Welcome to episode 22 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! After a most unusual week of the best of weird, whacky and, generally, out of place scenes that were photographed in fantastic ways, it’s time to try something else a bit different.
After last week’s theme, I figured that we take a bit more of a philosophical bent for this week. I’d like you to photograph whichever path(s) appeal to you. In the theme of path, I’d like you to think about where the path might lead you; is this a place that you want to get to, or is it one that you want to avoid? Is this a path that everyone is going to take, or is it just your path?
The path in this photo is still one of my favorites, as I love the forest, and Baxter State Forest is among the best places to be.
Notice how this path leads us into the forest, where mossy ground is inviting for us to take a nap, or just rest and look at the clouds pass overhead.
For those who’d like to participate in this weekly challenge, the rules are the following:
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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29 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – The Path”
Beautiful photo. Look forward to taking part 🙂
Thank you! Can’t wait to see what catches your eye!
I’ve added my take named “Beauty In the Journey”
Thank you 🙂
Frank what an awesome challenge! I’m sure you know that I love it
☺ It’s actually perfect timing for me – going through some potential changes right now.
I saw light sparkles when you asked about the next challenge. That’s pretty auspicious.
Blessings to you Frank,
glad to hear that this challenge strikes a chord, which doesn’t surprise me. As I mentioned, this one is a bit philosophical as well.
PS – forgot to mention, I love woods too. Gorgeous shot Frank
Here is our entry (the pingback doesn’t seem to be working).
Fantastic post! Thank you for participating!!
Great work Frank.
Thank you, Steve!
G’day Frank. It’s been a while since I posted (life’s crazy right now), but I had time to do a post for this challenge: https://thrumieyes.wordpress.com/2016/09/16/path/
Welcome back to normalcy, Kim! I can relate, as work is exploding here…
Thanks Frank. At least we have photography to calm ourselves. 🙂
Wonderful photo Frank and a theme that really resonates with me. Look forward to posting soon.
Thank you, Miriam! Looking forward to seeing your post.
I have added our contribution ‘Sharing Our Path’: https://whippetwisdom.com/2016/09/18/sharing-our-path/
Done Frank!!! Thank you. Whew that one took a while to come out. And so full of learning … You are awesome. Happy Sunday.