With some initial, cautious steps it is time to regain a sense of balance in life. It has not been easy to find creative energy outside the structure provided by a rather busy work schedule, as much of my energy is derived from direct, human interaction.
This year will be the year of our grand re-opening, as we’ve learned to deal with one challenge after another (and still more right now), and I have to say that I am looking forward to getting some real travel back into my schedule. Plans and reservations have been made for both a photography journey to Iceland in August and a Rhine river cruise in September. Exciting prospects!
One of my welcome outings of last year, was a trip to visit a great friend of mine and our going out to explore some areas with photo opportunities. This particular spot was the beach at Harkness State Park in Connecticut, where these pieces of driftwood caught my attention on a rather cold December day. The line they presented was just very inviting!
This image was captured with an iPhone 12 Pro Max and processed using Luminar AI; this software is produced by Skylum, headquartered in Kyiv, Ukraine.
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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19 thoughts on “Finding Balance”
Good to hear you are back!
Thank you, Chris.
Lovely picture Frank, almost alive with serpents and lizards.
It’s definitely that 😎
Lovely to see you here again Frank! 😊
Thank you, Xenia!
Absolutely stunning. I love the subjects, the colours and the angle.
Thank you kindly.
I am happy that you’ve returned to blogging, Frank.
Thank you, Khürt! Good to start building again.
Hi Frank. So glad to see you back 🙂 🙂
Thank you, Brian! Good to be on the return path.
Planning trips like this can bring such hope and excitement back into life. I have friends who have gone to Iceland and rave about its beauty – calling it a photographer’s paradise. Your image from Connecticut is stunning!
Thank you. It’s going to be fun in Iceland. I’ve been before and can’t wait to be there again.
I hope it all goes according to plan – looking forward to seeing your spectacular photos afterwards! 🙂
Beautiful image. Iceland and a trip down the Rhine sound like a great step back into travel. Donna
Glad to see you are back after such a long haul. And hope you find your groove again in this new world, which often resembles the old one but almost certainly isn’t…
Thank you Mui! I will post more soon, as I’m traveling in Iceland