My development in photography
I have always been an occasional holiday snapshooter and nothing else. Around 2006, my wife started to apply her artistic talents (she majored from the finest Shanghai and Beijing art universities) to photography and I was intrigued to see what she could do with a camera. I followed suit, typically using cameras she no longer used, and found my own way into artistic photography. I never received any formal training but picked up things along the way, in particular thanks to the Flickr discussion groups Life thru a Lenz and Learn composition by example. As a result, my work has now been exhibited twice, appeared in Flickr Explore over fifty times, was selected as illustration for numerous internet news sites, and has been sold for commercial applications.
My photography themes
Although I do not have a particular specialty, several themes recur in my stream: abstracted architecture, candid street scenes, animals, silhouettes - many of these can be found on the portfolio page linked to at the bottom of this page. Almost always my shots are chance encounters, I rarely plan a shoot. Perhaps most distinguishing is a special "eye for the occasion" that many professional photographers, who have far superior technique, lack. As one of my dearest Flickr friends once put it: "Hennie has the gift of a photographer's eye. His photographs are often surprising and always fascinating. I often find myself wondering how he saw what he captured with the camera. In addition to his eye, Hennie is a great technician. His sense of composition, color (or monochrome), and texture are enviable. It's always a pleasure to view his work and I'm fortunate to count him among my Flickr friends."
About this site
The main navigation buttons are located at the top and bottom of each page. The top row is for the fine art of Lu Schaper, the bottom row for my photography. In addition, many pages will have extra buttons at the bottom of the page for your convenience.