Assembling a portfolio

Part of the challenge of taking many photos over the years is that there comes a time to start organizing them into something that resembles a portfolio.  I have made several attempts at this in the past and always get somewhat overwhelmed by the process, which ultimately bogs me down into a morass of incompletion.

This time, I have started playing around with WordPress’ portfolio capability, but I’m not sure that I have figured it out yet, as publication seems a bit mysterious to me. So this post is to test part of the process…

Forum Romanum

We step into antiquity, as we walk across this location that was integral to much of early Western history.

Textures of Skye – pt.1

The Isle of Skye is the largest and northernmost of the major islands in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. The island’s peninsulas radiate from a mountainous centre dominated by the Cuillins, the rocky slopes of which provide some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the country. The Qiuraing range stands proud as part of this mountainous terrain… These outcroppings show … Continue reading “Textures of Skye – pt.1”

Let’s see, if this experiment works!

Author: jansenphoto

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. Universal Connections 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!

8 thoughts on “Assembling a portfolio”

  1. This is a great idea, Frank! I’ve been thinking recently of putting my blog posts into different themes, and eventually a book. I’m sort of doing that with the categories function, yet I’m not happy with it right now. Love what you’re doing – good luck. 🙂 Blessings, Debbie

  2. We keep ours sorted by date on our home server, but have made books {and many scrapbooks – pre-digital-image-era} and even a few private blogs. I’m starting to warm up to the idea of sharing images on my blog, but finding the time! I look forward to see how this works out for you {I saw your post via Twitter!} 😉

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