This week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge definitely saw an explosion of fantastic blue-themed images from many of you! It was also wonderful to see a significant number of first-time participation, letting me know that Blue is a great color!
What caught my eye in looking at the variety of photography that was showcased this week, is that the blues ranged from extremely intense to muted and very understated. A truly beautiful range of expressions of a single color!
For your entertainment, another of my varied blue images..
From my short trip to Iceland, the lighter blues of the geothermal pool made for an almost subtropical feel in this image at the arctic circle.
The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:
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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14 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 17”
Some fantastic posts here Frank. I had intended on posting and had photos ready but never quite got around to it. Still enjoyed reading your entries.
Thanks you, Miriam. If you want to post, I’ll be happy to update the round up; we always love your posts!
Aw, thanks Frank, that’s kind to say I might pass on this one. My thoughts are a bit scattered at the moment with other things on my mind. But I’ll be back.
Great theme! So many interesting pics.
Thank you! I agree with a glass of Riesling!
Frank what a wonderful line up – yay! Blue is certainty a popular color and full of depth in its hues. So glad you do these photo challenges, and I really like your next blue photo. 💖😄
Thank you,Debbie! It’s an excellent set of images indeed!
Loved reading all the entries …………. I’m really enjoying your Tuesday challenges. Look forward to Tuesdays and Mondays more now !!! 🙂
Great to hear that you’re enjoying the challenges, as that is what it’s all about!
Thanks for posting, Frank! This was such a blast. I love looking at everyone else’s creative endeavors as well! Can’t wait to hear the next topic!
It’s a lot of fun to see all these creative ideas from everyone!
Thank you for the mention, looking forward to seeing your entries in future challenges!!