Welcome to week 194 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!
As this is the first Tuesday Photo Challenge in the new year, I went looking for ideas that might be appropriate for this auspicious occasion. Going from the old to the new reminded me of passing from one room into the next, which led me to the theme of Portal. Of course, there are many types of portals to be found around the world, which makes me look forward to discover which among them will appear in your posts.
Your challenge is to share some portal that might be representative of the great adventure that lies ahead. Unleash your creative eye and let your mind open the portal… Most of all, have fun!!
This mystical portal might lead to the other side…
This shot is from an exploration of an old mill in nearby Hardwick, MA. In capturing this, I wanted to create just enough fuzziness in the door that it makes us wonder, where it might lead…
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)!!
Look around, find a portal and take us to the other side!
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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78 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Portal”
I like your door of mystery Frank 🙂
Thank you, Brian!
Beautiful… you can image a mystical, magical garden beyond that door.
That door of yours surely promises nothing less of a magical mystery tour behind it.
Here’s my ‘portal’: https://studiotionghan.com/2020/01/07/moroccan-portal-tuesday-photo-challenge/
PS sorry for the absence the last couple of weeks.
Your portal is filled with amazing perspective and invites exploration! Great shot!
I thought of going with Harry Potter again…
Awesome portal to the other side!
I love the mysterious look of this portal Frank! Our contribution for this week’s lovely challenge is here: https://whippetwisdom.com/2020/01/07/haibun-beginnings/
Thank you, Xenia! Your portal is truly magical!
Thank you Frank!
Beautiful decay! Wooden doors age well, as far as a photographer is concerned.
I had the fortune to see a five century old site with lovely doors: https://anotherglobaleater.wordpress.com/2019/12/19/the-emperors-tomb/
Fantastic site and amazing doors!
And may portals let us look back, too. So we not repeat what should not be …
Frank, interesting subject again. This shows how beautiful decay can be in the right eye. If I only knew why my plingback doesn’t work for me. Now I see here above that it has landed properly this week.
Woods today Frank.
A great start of the new year – a portal to……..the future?
Here’s my offering https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/2020/01/07/tuesday-photo-challenge-portal/
Great theme for the New Year!
Happy start of the new year Frank, and wonderful challenge. Here is my entry for this week https://travel-with-tech.blog/2020/01/08/streetart-portal/
Here’s my take this week. A portal underground…https://dailymusing57.com/2020/01/07/tuesday-photo-challengeportal/
Happy new year Frank from one portal in Australia to yours 🙏
Here’s my contribution to the challenge:
hi frank a wonderful picture what you show us here I like it very much, here is my contribution for this week,https://wp.me/p2AvI7-3mZ.
What a great topic for this challenge! My response is knowledge as a portal:https://wp.me/p2owKx-1q2
Cool shot, Frank 👏 Here’s mine: https://jezbraithwaite.blog/2020/01/10/going-up-tuesday-photo-challenge-portal/
Thanks, Frank 😊
Happy New Year, Frank. I decided to create my own portal. https://odaciuk.wordpress.com/2020/01/10/unlikely-portal/
Happy New Year Frank https://queennandini.wordpress.com/2020/01/07/tuesday-photo-challenge-portal/
Hello again Frank, we have a reflected portal here as our second contribution for this lovely challenge: https://tranature.com/2020/01/12/haiku-heavenly-portal/