Welcome to Week 47 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge. Your entries for last week’s theme of Structure were an absolute joy to read and peruse! It looks like the entries are just getting stronger every week!
For this week’s theme, I’m drawing once more from the images that I captured during a visti to Tower Hill Botanic Garden. While I absolutely love exploring the textures and structure of leaves, there are some other things that attract my attention. Such is the case for the image that brings us to the theme of Bloom!
The word bloom is interesting to me linguistically, as in Dutch the word for flower is bloem, which is pronounced bloom. For that very reason, I’d encourage you to think about all the nuances that you sense when you hear the word bloom; use these to inspire your exploration of creative possibilities when you select your photos!
So here’s that image full of bloom…
This beautiful flower stood out among the sea of green, just beckoning to be noticed. The only thing that was missing, were some hummingbirds to sip the nectar.
The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:
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 know that your entries will be blooming fantastic and fun! Have fun unlocking those creative juices!
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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58 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Bloom”
Beautiful shot. Just where are the hummingbirds when you need one though – ha ha !!
They need to add some of them for the Winter 🙂
Hybiscus are my faves! 😍
Great pic Frank. I’ve missed the last few challenges but hope to be back amongst the blooms this week. 🌹
Great to have you back, Miriam!
Lovely picture. My response is a little ‘off the wall’
Off the wall is always appreciated!
Bloom is such a perfect topic for this time of year! Spring is on the way!
I agree! Let there be Spring!
Wow! I love that color of hibiscus! I have several hibiscus bushes, but they are all red. Let us go out to my garden and see what I can find!! I love the challenge of this week!
Thank you kindly!
I’m putting it together!
Hi Frank, I got the post done. It was a hard choice to pick my many flowers! They all are my favorites!
That is a good problem to have!
I smile of you response. Yes, I should be happy with that problem!!
Frank, you never cease to amaze me. 🙂 This is a beautiful photo, and an equally beautiful focus for your weekly challenge. I’m in. Have a great rest of your week, and big smiles to you ~~Debbie
ps – I really like the play on language with bloem and bloom. Thanks.
Thank you very much, Debbie! Greetings from Israel!
Oh, Frank, no kidding! Have a wonderful time. ❤ Israel is magnificent (and a little intense, at lease for me). Great travels to you. Debbie
So … nothing blooming here at the moment. This week brought rain and strong winds. I may have to visit the florist and/or use the Dutch word bloem for inspiration.
You may be surprised and see something blooming indoors during your travels…
Beautiful hibiscus. Gorgeous bloom.
The topic this week is right up my alley. Love it.
Here is my entry this week.
I love hibiscus, especially the ones which are not bright red.
Thank you for another lovely challenge Frank! I have gone with the verb ‘bloom’ and my contribution for this week is here: https://whippetwisdom.com/2017/03/08/weekly-photo-challenge-wish/
Hi Frank, here is my second contribution for this week: https://whippetwisdom.com/2017/03/10/first-blogoversary/
bloom from the Philippines 🙂
OK, Frank – done!! I ended up doing two. The first one is the one I just finished (right under the wire 🙂 ), and I also decided to add the post I did on Forgiving Fridays. This challenge was such a blessing for me to participate in this week. Thank you – and hope your trip to Israel was wonderful.
Thank you kindly!