The Final WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has presented their final theme of All-Time Favorites, which, while being a bit sad that it’s their last prompt, is a great way to finish.
Today’s favorite is one that a lot of people have commented on over the years. It also is one of my favorite subjects, as I took many photos of this particular tree over the years. Yes, of course, I’m talking about the Yoga Tree, which has been the subject of many a shot. Among all those images, it is not easy to pick just one that stands out, though!
So here’s my choice…
The Wise Tree is one of the early captures of this wonderful tree in the series that stretched over three years. The cloud pattern is waht drew me in for this shot, and I was not disappointed when I got there!
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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10 thoughts on “WPC Final Week – Favorites – pt. 2”
I love this tree Frank. It has so many personalities.
Thank you! She is wonderful!
What a fantastic tree and evocative photo! Thank you for sharing this favorite with us. 🙂
Thank you most kindly!
I remember this photograph. Amazing image! It feels wonderful to see this tree again.
Thank you very much!
Your Yoga tree is my favorite also, Frank! I feel sad also that the Weekly Photo Challenge has come to the end.
This tree looks like how I feel these days.