A challenge to challenge you!
Welcome to Week 138 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!
The holiday season is more than a time of celebration for many; however, for some among us, it can be a difficult time. This thought led me to the theme for this week’s challenge: Challenge. My hope is that this theme will provide you with an interesting Challenge that stretches your creative muscle and gives you a break from the season’s demands to be playful, even whimsical! Please take this theme in whatever direction, with which you feel most connected.
Of course, I expect nothing but amazing posts from all of you, but most of all, I challenge you to find joy and entertainment in this Challenge! I very much look forward to seeing what you create!
Here’s an interpretation to get you going…
This shot was taken atop the north tower of St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria. The north tower is the shorter of the two towers, standing only 68 meters tall (the south tower is 135 meters tall). With this lock, two lovers made a pact destined to challenge time itself; let’s wish them success!
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)!!
Have a wonderful 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 – Challenge”
A “challenging” fashion faux pas from me this week…
P.s love the theme 👍🏻
Very cool! 🙂
I have read and heard of this place in the picture. It’s beautiful.
Frank – that’s a clever photo opportunity. I’m impressed you remembered you had the photo and that you thought to bring it back out for a challenge for us! Nice job!! Here’s my take for the week https://www.quaintrevival.com/cat-decoy-toys-must-haves-to-save-your-tree-from-destruction/
Wonderful cat decoy 🙂
Sometimes I think towers and bridges will collapse under the weight of these locks. The number of lovers is also a challenge to towers.
Very true! 🙂
A wonderful challenge Frank and thank you so much for your lovely review on Amazon! With Eivor and Pearl my greatest challenge is to capture them when they’re leaping about: https://whippetwisdom.com/2018/12/11/haibun-feeling-is-believing/
Thank you, Xenia! It’s my pleasure as I enjoy your book. Lovely post!
Thank you Frank! 🙂🐾🐾
Life is full of challenges. https://lifeamazing.net/2018/12/11/challenges/
Wonderful photograph with the big “X” and lock in the foreground and the cityscape in the background! Great idea for a challenge theme too 🙂
Thank you, Tatiana!
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I’m not sure why my ping-back and comment with the contribution didn’t get through, but I’m trying again:
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*Sorry for the duplicate in case the comment will appear later
I was looking for something else for this challenge and came upon this.
Certainly challenging 🙂
Well then … I think I’m up for the challenge … 😉
(Just not exactly the kind of one depicted in my contribution….!)
Ooops, this must’a been too challenging (see above) because I forgot to add the link! 😉
A very interesting challenge! The climb must be worth it.
I donnow … my niece’s heart was in her throat the whole time her hubby was climbing outta that thing! 🙂
I can imagine 🙂
What a wonderful idea, and image, for this week’s theme Frank. Have a great week.
Thank you, Miriam!
Hi Frank. Just love your photo. I decided to reflect on the challenge of finding my way back to enjoying creative endeavors. https://odaciuk.wordpress.com/2018/12/11/creative-steps/
Wonderful post, Olga!
Thank-you, Frank. It was a journey in reflection. 🙂
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I’m not sure what the problem is but I tried 3 times to post my contribution here and I couldn’t. The ping-back doesn’t go through either…
Not sure what is happening, as other pingbacks are showing up.
I know… Maybe my comments with the link went to spam somehow???
Some of them did end up in spam…sorry about that
It may have been something on my end… who knows? All is well when it ends well 🙂
Great photo Frank!
For me it was definitely a challenging day.
Indeed it was!
Hello again Frank, here is a black-headed gull facing a small challenge with his balance: https://tranature.com/2018/12/12/wordless-wednesday-watching-the-pond/
Lovely post, Xenia!
Thank you Frank! 🙂
Love the love-lock! Here’s my challenge – https://myheart2heart.blog/2018/12/12/the-struggle-is-real/
Thank you; I can empathize with the struggle!
more boating photos Frank
My kind of challenge!
hi frank, again a great theme idea here is my contribution for this week, https://wp.me/p2AvI7-2Yf.
Thank you, Robert! Awesome post!
Here’s my challenge for the challenge Frank! https://dailymusing57.com/2018/12/12/tuesday-photo-challenge-challenge/
Yes, those are challenges!
my entry: http://www.ostendnomadography.com/the-waterford-greenway/
Interesting tradition in Austria. I wonder if the lock owners ever return to see if it is still there!
My contribution: http://oneletterup.com/2018/12/14/tuesday-photo-challenge-challenge
Love your post! That is @%#!! hilarious!! I suspect that the local authorities remove locks on a regular basis; there’s a bridge in Paris that was in danger of collapsing from all the locks attached to it.
Thank you! Glad you @%#! liked it!! 🙂
(wow that’s a lot of locks!!)
Good for every one in online
Such a unique concept.Back after a while. NaNoWriMo had kept me occupied in November. I am doing a recap series of 2018 and it is a coincidence that my moments from April fitted in with the theme of TPC this week. Hope you like it.
Welcome back! I really like your post!
Love the challenge 🙂
Seen the same thing in a number of citys on railings along bridges, but never in a tower.
My biggest challenge yet martillestake.wordpress.com/day-to-day/