On this Boxing Day, it is already time for the 36th collection Tuesday Photo Challenge entries, which clearly saw the Light! I hope that everyone had a great start to their Holidays, as the Season continues and we’re looking forward to the New Year in 2017 with anticipation.
There were a great number of contributions to this week’s challenge, including first-time entries, and, as usual, the quality was fantastic! All of you really put your best lens forward!
Here’s another look at some of the holiday lights at Tower Hill Botanic Garden:
The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:
Judith led the proceedings off with a great post in Nature Knows Best, in which there were lights of all sizes and purposes.
Michelle’s post in Southern By Design featured gorgeous photography, which you’ll need to check out!
Emily’s blog, Zombie Flamingoes showed some amazing lighting, which clearly took quite a bit of work.
In her post in Showers of Blessing, Miriam shares the gorgeous Christmas decorations done by her friend, who is on the mend from extended health issues.
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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12 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 36”
Magical picture 🙂
It looks great!
Happy Holidays & all the best for 2017!
Thank you! May you enjoy the Holidays and have a great New Year!
Frank, I love these contributions. What a line up! Your challenge is fantastic, truly. Thanks for doing it. And great photo of Tower Hill Botanical Garden 🙂
Thank you very kindly, Debbie!
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Here is my entry for this week. This is the first time I’m joining in on the fun.
Thank you for joining! It’s all about the fun!
You are so right … it is all about the fun!