Tuesday Photo Challenge – Message

Remember to live…

Welcome to Week 86 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

You provided a stunning array of posts with last week’s theme of Build, ranging from building cities and car ports to relationships and Nature’s amazing structures and ourselves! Creative, insightful, and wonderfully personal!

This week, I’d like to give you another opportunity to take the theme into many directions, as it is Message! Your decision is all about whether you want to portray message as a physical entity, a conceptual image or providing a message through your entry. I’m thinking that there will be a lot of wonderful messages put forth this week!

Have fun with your message, and let the world know what you want to share with it!

Sometimes the message comes from the great beyond…

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Memento Mori

Growing up among the classic paintings of the Dutch Golden Age, I always enjoyed the Vanitas paintings; these paintings all had a message to be decoded, from which the viewer could learn. Often, the message was ‘memento mori’, literally translated to ‘remember to die’, which encouraged people to reflect on their mortality. The same message was often used on gravestones from the 17th and 18th century in New England, and I have seen it in other locales as well; I always like to think of it as a reminder to live!

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’m looking forward to seeing what catches your eye 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!

63 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Message”

  1. You’re right – I love this theme! I’m in, Frank. 🙂 And I love what you said, of letting the world know what we want to share with it. And a reminder to live. Blessings to all contributors. Debbie

  2. Wonderful message here Frank. I have a post written for this but I’m waiting on a link to embed so my post will be late. No need to include it in the round up, but I’ll still send it to you, if you like.

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