Tuesday Photo Challenge – Mystery

Mysteries of the universe!

Welcome to Week 53 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  Exactly 364 days ago, I kicked off a new series on my blog without any idea where it might lead with this post: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Around the House.  While the post got a reasonable number of views and likes, it didn’t achieve what it set out to do, as there were no responses to that week’s challenge.  Undeterred, I followed it up with a second post the following week, which received a single pingback.

Things have grown tremendously since then due to the unflagging support from all of you!  Your responses to each week’s challenge are the lifeblood of this challenge and I’m excited to take it into its second year of existence!

Of course, the question on your minds is what this week’s theme might be…  Particularly, as I set this post’s title to Mystery.

The first anniversary challenge theme is Mystery!  Your mission, should you accept it, is to provide something in your photography or poetry or other medium of expression that relates a bit of mystery.  This could be in what you don’t share with the viewer or reader, so that you leave a part of the story up to their imagination, or it could be the central theme.

As always, you have free rein with your interpretation and direction of creative outlet, and I fully encourage you to explore to the boundaries of the mysteries of the universe!

Here’s a warm-up act to your main interpretative opus…

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Mystery of the Daffodils

This image goes back 7 years to the Spring of 2010; as I drove along one of the normal detours to the office, I noticed the light playing on this cluster of daffodils.  Naturally, I had to stop and capture them, while leaving a little mystery, as to what lay beyond them.

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • 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)!!

Very much looking forward to all of your great images!  Should be a fun week!

Author: jansenphoto

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. Universal Connections 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!

50 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Mystery”

  1. Congratulations on one year of your photo challenges Frank. It definitely pays to persist hey? They’ve provided so many of us with some awesome prompts. And this week’s is no exception. Lovely pic and thought provoking challenge.

  2. I love this Frank! I’ll do my best. (I’m in a class this weekend). Whether or not I am able to participate, I want to wish you MUCH CONGRATULATIONS for your first year of this Photo Challenge. It is an inspiration and a connection among our wordpress community. Thank you, Frank. Blessings, Debbie 🙂 ps – here’s to another year of awesomeness.

    1. Thank you, Debbie! It’s because of the wonderful blogging community that I’m able to do this. It’s all the support and inspiration that I draw from everything that keeps me going. Hope you enjoy your class!!

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