Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 9

The spirit lifts us!

This week’s entries were very impressive, which is even more impressive, as this week’s challenge was difficult, as I asked people to express an abstract concept, the Human Spirit.

I was inspired by recent events to select the human spirit, as it is what will pull us through and, most importantly, pull together, as humanity should and will prevail.

A warm thanks to all who participated, as the response was heartwarming!


The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  • Steve, who writes Meandering Maverick, showed us a great memorial for local Police, Fire and EMS, who often put their lives on the line to help others.
  • Miriam of the Out an’ About blog, documented the incredible drive and determination of the people of Marysville, a village that was wiped out by bushfiers only to make a strong comeback!
  • Nadia, who writes blog Becoming Roots, shows us that many things, even little ones, help us maintain and sometimes rebuild our human spirit.
  • Debbie, whose blog is Forgiving Journal, provided a truly uplifting report of a wonderful person giving hugs against LGBTQ violence!
  • Nikki, who writes A Kinder Way, provided a report on her Life is Good shirt that was released to support victims recovering from the Boston Marathon bombing.
  • Kim may have been late, but his entry on Do You See What I See?, serves as a great reminder that we should not take our planet for granted and that it takes human spirit to stand up for the environment!
  • A late entry by Bikurgurl, whose Just a gurl in the world tagline belies the depth of her blog (great writing!), touched on the little details of the human spirit!

Thanks to each and every one of you, as I appreciate your taking the trouble and putting a great effort forth with these images.

Now to start preparing for Tuesday’s new topic…I’m trying to make up my mind on which one to pick:-)

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!

9 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 9”

  1. Yay, Frank! What a great group of contributions 🙂 I’m excited to check them out. And looking forward to what you’ve got for this week. They always end up being such learning opps for me. Blessings.

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