As I selected Retrospective for this week’s TPC theme, I thought it would be nice to look back at countries visited during the 2010s! So here it goes!
Looking down from the shorter tower of the Stephanskirche provides an incredible view across all of Vienna!
In Vancouver, BC, I got to walk among the treetops, high up above the canyon floor (below…)
On the Isle of Skye, I got to see some of the most incredible landscapes, such as here, where I’m a ways up in the Quiraing range. I could sit here forever and watch the clouds change the landscape!
I got some time in Israel to explore the Apollonia National Park in Herzliya; this amazing Roman settlement was a wonder to behold!
Our Italian trip was filled with amazing towns (idea for some posts…), such as Massa Maritima; the hill towns in Tuscany are just stunning! And the food was awesome too!
As can be expected, there have been numerous trips to the Netherlands, and Rotterdam is still among my favorite cities in this world!
Iceland is filled with amazing vistas, and I spent way too little time there (4 days) to scratch the surface. One of my discoveries was the Herring Era museum in Siglufjördur! It brought one back to a different time!
Sometimes, travel doesn’t go as planned, and you get to spend an additional 24 hours in a location. This happened in Prague, which is not a bad place to find yourself in!
My visit to Ukraine was fantastic, as the hospitality was amazing and I got to see some of the sights, such as the view here!
Liverpool, England, was an impromptu visit that gave me the opportunity to see my favorite Premier League team play at Anfield, their home ground! A fantastic city too!
In less than 2 weeks, I will be in India, so the adventure continues!!
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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34 thoughts on “Vacation Retrospective”
First of all I welcome you to India, in advance. Now as for your post, thanks so much for giving the opportunity to see the world through ur account of journey made.
Thank you very kindly!
Almost like the slide show of years gone by Frank 🙂
Lovely to see such fantastic photos from your travels.
Thank you so much!
A cool take on your own theme 🙂
A beautiful sequence Frank, you’ve visited some wonderful places this year and the walk among the tree tops looks amazing!
Thank you, Xenia. It’s more than 1 year, and I realized that I missed a couple of places 🙂
A lovely synopsis of your travels.
Fantastic report! Here’s wishing you an amazing, most memorable trip to India. Which part of the country will you be visiting?
Thank you so much! I will be in Mumbai and Pune, mostly for work with a couple of days of touristing in Mumbai.
I look forward to seeing Mumbai through your lens !
Great places….great photos. And have a great New Year!
Thank you, Teresa! You have a wonderful New Year as well!
Amazing journeys! Enjoy India, it’s a world apart! Happy new year! Maar kom ook eens naar de oude haven van Dordrecht 😉
Hartelijk bedankt! Ik ben echt benieuwd om India te bezoeken. Volgende keer in Nederland kom ik bij Dordrecht langs!
Lovely retrospective. I didn’t remember seeing the photo from Vancouver. I must do that.
India! Relax, we are programmed to receive. Don’t take seriously the part of the song which says “This could be heaven or this could be hell”.
LOL!! I very much look forward to India and the experience that its people will bring to me!
hi frank, great and Wonderful pictures for this week, here is my entry https://wp.me/p2AvI7-3mA.
Robert: really lovely website you have. It’s so professional. Congratulations on it. You must get a lot of good feedback.
thank you katrina very much for your comment and i glad you like it.
Thank you very kindly, Katrina! That’s high praise coming from someone with your credentials. Best wishes for a great 2020!
Hi Robert, happy New Year! Great post!
thank you so much for your comment and i glad you like it.
You’ve certainly covered the globe!
Slowly but surely, I will get there 🙂
Wow, you have been to some fantastic destinations. quite a few I can share with you. But Iceland, Ukraine and Israel need to go on my bucket list. My favourite has to the bridge image.