In this fourth installment as your tour guide of beloved Mull, I’d like to show some of the beauty that we found there during our visit.
When visiting Mull, we had a general idea of what we’d expect from Scotland: mountainous terrain with expansive lochs and a sense of ruggedness that would be everywhere. While there is plenty of such terrain, there are also some tender, hidden gems that show up with the right light and transport one into a completely different environment.
Getting views of this kind gave me a sense of where our inspiration for works, such as ‘Lord of the Rings’, comes from. There are many places within Scotland that I found these utterly magical scenes…
Walking along the wandering paths of Mull, on a beautiful, sunny day, there were little treasures to be found around every bend.
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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13 thoughts on “Isle of Mull – pt. 4”
Thank you. So beautiful, so lush, so inviting!!!!!!
Thank you; it’s a wonderful locale
So beautiful and lush sceneries.
Thank you so much for this series! The information and descriptions about the island are so interesting and the images are equally in inviting. That view of Duart Castle (part 3) perched on the cliff and the robin (?) perched to protect it are my favorites.
Thank you very kindly! It’s a wonderful island to visit! That robin was fearless as it perched on our car door when I tried to get a shot of the castle 🙂