Welcome to Week 67 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.
While I didn’t take a count of last week’s entries, I do suspect last week’s theme of Yellow may have produced the highest number of entries to date; and they were fantastic!!
This week, I’m sticking with Nature for inspiration with the theme of Woods. Of course, these woods are not always the friendly, welcoming place that we might like, as we have seen in fairy tales… Then again, they can provide respite from a long trek in the mossy bed that sprawls among the trunks of whispering trees. The choice is yours, but I would challenge you to not just photograph the woods; set the mood with your image of what you would like these woods to give us…
As you walk into your favorite woods, open up your mind’s eye and breathe in the atmosphere that resides among the trees; let what it tells you be your guide in creating an image that tells the story of these woods.
And now for a bit of mood setting…
The idea of Pan has always been a bit sinister to me, as you know that he can be the trickster of your demise. Finding Pan in these woods, cross-lit to great contrast, was somewhat unsettling, but also irresistible. What deal will you make with him for safe passage?
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)!!
My curiosity is already kindled by what lays ahead in this week’s creative minds!
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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79 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Woods”
Hi Frank, thank you for a lovely challenge! We have been on some beautiful forest walks lately and I am linking a haibun I posted on Saturday: https://whippetwisdom.com/2017/07/22/haibun-beyond-the-gate/
Reblogged this on All About Writing and more.
You are welcome!
I’m hoping the forecast for the weekend — it’s supposed to rain all week and Saturday — is wrong and that I can find opportunity to photograph in the woods. It’s been a while.
The woods will welcome you back! Let’s hope for great weather.
For some reason I’m feeling romantic!
Love what you did with this one!
Thanks Frank (I confess to looking Pan up so that I didn’t get it completely wrong!)
He is well-known for causing pandemonium 🙂 Punny, but true.
Here is my take on this week’s challenge.
Hm. I don’t think Pan’s music is one I’d like to listen to. 🙂
Your prompt is so perfect for us as we have been traipsing around nearby state parks lately. Here is my first entry (for this blog at least) – https://mywordwall.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/through-the-woods-into-the-river/
Thank you! Love your post,
Welcome and thanks. 🙂
hi frank great theme this week and interesting picture, here is my contribution for this week challenge http://wp.me/p2AvI7-2rS.
When I took this photographs during one of my weekend hikes a few weeks back,I knew there was as story there to be told. Thanks for giving me the opportunity.
Here is a short link to my post : http://wp.me/p73yZZ-3w6
Love your post and poem! Who could have imagined that the paths merged to produce this opportunity!
My patience paid off.
Hi Frank, I have added a second, wordless, contribution here: https://whippetwisdom.com/2017/07/26/wordless-wednesday-in-the-forest/
Love your Pan!
Thank you! He’s a bit of a devil 🙂
Here a place just a short walk from pan -https://edtphotoblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/26/walking-from-pan/
Hi, Frank, I submitted mine. Did you receive my post? I can do it one more time!
I got it the second time 🙂
Thank you, Frank! I have problem with another host, I though problem is on my side. Glad you got it!
I hope it goes through this time!
Finally, I pulled through this one. Check it out. 🙂
Love this post! Thank you, Stella!
My pleasure! 🙂
Hi Frank, a walk through the woods along the Battle Road Trail where the American Revolution began
Great post, Dawn. I agree that it’s a wonderful location.
great post. the strong contrast gives him such a threatening air.
Thank you very much! Love those Blue Mountains! They look amazing.
Just heard about this blog and your challenge from Cee Neuner (ceenphotography.com). Thanks to a recent a trip into the woods at Poinsett State Park in Sumter County, SC, I have a contribution.
Wonderful post and great photography! Great to have you joining in on the fun!
Thank you so much! Just spent a few minutes on your website. Your landscapes are absolutely stunning. And that scarlet spirit in the library is spot on!
Here’s another entry from me. This time, we go to Bangor, Maine – https://alipatoblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/28/into-the-bangor-city-forest/
A fantastic picture! Check out https://travel387.wordpress.com/2017/07/28/woody-mood/
Great prompt, Frank! Thank you. 🙂 Just contributed. Have a beautiful weekend. Love, Debbie
This is a march photo, sorry I’m late!