Tuesday Photo Challenge – Human Spirit

Celebrate humanity!

This is already the ninth installment of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Participation in last week’s challenge with the them of Lines was rock solid with some amazing photography and even haikus to join in with the fun!

While I was thinking about what to select for this week’s theme, I decided to go in yet another different direction, partially to offset the horrific event of this past weekend in Orlando.  I want to go for something that is positive in humanity in that I am challenging you to capture the Human Spirit.

The Human Spirit is around us everywhere in lots of positive expressions, so go out there and capture some of that positivity and share it with the world!

My image for this week comes from an event that I have been lucky enough to photograph over the past couple of years; the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress‘s Buddy Walk is a hugely successful fund raiser for them, but it’s something even bigger.  This event is a true celebration of the human spirit, as it is a combination of acceptance, inclusion, perseverance and pure joy that leaves me uplifted every year that I am lucky enough to photograph the walk.

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Pure Joy!

For those who’d like to participate in this weekly challenge, the rules are the following:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

I fully expect to see some great examples of the human spirit in this week’s photography, and hope that all of you celebrate this challenge!

Technical Details

This image was captured using a Canon EOS 5D Mk III using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/500 second at f/8 at 640 ISO.

This image is also a nod to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Pure, as nothing is more pure than the joy of a child.

Author: jansenphoto

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. Universal Connections 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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