The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Out of this World, which immediately made me think of the specific image in this post…
What is rather amusing to me is that the author of the prompt used a similar approach! My reason for selecting this image is that at the time it made me think of the tracks left behind by an invading horde of alien snakes from low-gravity planet out in the Draco system…
This view came to me during a February beach walk a number of years back; I heartily recommend the month of February for visiting the beach, as you mostly have it all to yourself to explore!
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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8 thoughts on “Alien Invasion?”
We are currently avoiding the beach here as it’s too windy and we’ve been issued with flood alerts. High tide has passed, so nothing too drastic, just a precaution to ‘be aware’, though we are on it by checking out various websites and local knowledge.
We’ve some rather nice weather as well! Rain, wind and high spring tides are not helping the shore communities. I would imagine that the alien snakes are taking this opportunity to make landfall…
Ha! We are amazed at the intricacies in the sand patterns, it’s never the same. We’re expecting more bad weather over the weekend thanks to storm Emma, but we’re keeping on top of the news, being in contact with our friends in the boating world and where we lived before. Everyone is having varying depths of snow, and I’ve just heard my uncle is snowed in on his farm, only a tractor can get to him.
The weather patterns have been completely surprising everywhere. It has been warm here and snowing all over Europe. I’ll be off to Brno tomorrow to enjoy the weather there. Good luck to your uncle!
Have a safe trip. Uncle is warm and well stocked up I understand.
People say the aliens are not true, I can a sure you that somewhere beyond the galaxy they are aliens around us, But they don’t need to hurt us in the sense of what we have been told as growing up. Some say that we are aliens from space and some say we were from the sea. Who knows where this has started from.