Tuesday Photo Challenge – History

Magical history tour!

Welcome to Week 64 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

As I’ve just recovered from the wealth of responses to last week’s challenge, I have been a little challenged to come up with this week’s theme….

Therefore, I thought about what might be meaningful about this week to a number of readers and as it was Canada Day this past Saturday (Happy 150th birthday!) and it is Independence Day in the United States today, I thought why not go for History as a theme?

What I’d like you to do in this challenge is to share a bit of your personal view of history in your image(s) and post.  History has a lot of meaning for many of us, and certain parts of history may resonate more with us than others.  It will be fun to see what parts of history we bring together this week, as a globally diverse group of Earthlings! (yes, I’m assuming that we’re all from this planet 🙂 ).

So, be creative, let your mind wander, fill your eyes with wonder and take us along on a trip of historic proportions!  This could just be fun!

Here’s a glimpse at part of what history means to me…

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Looking across the Forum

This view across the Forum in Rome this year was a rather significant moment for me, as my decision to apply to a program that placed Dutch students at universities in the USA, meant that I could not go on my high school class trip to Rome.  This always felt a little bit like a gap in my education, which, after forty-one years, was bridged this year.  To me, the Forum represents one of the three significant influences on Western civilization, which has had quite an impact on my life (a side-effect of a classical education in the Netherlands at the Gymnasium Erasmianum).

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)!!

So, don’t skip a step in your creative process, and step lively to sharing your photography and writing!

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!

45 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – History”

  1. Wow, Frank. This is a magnificent challenge. Perfect for this week, I’m sure 🙂
    I’m so glad you made it to Rome at last. That must have been beautiful (especially with your wife).
    Blessings, Debbie

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