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!
Strawberries and kale are both superfoods, as many of you know. Both are full of antioxidants, have cancer prevention properties and strawberries have anti-inflammatory benefits. Plus they are both delicious, so what could be better?
Hope you enjoy them or do you prefer other superfoods?
This is an image that I took a couple of years ago, when I was taking a food photography class. My goal was to achieve a simple, timeless image that had lines and colors working together.
Lighting for this image was done with a single studio strobe and a reflector to lighten the shadow. Camera for this shot was a Canon EOS 5D MkII with a 24-105mm f/4L lens; F-stop was set to f/6.3 at 1/100 second.
As Winter is beginning to reliquish its grip on New England, a look back at a beach visit from last year.
In 2015, the end of January was particularly cold and snow-filled, which made the last day of the month a perfect time to go visit the beach. There were many wonderful snow images, but this one stood a bit apart for me.
While wandering around the beach, I noticed that there were some areas where the receding water had left some rather interesting formations in the sand. Striations in the sand combined with the semi-solid salt water from the cold, created this wonderful view from a low angle (I laid down to get this angle). To my eye, this felt like looking over a sand dune toward the edge of a desert oasis, an interesting juxtaposition to the extreme cold of the day!
Hope you enjoy it as well!
This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D MkIII using a 25-105mm f/4L lens at 105mm. Shutter speed was 1/60 second at f/10 and 250 ISO.
This week’s shot was taken, as I just stepped out from work for a quick jaunt to Starbucks to feed my addiction.
It was a beautiful day with unseasonably warm temperatures about 60F (16C), which is a regular heat wave in New England in February. Walking down the uneven sidewalk, my eye caught the reflection of the Sun in the puddle of water. A little bit of adjustment in position, added some of the tree branch and resulted in what you see here.
The image is not re-cropped, as I shoot mostly square with my iPhone 6S; it’s an aspect ratio that forces my eye to observe things just a little different.
How often do you find yourself capturing serendipitous little scenes?
Steate of Mind provides an interesting challenge direction, as our state of mind can vary across a wide spectrum. But, never worry, as I may have take on this, and, no, it’s not the wondrous Yoga Tree this week…
Our state of mind can go into many directions. In ths image, we can infer something about the state of mind of the canoe’s owner… is it hopeful for warmer weather or ennui with Winter’s onslaught?
As Saturdays are very much free form, and I will be having a nice Scottish breakfast in a little while, here is a bit of mood lighting…
This scene presented itself to me in late October a couple of years back, while I was taking a short stroll on this farm conservation land. I was struck by the depth of color, against the sky’s blue and lovely clouds, which lead me to creating this little tableau.
Scenes along these lines are moments of meditation to me, as one cannot help but be amazed by the beauty and balance that surrounds us, as long as we take the time to focus on our breath and be present.
Hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
This image is courtesy of my iPhone 5S using the standard camera app and a bit of sharpening within Instagram.
A couple of year’s ago, my wife and I visited Scotland for an all too short 12 days. It was a wonderful vacation that afforded us many great things to see and experience. One of these locales is in the next couple of photos…
As we were leaving the Isle of Skye toward Inverness, it was recommended that we take a detour to see Plockton. This picturesque town, that looks to belong in a much more temperate zone than the highlands of Scotland.
Of course, it helped that the weather was absolutely perfect for the end of May, which gave us beautiful blue skies.
Plockton is very much a tourist attraction, because of its beauty and palm trees; it was used as the backdrop for the BBC Scotland series Hamish Macbeth, about a local police constable in the fictional town of Lochdubh.
As you can tell from these photos, the detour was well worth it.
Both of these shots were taken with a Canon EOS 5D MkIII and 24-105mm f/4L lens. I used the in-camera HDR processing capability for each of these shots. They were both taken at f/14 and 1/500 second at 400 ISO.
As last Friday’s mystery slide got a very positive response, I figured that I’d post another one from quite a while ago. This time, the slide didn’t have the answer marked on it, as it just said “#2”, but I think some smart readers can tell me a little about the following image:
This image is another slide scan from the collection of slides that I received from my father-in-law. Clearly, his father did a bit of traveling, as there are airplanes in the image.
This location has some interesting features, such as the fish pond and the pagoda and looks rather peaceful.
I am looking forward to what you can tell me about this location and its history.