Tuesday Photo Challenge – Unusual

You’re so unusual!

Welcome to Week 61 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

After another week of amazing entries to last week’s challenge, I thought it might be interesting to return to my old tricks and throw you a bit of a curve ball with this week’s theme.  Your challenge is to come up with an image (or more than one) that captures the theme of Unusual.  I’m confident that your creative eyes and minds observe plenty of scenes during your week that you could consider unusual, so I’m eager to see them in your entries.

As usual, you can take poetic license into any direction that your vision desires, as your photography can be as unusual, as you want.  Extra credit for creative captions!

Here’s a rather unusual scene that my wife and I came across in Ostia Antica…

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Where’s my hand?

This statue is of the god Mithras about to kill a bull.  Mithraism was a cult religion during the days of the Roman empire from the 1st – 4th century C.E., which had underground temples called mithraea.  The religion was inspired by Persian worship of the god Mithra; during the heyday of the Roman empire, many foreign religious influences were adopted by Romans in Italy.

The caption is inspired by one of my Facebook friends, who recognized the humor in this scene immediately!

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)!!

I can’t wait to see what kind of unusual entries you’ll serve up this 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!

54 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Unusual”

    1. Hi Stella, the pingback issue is on my side; for some reason I have not been able to turn off the requirement for my approval for each pingback. I have to once again ask WordPress support about this.

      Sorry about that,

      Frank

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