Amazing to think that we’re up to the 35th set of wonderful entries to the Tuesday Photo Challenge with this set of posts relating to Balloons. This week’s topic was suggested by Debbie of the great blog ForgivingConnects (she suggested a couple of other ones too that I’m keeping in reserve); thank you kindly, Debbie for this excellent, lighthearted theme!
Of course, I’d love to hear from more among you with suggestions (I already have this week’s theme planned, but there will be many opportunities for future themes!). It’s a lot of fun to make this very much a community event, as there are such wonderfully creative people that contribute regularly!
Here’s another view at balloons, which definitely captures the attention of children, as all appear to enjoy the twists and turns that turn this balloon into a cute animal!
The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:
Ladyleemanilla shared a series of lovely images with lots of balloons, as well as some balloon tricks; go check out this cool post!
Miriam’s post in Showers of Blessing was wonderfully creative in how the balloon came together!
Misti’s contribution in Misti Layne showed tenderness in the human connection that is established in her image.
Judith’s post in Nature Knows Best was all about the one that got away, almost! Number 9 tried to float away, but only got as far as the ceiling 🙂
A short, yet very creative list of entries. I already have my plans together for tomorrow’s theme…
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 Photo Challenge – Round-Up 35”
What a joyful photo !! Watched someone making balloon snowmen on TV last night – lots of fun.
Thank you! It’s one of those things that is magic in children’s eyes.
Oh this is great, Frank! So glad that you ended up using this theme. 🙂 How fun. Hope you are having a fantastic holiday season. Debbie
I really appreciate your contribution to this, Debbie!