This week’s theme was rather down to earth and, nonetheless, critical to good photography: Shadow!
The approach to the theme was varied in that both personal and other shadows were captured in the images, some of which were asked about their lurking behavior. The view of the shadows was very personal and looked at multiple interpretations. There was even an art installation that asked the audience to contribute their shadows to the overall effect!
This little image was one that I did years ago for an conceptual photography class. It is inspired by a sketch by Piet Mondriaan of trees along a road.
The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:
ladileemanilla was very quick to respond to the challenge and provided some wonderful photos highlighting shadows.
Nadia’s post in Becoming Roots featured a haiku, in addition to great photos!
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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4 thoughts on “Tuesday Challenge – Round Up 24”
Wow, what a very creative shot Frank. Look forward to your next challenge.
Thanks for the kind mention, it was great fun and much enjoyed! I love shadows, they are truly unique to the time of day and object.
And great photo, wow! 🙂
Thank you so much! Great to hear that you enjoyed the topic.