After the great response to last week’s challenge, which showed the state of flux, in which we find ourselves, it seemed appropriate to take a tour of something a bit more permanent this week.
As I wandered about on the farm property where my wife was getting her sheep herding lesson with our youngest Cardigan, I came up with the thought for this week. The theme for this week is Trunk. Of course, there is more than one way to use this word, as it can be the trunk of a tree, the trunk of an elephant, a steamer trunk, the trunk of a car (boot in non-American English), a railroad trunk, etc.
Whichever trunk you choose to portray, the challenge is to make something rather special of it. I went in a very traditional direction in this image…
I was struck by the variety of colors, textures and lines, as the light played across these past masters of the woods, which make for a rather spectacular view.
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)!!
I’m sure that the ideas will flow forward, and not be truncated! Have fun!
This image was captured with a Fujifilm X-T1 using a Fujifilm XF18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 LM OIS WR lens. Exposure settings were at 1/80 second, f/8 at 640 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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30 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Trunk”
Wonderful photo Frank. This one should be interesting.
Thank you, Miriam. I agree that we’ll get some really cool photography for this one.
great photo, Frank 🙂
Thank you! Love your entry with various trunks.
Great shot, Frank. Love the colours.
Thank you kindly!
Beautiful shot Frank and loving the topic. I feel an overload of pachyderm-ness coming my way !!!!!!!!! 🙂 .
🙂 I thought there might be some pachyderms in the near future 🙂
Hi Frank. Here is my entry for the week. https://charlesewaugh.com/2016/12/06/tuesday-photo-challenge-trunk/
Thank you. They look great!
Great photo and love the idea 🙂
Thank you! Looking forward to your entry this week, as I’m sure that you’ll come up with something interesting.
Thanks Frank 🙂
Thank you, Frank! Not sure if I’ll be participating this week and next week, as I’m preparing for and going to a retreat in northern California. 🙂 Sending everyone many blessings for this challenge.
Thank you for another lovely challenge Frank! My contribution for this week is here: https://whippetwisdom.com/2016/12/07/tanka-a-few-leaves/
You’re welcome, Xenia. And thank you for another great contribution!
Graveyard is such an apt description of this image – Bravo! I’ll sift through my images to find the one that I took a few years ago 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!!
I’d love to see it. It’s always good to go back through old images and find the gems that we didn’t recognize before.
I’m particularly interested in doing some touch ups as you’ve demonstrated in your images….I can see how it totally changes the perspective and focus. Loving it!!
You’ll find the inspiration when you look through them…can’t wait to see the results!