Welcome to week 157 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! Yes, this post means that this challenge has been running for 3 years now! Thanks to all the amazing support from the blogosphere!!
Of course, you blew me away with the response to last week’s theme, which I thought might have had special meaning to many of us. This week, I want to make the theme about the most important thing that I can think of in our endeavors here and in many other aspects of life: Connections! Making connections with one another and learning more about the world and the great people, with whom we share it.
Your challenge is to capture any type of connections that you would like to share, as they come in many guises and at many levels. This is a great opportunity to let your creative energies flow freely and see where they take you. I can hardly wait to see what connections you will feature in your posts!!
Here’s a literal set of connections…
These wonderful, bright yellow flowers are all connected to their supporting branches, striving to reach every bit of light that they can! This image comes from a visit to the Botanic Garden of the Technical University in Delft, Netherlands. This is a wonderful place to explore and enjoy the beauty of Nature, reconnecting to all that is special…
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)!!
Let’s all make new connections and enjoy 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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104 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Connections”
This “connected” nicely with Cee’s challenge of bridges this week.
Two birds with one post! 🙂
I love the bright yellow flowers! Very cheery, and a great example for the prompt. I didn’t want to let you down, so, I took a spin on the word, yet again. Happy Tuesday to you! Thank you for all you do to help us bloggers stay connected. Your challenges are so fun to participate in.
Love the connection that you built into your post!
I’m putting the link here, as I didn’t see it make the connection (ironic):
Thank you, I appreciate you doing that. I was wondering what happened to the pingback!
Not sure, but other ones were coming through. The link in your post was correct, so that wasn’t it…
Hmm…it’s one of those WP things, I guess. Thank you again for sharing the link!
Nice bright yellow photo. You want connections?
Will a https://anotherglobaleater.wordpress.com/2019/03/29/cuddle/ do?
Connections of a different type. http://anitashope.com/2019/04/23/connections-so-many-types/
A wonderful concept and an equally beautiful picture!
Here is my take on this week’s topic :
Have a nice day everyone!
Congratulations with three years of hosting this wonderful photo challenge Frank and thank you for all that you do here! I love the yellow flowers in your image and I’ve never visited the Botanical Gardens at Delft – something for the wish-list! My first contribution for this lovely challenge is here, everything in nature feels connected to me: https://whippetwisdom.com/2019/04/23/haibun-natures-spirit/
Thank you, Xenia!
It’s a lot of fun doing this thanks to all the great contributors, such as you. Love the light on your photos in this post; it’s awesome to catch that!
Thank you Frank, the light was so beautiful it felt as if we were walking in a fairy tale! 🙂🌲🧚♀️
photos of goslings for your prompt (plus a connections nightmare as an aside)
Those are just lovely!!
Hope to get some new ones this year Frank.
Love the vibrant yellow flowers! Here’s my connection – https://myheart2heart.blog/2019/04/23/the-ultimate-connection/
Thank you! Wonderful post!
Thank you 😊
It has been a while that I contributed to your Tuesday Photo Challenge:http://www.ostendnomadography.com/spring-blossoms/ Gr Stef
Great to have you back, Stef! Awesome post!
Love the brightness of your flowers Frank 🙂
Thank you, Brian. Really enjoyed your post, especially the train of caterpillars!!
Actually they are called Procession Caterpillars which is very apt as they move about like that
What beautiful connections you have given us Frank.And a perfect theme for your 3 year anniversary.
I have gone with a connection to the past: https://travelwithintent.com/2019/04/24/connections-with-the-past-lory-berwick-upon-tweed/
Thank you, Debbie! I love those comparisons between then and now; great to see that look preserved!
Love your floral connections, Frank!
Here is mine: https://outofmywritemind.com/2019/04/24/connected/
Sandy, that is simply fantastic!!
Thank you kind sir!
Hello again Frank, our second contribution for this lovely challenge is here: https://tranature.com/2019/04/24/haiku-spirit-of-love/
Such profound connections!
Thank you Frank! 🙂
Lovely yellows, Frank – and here’s my story https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2019/04/25/tuesday-photo-challenge-connections/
Hi Ann-Christine, just love your post! What a great way to reconnect!
😀 We had a great time meeting again!
I just posted my contribution,
I love your floral connection. My pingbacks haven’t been working, so here is my contribution this week!
So much is connected in nature!
Love the creativity in this post!
Here is my contribution for more connections
in case the pingback does not work. Nice weekend!
My entry: https://islandinthenet.com/connections/
Hi Frank, I adore your photo this week. Lots of connections.
I stayed “boring” and used wires, wire poles, USB hub, etc. Hope you enjoy!
you caught some interesting connections, Cee!
I also have some connections here 🙂
Great connections, Len!
Thank you 🙂
I like what you chose for your photo to go with this week’s challenge Frank. I went with a more literal interpretation: https://wp.me/p2owKx-19J
Another fantastic post!
Bitter sweet memories of connection. https://odaciuk.wordpress.com/2019/04/27/connection/
Am super late on this one, having just returned from a 3 week work travel, but I thought I’d still give it a try anyway — late or not … 🙂
Never too late! Awesome post!
Yay hurray! 🙂
The pingback doesn’t seem to have worked, so here is our entry for connections. https://iballrtw.com/2019/04/27/die-mimik-der-tethys/
I love the theme- it got me on a real trip down memory lane… life’s connections…
Great theme! Here’s my post: https://aliveandtrekking.com/2019/04/29/hello-i-must-be-going/
Love your post! I added it to this week’s round up.
Thank you! Here’s my contribution:
Wonderful connections! Love it!