This week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge was a little different to say the least. All participants were challenged to photograph trash, which is not your everyday photography subject 🙂
Part of the reason begind this challenge was to stretch photographic muscles a bit by finding the beauty in something inherently ugly. As expected, the entries were fantastic with some true gems of trashy photography!
After the couch, here’s another one of my trash images…
This photo is both about the debris left behind, but also brings some structure to the foreground in the orderly pattern of the bricks.
The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:
Emily’s exploration of the uses of detritus and its treatment in Zombie Flamingos showed a very positive side in a great post.
Sonya, in her blog Middleton Road, showed a beautiful image of trash that was gorgeously composed!
Debbie, whose blog is Forgiving Journal, recovered strawberry plants from what she thought was trash in a great post that reminds us that love is all there is.
Judith writes a blog titled Nature Knows Best, in which she wrote about flowers getting treated like trash.
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.
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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5 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round-Up 15”
What a wonderful collection of trash!
I agree 100%!!
Thanks, Frank! I look forward to reading these – what a line up :).
Your photo is excellent. I appreciate the order of the bricks contrasted with the trash. Very creative.
Thank you, Debbie!
Never thought I’d say this about a plastic jug and cigarette butts….nice photo. Everyone did a great job on a curve ball of a prompt.