegant with all seasons ❤ ❤
Thank you kindly!
hi frank, wonderful and interesting selection of the tree my favorites are the 3rd, 8th, 11th.
Thank you very much, Robert!
Lovely chronicle of Lady Yoga.
Thank you most kindly!
Love this series – a truly beautiful and enigmatic tree.
Thank you very much!
How unique. Love it!