Tuesday Photo Challenge – Trash

Showing another side of trash!

In this, the 15th edition of the Tuesday Photo Challenge, I challenge you to look for subject matter that you might ignore most of the time, as it’s not the most glamorous of material to photograph: Trash aka Rubbish, Refuge or the Detritus of Civilization!

The challenge that I pose to you is to depict the trash in a way that brings interest to the photo.  Use composition, color, humor or any other technique that makes it likely that someone else will look at the image you created and have some type of emotional response, be it a pensive moment or a chuckle.

There are lots of times when we look at some item that has been thrown away carelessly and we shake our head with a certain amount of ennui; see, if you can take that moment and turn it into something creative.

Such as what happened to me, as I almost drove by this scene, where someone had dumped their couch about 50 yards from the Town of Shirley dumping station.  After an initial head shake, I decided that the color composition was too precious not to capture it; the bright red of the couch against the deep greens worked rather nicely.

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Lonely Couch

So, let’s see, if you can dazzle your followers with some inspiring trashy pictures!  Of course, you’re going to succeed and show a side of trash that makes us all think and/or smile!

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)!!

This should be a fun challenge with lots of interesting images, and make you look at the world around you with a slightly different eye 🙂

Technical Details

This image was captured with an iPhone 5S using the standard Camera app.

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!

27 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Trash”

      1. I don’t think you guys realize how bad our couch is. ha!! The one in Franks photo looks more comfortable for sure. 🙂 I wish I was kidding. 🙂

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