Welcome to week 142 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.
After all the hard work, I’m back at my day job and spending a week of planning with my team and the development group for the next product release. It’s a gentler kind of work than the rough construction efforts that filled my break time 🙂 That led me to this week’s theme of Gentle!
There are many times when a gentle touch works better than a sledgehammer, or when a gentle breeze is welcomed to relieve us from the heat. Accept this challenge and unleash your gentle current of creative flux to come up with some apt images and posts! I am curious to see what you will create this week!
Here’s a rather gentle creature…
This beautiful Giant Swallowtail was one of the gorgeous creatures that I found at a butterfly display; at this location, they breed the various species of butterfly and, if you sit very still, the butterflies will land on you and sit with you. It’s a magical experience!
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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117 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Gentle”
This is very gentle indeed 🙂
What a beautiful butterfly,Frank. They epitomize gentle. Here’s my take this week
Those are some gentle ducks!
Hi. I am re entering the scene after many days. Hope i am fitting in … https://poetryinpicture.wordpress.com/2019/01/08/organic-gardening/
Great to have you back!
I am honoured ☺
A gentle and exquisite photo Frank. Have a great week
Thank you, Miriam. Enjoy your week!
Oh, what a wonderful topic! And what a wonderful gentle model! 😀
Beautiful picture Frank. My Mum loved butterflies, and we took her to a butterfly farm one year. She was enthralled.
Gentle Maggie! What can I say? Butterflies know who they like, and I’m sure they loved your Mum!
A beautiful image and a lovely challenge Frank, my first contribution is here: https://tranature.com/2019/01/08/tuesday-photo-challenge-gentle/
Wonderful, gentle moss! Great post!
Thank you Frank! 🙂🌿
What a gorgeous picture! A real inspiration! ❤
Thank you very much, Penny!
Another awesome post!
Hello again Frank, Eivor and Pearl’s contribution is here: https://whippetwisdom.com/2019/01/08/haiku-winter-dawn/
What a beautiful capture.
A gentle breeze works well 🙂
Here is my entry for the week. 😀
Lovely, gentle creatures!
Here’s my ‘gentle’ contribution … tongue in cheek for what my friend’s pooch likely did … 😉
Love that post!
🙂 So glad you liked it! 🙂
Beautiful butterfly, wonderful shot.
Thank you kindly!
Wonderful gentle friends!
Frank, that is a gorgeous photo of a butterfly’s gentle pose. Here is my take on the prompt. https://www.quaintrevival.com/how-to-get-motivated-to-fit-into-your-swimsuit-for-spring-break/
Wonderful approach to this theme!
Swallowtails are so graceful in flight and beautiful. Here’s a courting pair
with a gentle touch: https://outofmywritemind.com/2019/01/09/a-gentle-touch/
Those are a lovely photo and poem!
Thank you, Frank. I’m glad you enjoyed it!
Hi Frank. Hope you saw my late entry for “Floor”. This one is definitely on time. Ha ha! https://odaciuk.wordpress.com/2019/01/09/gentle-memories/
Awesome post, Olga!
Thanks, Frank. ❤
A gentle beauty! Here are my gentle winter friends https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2019/01/09/tuesday-photo-challenge-gentle/
Lovely photography of those gentle friends!
Thank you kindly!
Great capture of a gentle beauty.
Here is my gentle post: https://travelwithintent.com/2019/01/10/gentle-light-of-golden-hour/
Fantastic post, Debbie!
Wonderful butterfly Frank 🙂
Thank you, Brian!
Pretty pic! Here’s mine – https://myheart2heart.blog/2019/01/10/my-attitude-depends-on-you/
A very gentle soul!
Thank you 😊
Hello Frank, what a gorgeous butterfly. First time for me but I have been eyeing off your challenges for a while now. Regards. Tracy.
Thank you, Tracy. Wonderful post that you contributed!
Thank you, Frank. I appreciate the comment. I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful photos. All the best. Tracy.
My response for this week’s challenge is :
Lovely, gentle flowers!
hi frank, wonderful and interesting shooting for the week theme, here is my post for this challenge theme, https://wp.me/p2AvI7-2Zo.
Thank you, Robert! Great photo!
That butterfly shot is exquisite!
That’s a wonderful post!
Here’s my contribution to your gorgeous photo, Frank. https://pennywilsonwrites.com/2019/01/10/gentle-tuesday-photo-prompt/
Wonderful poem, Penny!
Such an amazing picture of the beautiful butterfly! Wow!!
Thank you very much, Anita!
what a beautiful butterfly!
Very beautiful butterfly. Good shot. My entry- https://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2019/01/11/tuesday-photo-challenge-gentle/
Thank you! A lovely post for this theme!
Cold, but makes for great photography!
I also went with a nature image in response to this challenge:https://wp.me/p2owKx-145
That butterfly is beautiful, nice that it held still for you.
Thank you! Your post is lovely!
Thank you very much.
What a gorgeous picture! Added a few pics of someone who defines the word gentle for me. Hope you like it.
Awesome post, Sonia!