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!
The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Serene.
As I was thinking about another image for this week, my mind gravitated toward an image from more than 10 years ago, during a wonderful Autumn afternoon. As the light was slowly diminishing, I sensed that there might be some magic happening near the Quinapoxet river in my home town of West Boylson.
When I got there, I was not the only photographer, as several tripods were on the bridge. So I made the decision to get down to the waterline, if only to get a different vantage point. Shooting just a foot above the water, I was rewarded by these Canada Geese, who floated majestically. Slowly, they moved, as I photographed them, until finally, on shot 34, they aligned as seen here.
Here’s that serene moment…
Persistence does pay, even if you have to wait for geese to do your bidding 🙂
Welcome to Week 86 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.
You provided a stunning array of posts with last week’s theme of Build, ranging from building cities and car ports to relationships and Nature’s amazing structures and ourselves! Creative, insightful, and wonderfully personal!
This week, I’d like to give you another opportunity to take the theme into many directions, as it is Message! Your decision is all about whether you want to portray message as a physical entity, a conceptual image or providing a message through your entry. I’m thinking that there will be a lot of wonderful messages put forth this week!
Have fun with your message, and let the world know what you want to share with it!
Sometimes the message comes from the great beyond…
Growing up among the classic paintings of the Dutch Golden Age, I always enjoyed the Vanitas paintings; these paintings all had a message to be decoded, from which the viewer could learn. Often, the message was ‘memento mori’, literally translated to ‘remember to die’, which encouraged people to reflect on their mortality. The same message was often used on gravestones from the 17th and 18th century in New England, and I have seen it in other locales as well; I always like to think of it as a reminder to live!
The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:
Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!
I’m looking forward to seeing what catches your eye this week…
Welcome to the 85th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! Another great set of responses from all of you on this week’s theme of Build.
This week’s entries were a lot of fun to read for me, as you indulged my curiosity about the directions into which you would take the theme. You provided wonderfully creative posts that went across the entire range of what can be built! Great posts on relationships, cities, personal projects and yourselves. The most impressive part of all your entries is in what you shared of yourselves! Thank you most kindly!!
Here’s a view that is something uniquely human…
Our building of Art is something that appears not to be done by other species (that we know of). Building for the purpose of appreciation by others of human tribe! This work by Antoinette Prien Schultze really spoke to me, as part of the Art in the Park exhibit in Worcester, Massachusetts a number of years ago.
The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:
Sarah kicked things off this week big with three posts! The first focused on building with junk in By Sarah; her second post focuses on building with driftwood, as seen in By Sarah The third entry takes us into Nature, as you can see in By Sarah, which knows how to build interesting structures. Great entries all!
Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom builds some wonderful moments when a snow-kissed landscape is enjoyed by a whippet!
Jokel’s entry for this week’s theme, in joknut, brings us to some interesting church ruins in the Philippines. A second entry that takes the build theme into an additional area is in joknut.
This week’s entry in theonlyD800inthehameau takes us across the Firth of Forth over a stunningly designed bridge!
This week, pensivity101 tells us about the wonderful relationship that she and her husband built; a great read!
Na’ama Yehuda‘s post brings us to an ancient place of gathering, which transcends religion by connecting the people of the area.
In Geriatrix Fotogallery, we get treated to a wonderful view of the city of the Caliphs outside of Cordoba, Spain!
Cee brings us an interesting view of what it takes to build in Cee’s Photography: building material, especially natural materials!
Wandering Iris presents an overview of some of the steps of building a log cabin; interesting to see!
In another excellent post in Photo Roberts Blog, Robert captures some of the big rigs that build our cities!
In her post in Mara’s Artistry, Mara continues her report on her visit to Berlin; go check it out!
Candace’s post in her blog Netdancer’s Musings shows some rather tall cranes! These always look precarious to me…
In Poetry in Pictures, we take a tour of the Borra Caves, which are a stunning set of caves with lots of interesting features!
Bushboy brings us a variety of constructs created by Nature’s builders in Bushboy’s World, which are stunning and intriguing!
In Land of Images, we get an interesting look into the ballast that was used to build a wall for a Scottish gishing village.
In Folly’s Photoworld vol. 2, Petra details the change from a dilapidated carriage house to a house for her car and some birds!
In Urban Liaisons‘ post, we get introduced to a forgotten village in the woods, which looks like a true Winter dream in its snowy cover!
Debbie’s post in ForgivingConnects takes this week’s theme and shares how she builds herself to be more accepting and forgiving of herself. A great way to be!
In Wind Kisses‘ first entry for this week, the focus is on building longevity, which is a very good thing. In her second post, Donna shares a fantastic fort in Wind Kisses, created by kids who just know how to have fun!
Linda’s post in Linda’s Cr8tions focuses on some of the classic architecture that we find in our cities, such San Diego, and the beauty that is in it!
In The Nomadic Architect‘s post provides us with a great reminder that sometimes, things need to be broken, in order to be able to build!
Susan shared evidence of the memories she was building over Thanksgiving, in Musin’ with Susan, having a great time with her cousins!
Bullyboy lets us get a view of the building of the city in his post in Travel387; a fantastic view!
The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Serene.
On a beautiful, still day, mornings can be particularly serene and inspiring of meditation, as we let ourselves be filled by the feeling of the moment. Filling our senses with the touch of the still air, the gentle sounds of birdsong, the pond stretching before our eyes and the scent of trees, we can almost taste the universe on the tip of our tongue.
To me, there’s nothing like taking a moment out of our busy days to stop and appreciate the universe, in which we find ourselves. Rekindling our connection with all that surrounds us, we feel alive, full and happy!
Here’s a rather serene moment for you…
Rocky Pond in Boylston, Massachusetts, used to be on my daily commute, and provided many an opportunity for me to stop for a moment and reconnect with the Universe.