Welcome to Week 95 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge. Thanks to all of you wonderful participants for a fun week of entries for the theme of Decay!
For this week, I thought I’d go in a bit of a different direction, and also use a more recent photo for my inspiration. When I was in Ireland for work, I didn’t get much of a chance to wander about for some photography, but that didn’t mean that opportunity did not present itself. As I was standing in line at the cafeteria, I observed a pair of peacocks sitting in a tree. That’s what brought me to this week’s theme of Exotic.
Peacocks may be all over the world, but to me they still look exotic, particularly in a castle in Ireland! If you’re up for it, share something exotic in your neck of the woods, or from an exotic locale! I’m very much looking forward to your views of what is exotic.
Here are those peacocks…
Malahide Castle is a lovely location to have meetings, particularly when I get to enjoy fantastic food in the cafeteria (it is a great place to eat!) and views, such as this!
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)!!
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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78 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Exotic”
Love your peacocks, just gorgeous!
Thank you! They were so surprising to see them there 🙂
Great job with wonderful day today ☀ shining bright
Hi Frank, a different colour ball is quite exotic in our world: https://whippetwisdom.com/2018/02/06/haiku-the-yellow-ball/
And it is fantastic!
Thank you Frank! :o)
More eotics to match your peacocks! https://judydykstrabrown.com/2017/08/13/dont-pick-the-daisies/
There are some great birds among them!
Oops.. sorry. Exotics!!!
Hi Frank. Great photo.
Thank you! Wonderful post!
I love peacocks.
But I have to be satisfied with the flight of the seagulls.
Here is my entry : https://wp.me/p73yZZ-3Wc
Beautiful area! Looks warm and inviting. (It’s cold and snowy here 🙂 )
I was there for three days in December, 2017. Dec 20, the fog near the river bank was so thick that you could cut it with a knife. We were lucky that we were flying out that day and accordingly planned our morning boat ride on the river the day before. Got some beautiful photos that I am planning t include in my travel post. I am just being lazy to get it all together.
hi frank great theme for this week challenge and what a wonderful picture, here is my contribution for this week theme, https://wp.me/p2AvI7-2GZ.
Thank you, Robert! Love your photos, as they are stunning.
I love peacock, Frank, your peacocks are gorgeous. I had a chance to see peacocks close up also and had photos taken with a peacock. But I’ll think of something else for this post.
Thank you, Miriam. They are fantastic birds!
Yes, Frank, they are!
Hmmm…. Frank, I’m not sure about contributing to this one. Great focus for the week though! Let’s see how it goes. I love the energy and creativity of the contributions so far. 🙂 Many blessings to you and your wife, Frank. Have a great week — Debbie
Ha Debbie, I can see a path for you on this one very clearly! There are numerous exotic aspects inherent to forgiveness, which may have become common place to you, but certainly not to many people!
Have a wonderful week,
Hmm… wow well that got me opening my perspective. Thank you Frank – I’ll ask for creative inspiration on this one. 🙂 I so want to ask you what path you see. Maybe it’s for me to work out. Ah, the discovery of self-expression!!! Blessings, Debbie
Hi Frank, this is what I came up with. Thank you for the theme!
They walk like Egyptians! Great entry, Miriam!
Thank you, Frank. I try to find them, but they don’t show up by the lake anymore!!
Lovely Peacocks! Great images:)! My entry: http://www.ostendnomadography.com/tuesday-photo-challenge-exotic/
Thank you! Wonderful exotic locale!
What wonderfully exotic birds Frank. I’ll have a different sort of exotic for you this week. Cheers
WOW SO TRUE THEY ARE PRETTY EXOTIC and i wish that i could live in hawwii
they are so beatiful
birds so exotic
They definitely are 🙂
if i had one i would love it foever
Oh I so adore peacocks and your photo shows their feathers off nicely.
Here is my entry for this week
Thank you, Cee! Your flower photos are absolutely gorgeous!
oh really me too
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im writing about vikings
Yes peacocks are quite exotic.
I am being rather bland this challenge
An interesting version of bland…Exotic miniature horses are not very common place 🙂
Thank you Frank. Not my usual contribution 🙂
I so much love your photos
Thank you kindly!
Such gorgeous birds! This sounds like an amazing and fun challenge. Cant wait to see your future posts!
Thank you kindly!