Welcome to Week 78 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.
It definitely took me hours to appreciate all of your wonderful entries for last week’s challenge. The round up for those entries will appear a bit later today, as I am still catching up from my wonderful weekend guitar retreat (a post about that later in the week!)
This week is inspired by another walk along the beach; this one was during a recent, very snowy Winter, when I joined a group of intrepid (and hardy) photographers, as we went exploring various beaches on the last day of January. There was lots of snow on those beaches, which was phenomenal, but I also captured this week’s theme: Sand!
Now, I know that your creative minds are jumping all over this right away! And you say, quite rightly, that Sand can also be a verb… Yes, it’s not just a pretty fun material for beaches, so take this one in the direction of your choosing and have some fun with it!!
Here’s the view of that sand…
What drew me into this faux dune landscape were the ridges that had been carved into the sand, next to the glacial water; you know that it was cold, as salt water freezes at a lower temperature. Peering over a ridge, this gave me the sense of looking across a desert landscape at the edge of an ice ocean.
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’m looking forward to seeing what you find in your sandbox, belt-sander or hourglass…
Also, an appropriate image for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme of Scale.
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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82 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Sand”
Wow! This will be a challenge for me. Nearest sand is a 90 minute drive to the beach and my work schedule this week means I get home in the dark. No beach trips. This weekend is the craft beer festival. And I don’t do any carpentry. I could use some creative ideas. Anyone?
You could have an egg-timer that uses sand. Or a sandbox, or… There may be other opportunities 🙂
Patents don’t like sandboxes because they’re full of germs. All those grimy snotty little digits. I’ll be sure to photograph when no kids are present. Don’t want to be that creepy guy taking photos of the kids.
What sort of interesting photo could you take of an egg timer?
Actually only living 300 m from a beach at Luz / Algarve till tomorrow – so may be I find something of interest in this regard?!
Sounds like there may be an opportunity or two 🙂
Truly remarkable snap this is, Frank. Very lovely!
Thank you, Hammad!
Sorry I am not able to create ping back so giving my link.
Works just as well! Thank you!
Thank You, in fact.
I love the layers in your photo Frank
Here is my things of Sand
Thank you! Great patterns in the sand!
Thank you Frank.
Hi Frank, Here is my entry for this week. Thanks for making me dig into my archives. 🙂
Wonderful entry, Stella!
Thank you. 🙂
Secrets of golden glitter
I love your photograph Frank, it is so beautiful! We are lucky that we live a few minute’s walk from the nearest beach and the sand bars at low tide are the perfect whippet playground :o) My contribution is here: https://whippetwisdom.com/2017/10/10/tan-renga-into-the-sea/
Thank you, Xenia! It’s great to see both of them playing like that on the beach!
Thank you Frank! ☺💨
Oh, that’s hard …
so my husband had to get two handfuls of sand out of the garden …;)
Very well done! Great shot!
For this week, rays flying in a sandy pool
Thank you for the prompt, Frank!
have a great day, Frank 🙂
Having trouble with my ping backs…here’s the link to mine just in case
Hi Sarah, thank you! The pingback worked; it’s just an issue that I have never figured out how to automatically allow pingbacks to these posts. Even though it is turned on, I still get approval requests.
hi frank, sand great image for the theme, here is my entry for challenge, http://wp.me/p2AvI7-2w4.
Thank you, Robert! Great photo in your post!
Hi Frank! I’m back from my vacation in Portugal and Spain. Sounds like you went on a retreat yourself – I hope you had a wonderful time (a guitar retreat sounds fantastic). I’ll do my best with this week’s post…. I definitely appreciate the ideas from the comments. Sand and forgiveness, hmmm… ❤
Blessings to you – hope you & your wife are doing great. Debbie
Sounds like you had a wonderful vacation! Spain and Portugal are still on my list to visit.
Its amazing to find such intricate detail of sand. A great shot! Take a look at some of the sands of our planet at https://travel387.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/sandy-terrains/
Also, find some pedestrian sands at https://travel387.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/pedestrian/
Hi Frank, here is my sandy contribution collected some days ago at a mythical place of the Algarve with some background information on it which may be useful or not.
Beautiful images! Love that beach!
Hello Frank, here is my second contribution with sand, in part inspired by your beautiful photograph: https://whippetwisdom.com/2017/10/12/haibun-shifting-sands/
Another awesome post, Xenia!
Thank you Frank! ☺
Whoops, forgot to change the title, but my photo is of sand!!
LOL…it is definitely sand!
A fun theme for the week.
Here is my sandy contribution: https://travelwithintent.com/2017/10/13/sandy-pilgrimage/
I did it Frank – yay! 🙂 Used your inspiration on “sands of time”, thanks for that. Also, my partner’s last name is Sand, and I included a photo of him (though I didn’t take that one). Love to you Frank. Hope you and your wife have a great weekend. Happy Forgiving Fridays! Debbie
Wonderful post, Debbie! You have given me additional inspiration!
I’m so glad, Frank! 🙂 You inspire me too.