Welcome to Week 122 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! All those great posts, each one in a Row after the other, were a delight to read and view!
Quite often I spend time looking at a variety of images to decide on the theme for the week. This time, the theme came to me right away, as this playful image guided me to Toys! I think that our human condition puts a premium on play and inventiveness, of which toys are a perfect expression! Of course, there are lots of different toys, many of which can be found in the most unusual locales! One of my favorites is the spindle of adhesive tape dispensers, which makes a fantastic top 🙂
For this week’s challenge, share some of your favorite toys, whether they are found in everyday objects or true expressions of a creative mind. I’m looking forward to seeing what you may share in these images!
As I’m a bit of a collector, here are some of mine…
These are Jumping Brains, a design from the super creative mind of Emilio Garcia (website), whose art products often sell out within minutes of their release. I’m fortunate enough to have a substantial collection of Emilio’s work, particularly some of his early work. They are displayed with pride in my studio and a lot of fun to look at.
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 winds up filling your posts!
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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96 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Toys”
I love frogs!!!!
They are the best!
Oh, my goodness…I had to do a double take after I read the name of the toys in your picture! Yeah…at first glance I just thought they were frogs! Your collection is fun and very colorful. Here is my entry for the week – thank you for the opportunity to play along! https://www.quaintrevival.com/why-do-we-love-our-toys/
Yes, they are little jumping brains 🙂 Love your post!
🙂 .. another great job for me !!! THANK YOU! ❤
I can see why 🙂
Like the brain collection Frank! At first, I thought they were frogs.
Wonderful sets of toys!!
Thank u for the prompt.. Here is my take..
Thank u jansen
A fun prompt Frank, I love frogs and those jumping brains are fabulous! There is only one toy Eivor and Pearl love chasing and playing with and you can probably guess what it is: https://whippetwisdom.com/2018/08/14/tuesday-photo-challenge-toys/
I guessed it! Love that shot floating through the air!
Thank you Frank! :o)
That is a truly fantastic place! Love your post!
Beautiful pieces. Thanks for introducing me to an artist I didn’t know of.
Thank you Jansen 🙂
Fun fun! Love how you have styled your Jumping Frogs collection!
Thank you! Those Jumping Brains are among my favorites.
That’s a cool set of collection. I love the way you have arranged. My post today might not have a great visual appeal today but it stands for a cause close to my heart. I would love to know what you think of it.
Wonderful entry for this week!
These are well, different, I’ll be honest though, not really sure I like them, not quite sure why they don’t appeal to me.
They are not to everyone’s taste, which is fine 🙂
What cool toys! Once again, I love the prompt. A fun inspiration!
Wonderful post! Love the nostalgia!
Love your cerebral frogs! Here is my entry: https://outofmywritemind.com/2018/08/15/turn-back-the-hands-of-time/
That is a fantastic post!!
Thanks, Frank. As I turn 70 this year, it was fun to look back.
hi frank, a great idea and picture this week, here is my post for this challenge theme,https://wp.me/p2AvI7-2Pw.
Thank you, Robert! Those are fantastic photos!
What a great challenge – and I love your photo. 🙂 I’m going to be missing it this week – will be traveling so my post this Friday is likely to be brief. Have a wonderful week, and I know they are going to be amazing.
Blessings to you and your wife,
Love the brains, Frank. Do any of them actually jump? 🙂
Thank you, Marie; the only jump when you blink 🙂
here are my Toys
Wow! Those are some truly classic toys!
Thanks Frank I love the older toys
These little jumping brains are certainly a wonderful treat for not only sore eyes but tired minds as well 🙂
Our traveling toys!
Great post! Awesome to see Mommydaddybaby in front of Malahide Castle, as I had meetings there earlier this year.
Impressive that you recognized it!
Nice theme, and although I’m not too much into toys – my only one is the camera 😉 I did take some during my travels… I made a post Tuesday but probably the pingback didn’t get through, so I’m inserting it manually:
Toys ins the world – http://www.travelways.com/toys-in-the-world
Thanks for looking 🙂
That’s a really fun post!
Hi Frank. I was almost stumped by this one. No new toys to photograph, other than a beanie baby collection my daughter saved in our move. I decided to go with beach toy photos that I almost forgot I had. https://odaciuk.wordpress.com/2018/08/17/beach-fun/
Olga, glad to hear that I didn’t stump you! Great post!
Thank-you, Frank. 🙂
That’s a cool collection of frogs. I’ve never seen jumping brains before. It’s fun to look more closely at the texture and then realize that it’s a brain.
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed them.
Just a heads up, I sent a pingback from Cactus Haiku but it’s not showing. So I put the url in a comment and it’s not showing either although the other comment I posted later is showing. You might check to see if my pingback or url comment went into the spam folder. It’s a dog haiku with my photo of a dog with his toy.
Thank you for letting me know. It had gone to spam and should be visible now
Thank you for checking the spam. I do the Saturday prompt for Ragtag Community and I’ve noticed people with legitimate posts randomly get put in the spam folder. Don’t know why though.
I can’t figure out how spam is determined in some cases, although there’s plenty of true spam that is being filtered out, so I won’t complain too much 🙂
I don’t know either about how spam is determined. On ragtag, i’ve noticed that certain people end up more often in spam but there’s nothing wrong with their pingback or comment. I can’t really figure it out. I think people who are selfhosted wordpress rather than on wordpress.com end up in the spam folder. Haven’t noticed it happening to the wordpress.com hosted folks. So I just make it a habit to check the folder. On my own blog, 98% is spam. On Ragtag, only 10% is spam but 90% is good pingbacks in their spam folder unless other editors are catching the bulk of the spam (there are 7 of us monitoring things as we each have a day to give a prompt and a lot of them check things a lot more often then I do) and I just happen to be the one catching the nonspam comments since I check things late in the day being in a later timezone.