Photography – the recording of light – is a way of playing with our visual imagination. It's not about reality. It's about what we want to see.
What drives our imagination is the will to see, and thereby create, a reality for ourselves, a deep desire innate to our restless human nature. This desire is what photography is eminently equipped for to exploit artistically.
Even though I'm supposed to be the creator of my photographic images, I'm the sucker who falls first under their spell. That's how much I love the illusions I can create with a photographic system (camera, lens, light-sensitive material, post-processing, and presentation).
I do not believe that we can really master an art, but we can become useful human vehicles for whatever wants to be expressed – not only in art, although it can well be argued that life itself is art. The unknown in us is making the choice of the most adequate way of expression through this particular consciousness at this particular point in time and space. The result may seem a bit awkward and flawed but that is as far as it can go with our awareness, and yet offers eminent teaching for us at this moment. As timeless consciousness we are responsible at the level of expression, and as humans we are taken to court at the level of the expressed (time, place, humans, and justice all being part of the expressed).
Being retired now, I find that fine art photography has become my full-time occupation. I happen to live close to a natural park in the dunes, where I love to roam and can open myself easily to every inspiration my mental eye could possibly need. I don't have to travel far anymore for an image to find me.
This web site provides a platform to share my imagined world with you.
Castricum, The Netherlands
Jan. 13, 2013
 See also: the inhabitable image: http://stanschaap.com/the-inhabitable-image/
 "Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera. A oneness with your world is your film. Your bright eyes and easy smile is your museum." - Ansel Adams. See: http://www.photoquotes.com/printableshowquotes.aspx?ID=10
 See also: embracing the dream: http://stanschaap.com/embracing-the-dream/