Simplifying our images and what we view can create some beautifully uncomplicated images, such as this one of the Yoga Tree.
The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:
Ann’s post in Ann J White is a beautiful capture of leaf and light across a fern.
ladyleemanilla‘s post featured a variety of great examples of simple views.
Georgie’s post in her blog Third Time Lucky! is full of beautiful images that are both simple and stunning!
Xenia’s Whippetwisdom post simply made me smile, as she highlighted the joys of playing ball with her whippets!
Leaking Ink ‘s entry this week shows us the simple pleasure of exploring a tree to find a beautiful little treasure: an insect!
Miriam’s post in Showers of Blessing has us visiting a crocodile farm in Australia; they look pretty fierce! She also contributed a second post in Showers of Blessing, which takes us back to her simple wedding on a beach in Maui; it may be simple, but it’s also beautiful and romantic!
Miriam’s post in Out an’ About shows us that defrosting a freezer is not a great way to spend a day, and that Harry knows how to relax!
Debbie’s post in Forgiving Connects talks about simplifying life and the importance of self-forgiveness.
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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2 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 30”
WOW Frank, this is a wonderful array of contributions.I’m looking forward to reading them. 🙂
Thank you as always for this photo challenge. It’s truly a blessing to participate. And I love the photo of your yoga tree – gorgeous! Did you use that in your exhibit?
Hope everyone has a great week,
Thank you, Debbie! Yes, I did include this one. Have a wonderful week,