Memories of Good Times

A final farewell

A quick note to let you know why there some delays over the pass week. After a short stay in hospice, my mother passed away last week. There are many great times and wonderful memories for all of us to hold on to as we celebrate her life this week.

I succeeded in traveling to the Netherlands at the end of the week, so that I can be here for a final farewell. We’ll miss her!

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!

43 thoughts on “Memories of Good Times”

  1. We’re so sorry for your loss Frank and it’s amazing you were able to travel to the Netherlands for a final farewell. That means a lot and our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time 💜

  2. Deepest sympathies, Frank. So glad you are able to be there for a final fare well. May the stories shared along with tears and laughter be a balm to your spirit.

  3. Such a sweet collection of memories in photos. I am so sorry for your loss – and glad you were able to travel to join with your family at this sad time. Take care.

  4. Mijn condoleances Frank, ik hoop dat jullie samen een waardig afscheid van je moeder kunnen hebben. Sterkte de komende dagen, maar ik denk dat jullie veel mooie momenten hebben om op terug te kijken. En dat die herinneringen de momenten van het moeten missen zullen gaan vervangen. Sterkte.

  5. What a great tribute to her mother! The last farewell seems so unreal, eh? Have a good travel to Holland My last farewell to my hair seems comparatively superficial. Sorry you have to miss your mom!.

  6. Frank, so sorry for your loss. Beautiful tribute and I’m so happy for you that you are able to travel and get to say goodbye. My thoughts go out to you.

  7. I’m so sorry for your loss Frank. My deepest and heartfelt condolences to you and all your family and friends. May her beautiful soul Rest In Peace! I’m so glad that you were able to say goodbye to her. My sister-in-law lost her father from cancer today and she couldn’t even say goodbye to him since she lives in America and her parents are in India.

  8. Hi Frank, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your mum. I’m sure those special memories will live on forever. Sending you lots of love.

  9. Hi Frank, I’m new to your blog and saw not only this post but your weekly photo challenge, of which I will try to integrate with my Sunday Stills challenge. I’m so sorry to read about your mom. My mom passed away in early March but I got to be there the day before. Due to COVID-19 restrictions in the US, most people cannot enter hospitals or nursing homes to say their goodbyes. BLess you and your family during this time.

  10. I am just catching up after taking a six week break to concentrate on Pandemic Porch Portraits. I am so sorry to hear that your mother has passed away, Frank. My thoughts are with you.

  11. Hi Frank, I have been away for a while and was catching up on your web site. I am so sorry for your loss. I can understand the pain. We lost my wife’s father to COVID-19 on 8th April. This set of images is an excellent celebration of your mom. Stay safe.

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