By now, we’re up to the 34th collection of responses to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Flow! It’s great to see that all of your entries are still fresh and innovative every week, which is a true inspiration for me.
An idea that I’d like to propose to all of you, is to also ask for topics that you would like to see covered in the on-going series of Tuesday Photo Challenges; if there’s a topic that has you thinking creative thoughts, and you’re itching to use it in your photography, please let me know and I’ll be happy to build a challenge around it.
This week’s contributions included a variety of trunks, both of the moving and stationary kind! The images were tremendous and you certainly displayed some great creativity. Thank you all for these great contributions.
Another bit of trunk here, in hiding behind a trunk to make use of backlighting…
The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:
Ladyleemanilla provided images of two varieties of trunks, which were just beautiful! The baby elephant is simply precious!
Charles provided great images highlighting trunk texture in his blog CharlesEWaugh; definitely go check them out!
Judith’s post in Nature Knows Best was filled with elephants (and a couple of trees), which looked just amazing and endearing enough to want to hug them!
Emily stood out from the crowd with her post in Zombie Flamingoes, as she provides us with an image of a steamer trunk.
Leaking Ink‘s post tells us all about an angry tree with a wonderful poem to match the topic. Go on over and read it!
Xenia’s post in Whippetwisdom combines lovely photos of her whippets among the trunks with a wonderful tanka!
Miriam’s ode to a trunk in Out an’ About tells us of her appreciation of the massive redwoods of California, as well as the trees close to her home.
I absolutely love your entries, as they were a lot of fun the peruse! Now, what can I pull together for the next one?
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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3 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round-Up 34”
Thank you again for your inspiring challenge Frank, it was a lot of fun!☺
Beautiful photo, Frank! And what a lovely set of contributions. I’ll be on retreat this week so offline.
Suggestions for topics: “flying” or “balloons”. Not sure why, that’s what I saw! Also, “fun”.
I like these suggestions. They will definitely come up.