Welcome to Week 129 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!
The idea for this week’s theme came from the fact that Monday saw a Birthday in our household: Stuff, our youngest Cardigan Welsh Corgi, is now one year old! We are amazed that he made it this far, as he is a mischievous, crazy little boy with no sense of self-preservation; he does things just to test our patience, and jumps of the armrest of the couch, as if he can fly!
Take any creative license that you wish with this week’s theme, as Birthday can refer to any creation, be they Nature or Human made. So, unleash your creative minds, lenses and pens, and share what you come up with for the theme, and, most imortant, have some fun!
I’m filled with anticipation of what you might produce!!
Here’s that little boy, when he was 9-1/2 weeks old…
As it was getting pretty cold outside, and he was just a little body, we got him this cute little jacket, so he’d stay warm long enough to do his business outside. It looked pretty fashionable!
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 definitely looking forward to finding out what supersized items appear this week!
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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98 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Birthday”
Will you publish his one-year-old birthday photo when you do the round-up post? Please?
If I can get the demon dog to sit still for a second 🙂 I will try to get him!
He is a cutie, and so alert! I second the motion of posting his one year old pic for Stuff’s birthday.
Stuff fools everyone! I’ll try! 🙂
Happy birthday sweet Stuff,you look so cosy in your first jacket and of course we believe you can fly! 😀🐾🐾
It’s just the landings that scare me 🙂
Aww…looks cool in red! Happy birthday Stuff ❤ Here’s my take on birthday – https://heartoheart2017.wordpress.com/2018/10/09/down-the-memory-lane/
Love your post! That is an amazing cake!
Thanks a ton 😃
That’s an awesome post!!
Stuff is such a cutie. Lovely photo. Happy birthday sweetheart.
Here’s my offering Frank.
I simply love the story of your mum’s 80th birthday! Smuggling the cake must have been an adventure 🙂
It was quite funny as we always used to use the back door, so had to wait for Mum to be upstairs or in the loo so that we could bring it in.
oh, and I third the request for a first birthday photo.
Hahaha! The pressure is on me 🙂
Very nice challenge!
That’s a truly wonderful birthday!
Another surprise party!
Wonderful surprise and very cool cake!!
Wonderful post! Love the atmosphere with the dense fog!
I’m sure we’ll see him here when he is one, and two, and three…
I decided to go with a place we saw first on my wife’s birthday, and where we went back for mine.
Hi Frank, the cygnets are five months old, it is kind of a birthday: https://tranature.com/2018/10/09/haiku-celebration/
I think that they should have a birthday party! Love the post!
Thank you Frank! 🙂🎉
My funny side of happy birthday
Ooooh, such a cutie! Happy birthday, Stuff!
Stuff is a cutie, but I see the mischief in his eyes!
Here is my birthday celebration: https://outofmywritemind.com/2018/10/10/make-mine-vanilla/
Your photo brought a smile to my face! Such a gathering!
Yes, Stuff is a little devil, who will melt your heart with his love 🙂
Glad you enjoyed it! Yes, dogs are experts at melting hearts.
Hello again Frank, we have a very special birthday today: https://whippetwisdom.com/2018/10/10/our-book-is-here/
That is just awesome!! I ordered my copy!
Thank you so much Frank and you will see your name in the ‘Acknowledgements’ at the back of the book as a thank you for hosting all these beautiful challenges 🙂🐾🐾
WOW!!! Thank you so much!!
My pleasure Frank! 🙂🙋♀️🐕
Such a fun theme! Sweet photo of your pup 🙂
Those are some classic birthday party photos!!
My goodness, Stuff is so cute! My heart melted. Thank you so much for sharing. You and Stuff brightened my day.
Glad to hear that, Khürt! He causes me to smile on a daily basis.
Aww.. Adorable! Happy birthday sweet Stuff!❤
Greetings! Here is my entry: https://roamingurbangypsy.com/2018/10/10/tuesday-photo-challenge-birthday/
WOW!! That is just fantastic!!
What a delicious prompt! 🙂
Here’s my entry …
That’s a wonderful birthday minion!
I know!!! My fantastically talented niece made this!
What a perfect little dog! Or at least he appears that way in the picture ;
Here’s my take on birthdays while traveling: http://touringwithkids.com/2018/10/10/almost-wordless-wednesday-birthday/
Love those birthdays! Yes, Stuff appears so sweet 🙂
Oh, my gosh, so adorable! I love that photo!! I’m belated in my reply for the week – hope it’s not too late?! https://www.quaintrevival.com/my-father-in-law-is-the-smartest-man/
Never too late! Stuff? Cute? More likely a little demon dog 🙂
Love your post!!!
Great, thank you! LOL – yeah, pups can be a tad demonic, thankfully, they do mellow over the years! Enjoy the energy of the younger years!
Adorable little cutie! Great capture!
What a beautiful fellow! Doesn´t look like a demon to me, but I believe you when you say he acts like one hahahaha 😀
Thank you! Yes, he knows how to be cute!
For the 250th birthday of St. Louis Missouri, there was a celebration with cake and art https://wp.me/p2owKx-12K
I loom forward to seeing the birthday photo of this cute fellow.
I went fictional, but cute nonetheless: https://travelwithintent.com/2018/10/13/happy-60th-birthday-to-paddington/
I just love Paddington!! Great post!!
Happy belated birthday to Mr Stuff. He looks positively mischievous and adorable 😊💕🐶
A wonderful post, Susan! That makes for such an amazing connection!!
i just love the post