Welcome to episode 26 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! After a wonderful week of Art photography with awesome posts, as can be seen in the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 25; if you haven’t seen them yet, please go check them out.
In keeping with the season, as it is getting a little colder in New England and the leaves are turning beautiful colors, this week’s challenge theme is Halloween!
Celebrating Halloween in all its forms has become a larger phenomenon over the past couple of decades; it has grown from an opportunity for young children to go from door to door to proclaim ‘trick or treat!’ and get some candy to a not-so-serious excuse adults to throw a party. From its Celtic origins and integration with Christian beliefs, this holiday has become a lot of fun for many, regardless of its origins; many of us will decorate for the season and even dress up in either an silly or scary costume.
My challenge to you is to share how Halloween, or Dia de las Brujas, is celebrated in your part of the world. Bring your creative minds to the forefront and share your photos and stories!
Here’s a taste from a decoration in front of our house from about six years ago…
A happy pumpkin and some fog make for an inviting twist to the season.
For those who’d like to participate in this weekly challenge, the rules are the following:
Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!
This should be a fun week and we might even learn some new things from each other!
This image was captured with a Canon EOS 1D MkIII using an EF24-105mm f/4L lens. Exposure settings were at 1/160 second with f/8 and 400 ISO.
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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9 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Halloween”
Ha ha very nice Frank! 🙂 This should engender some good responses.
I’m just getting back from a trip to Japan, so I’m not sure I’ll make this one.
Sending blessings of zen your way.
Hope you had a great trip to Japan!
It was truly wonderful Frank thanks. I learned a lot about kindness and pausing to give and receiving blessings and respect. Plus the temples, architecture, and gardens were stunning! Hope you’re well.
Frank – this challenge is a bit early for us in the UK !!! I’ve tried my best – and there are hints of Halloween in my entry but no carved pumpkins have been spotted yet !!! 🙂
Here in the US it seems that every year the holidays are marketed to us earlier and earlier. I’m in the process of setting up my display at the office, and I’m the one running behind here 🙂
Wow !! We’ve had Christmas things out since end of August but I try to avoid them until …….. well actually …… all together if possible !! Enjoy your Halloween festivities !! 🙂
I’ve been known to whistle Christmas songs in July just to see people’s reaction, but avoid stores with holiday merchandise 🙂