Construct: Thursday Photo Challenge

Welcome! Come and join the Thursday Photo Challenge (FPC), a weekly photography challenge for everyone who likes to take photos!

This week’s theme is construct. You could interpret it as construction (to construct), constructive, or get all metaphysical with “time is a construct” or similar. It’s entirely down to you how you interpret the challenge!

My photo is of construction in Dubai, because I found it fascinating to watch people create huge structures in the desert.

It’s often said that pregnant women dream of skyscrapers being built and that it’s their subconscious telling them they are making new life. I never had any dreams like that. Maybe my body knew I was extremely aware of how pregnant I was. Have you had any dreams like that? It sounds really interesting.

Here’s how to take part:

  1. Take a photo or search your files for one that represents the week’s theme.
  2. Write a post, including your photo, any words of explanation or inspiration you wish to share, and a link to this challenge page.
  3. Comment on this post with a link to your page so others can see your contribution.
  4. That’s it! Super easy.

This challenge will stay open for one week, then next Thursday, I will post the next challenge!

Texture: Join the Thursday Photo Challenge!

Welcome! Come and join the Thursday Photo Challenge, a weekly photography challenge for everyone who likes to take photos!

This week’s challenge is texture.

Texture and pattern should function as a surprise.

Robert Denning

My photo is from Istanbul, where the texture of this scene fascinated me. It wasn’t just the water, although that’s intriguing by itself since it’s very obviously standing water, but the surface is choppy like tidal water.

The texture of the stone around the water, and the white egg-like structures in the centre of the feature were also fascinating, and the whole thing contrasts with the trees in the background.

Reflecting on this photo, I wish I had taken it with a higher ISO and faster shutter speed to really get more light and movement into the image. But that would have meant using my Canon Eos instead of my iPhone, which is what this was actually taken with. :0

What can you come up with for this challenge?

Here’s how to take part:

  1. Take a photo or search your files for one that represents the week’s theme.
  2. Write a post, including your photo, any words of explanation or inspiration you wish to share, and a link to this challenge page.
  3. Comment on this post with a link to your page so others can see your contribution.
  4. That’s it! Super easy.

This challenge will stay open for one week, then next Thursday, I will post the next challenge!

Senses: Join the Thursday Photo Challenge!

Welcome! Come and join the Thursday Photo Challenge, a weekly photography challenge for everyone who likes to take photos! There are lots of other great photo challenges out there, but this one is the Thursdayest of all the photo challenges.

This week’s topic is senses.

All our knowledge begins with the senses.

Immanuel Kant

In biology, it’s generally agreed we have five sense. But what about all those other things we call senses? A sense of dread before an exam? A sense of excitement? Common sense? There are so many ways this challenge can be interpreted and I hope you have fun coming up with something!

My photo is from the Candylicious store in Dubai Mall, Dubai, UAE. The sense? Sense of wonder! But if it had to be a scientific sense, sense of taste since it’s a tree made of candy.

Here’s how to take part:

  1. Take a photo or search your files for one that represents the week’s theme.
  2. Write a post, including your photo, any words of explanation or inspiration you wish to share, and a link to this challenge page.
  3. Comment on this post with a link to your page so others can see your contribution.
  4. That’s it! Super easy.

This challenge will stay open for one week, then next Thursday, I will post the next challenge!

Gold: Thursday Photo Challenge

Welcome! Come and join the Thursday Photo Challenge, a weekly photography challenge for everyone who likes to take photos!

This week’s challenge is gold.

The Earth turns to gold in the hands of the wise.

Rumi

Of course, you have the option of photographing literal gold, and making this an exercise in colours, but you could also look at gold as a metaphor for something valuable to you or to someone else.

My photo is from Dubai, where the sun was setting behind the Burj Khalifa, throwing it into silhouette, and a dancing water fountain was spraying cool liquid into a pool. There is a lot of gold in Dubai (not as much as in Abu Dhabi), but the really rich people have expensive water features like this one. In the blazing desert sun, water is more valuable than gold.

Here’s how to take part:

  1. Take a photo or search your files for one that represents the week’s theme.
  2. Write a post, including your photo, any words of explanation or inspiration you wish to share, and a link to this challenge page.
  3. Comment on this post with a link to your page so others can see your contribution.
  4. That’s it! Super easy.

This challenge will stay open for one week, then next Thursday, I will post the next challenge!

Dynamic: Thursday Photo Challenge

Welcome! Come and join the Thursday Photo Challenge, a weekly photography challenge for everyone who likes to take photos!

This week’s challenge is dynamic.

Attitude is dynamic,

whereas character is static.

Suriyah Dhinakaran

Dynamic is a word for movement, growth, change, energy…

It is perhaps best understood by its opposite word: Static.

So this week’s challenge asks you to find an image that represents or depicts the word dynamic. What can you come up with?

My photo is from Xi’an, China, where a man carrying a huge bag walked across the crossing while cars and buses zoomed past. In case you’re wondering, he did make it to the other side safely.

Here’s how to take part:

  1. Take a photo or search your files for one that represents the week’s theme.
  2. Write a post, including your photo, any words of explanation or inspiration you wish to share, and a link to this challenge page.
  3. Comment on this post with a link to your page so others can see your contribution.
  4. That’s it! Super easy.

This challenge will stay open for one week, then next Thursday, I will post the next challenge!

Delicious: Thursday Photo Challenge!

Welcome to the weekly Thursday Photo Challenge, a weekly photography challenge for everyone who likes to take photos!

This week’s challenge is delicious.

You can go anywhere in the world, and people’s faces light up when they put delicious food in their mouths.

Sandi Toksvig

My photo is from one of my extended trips to America. You may instantly recognise my picture as the syrup jugs from iHOP (international house of pancakes?), the most delicious place to get pancakes I’ve ever been to. I was alone in America and I wished I had someone to share the love of iHOP with.

Looking at that picture makes me wistful. Also hungry. Food is the best part of any travel adventure, I always think.

What can you come up with on the theme of delicious?

Here’s how to take part:

  1. Take a photo or search your files for one that represents the week’s theme.
  2. Write a post, including your photo, any words of explanation or inspiration you wish to share, and a link to this challenge page.
  3. Comment on this post with a link to your page so others can see your contribution.
  4. That’s it! Super easy.

This challenge will stay open for one week, then next Thursday, I will post the next challenge!

Unkempt: Join the Thursday photo challenge!

Welcome to the weekly Thursday Photo Challenge, a weekly photography challenge for everyone who likes to take photos! Anyone can join, just follow the steps below!

This week’s challenge is unkempt.

Unkempt about those hedges blows,

An unofficial English rose.

Rupert Brooke

My photo is from a tumbledown house in County Meath, Ireland, near Newgrange.

There is a huge problem in Ireland where people have let old houses fall into such bad disrepair, but at the same time they have a housing crisis meaning a lot of people have nowhere to live. Some people think that when a house is empty, people should be allowed to live in it, which seems fair, but a lot of the empty houses are not for sale for some reason, so no one can buy them or rent them to live in!

So there are a lot of these unkempt buildings around Ireland and almost no one is doing anything to make them habitable!

Here’s how to take part:

  1. Take a photo or search your files for one that represents the week’s theme.
  2. Write a post, including your photo, any words of explanation or inspiration you wish to share, and a link to this challenge page.
  3. Comment on this post with a link to your page so others can see your contribution.
  4. That’s it! Super easy.

This challenge will stay open for one week, then next Thursday, I will post the next challenge!

Confusion: Join the Thursday Photo Challenge

Welcome to the new weekly Thursday Photo Challenge, a weekly photography challenge for everyone who likes to take photos!

This week, the challenge is to show confusion.

Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions will never lie to you.

Roger Ebert

As photographers, all the advice we get given is to have a clear subject, follow this rule of thirds, follow that rule of using a tripod, follow yet another rule about the right lens, the right ISO, the right exposure time, the right sort of post-processing…

Throw it all out. Right now.

Start from an empty slate. Don’t even try to make sense. Just take a photo!

My photo is of a taxi I saw near Shanghai. I’d been living in China for about a year at this point. I snapped the picture while we were both moving at around 50mph. I was inside another taxi (you should be able to see the window reflection). This guy was just driving down the motorway with his boot open and seemed to have no idea that the white lines were supposed to show you where to drive!

I wanted to get the shot, because I’d never seen anyone driving like this before; most drivers in China are excellent. But there was no way this would ever fit those rules we impose on ourselves as photographers.

I was so confused about how anyone could just drive down the road so oblivious to the fact his boot was open (he must not have looked in his rear view mirror once the whole journey) or the fact that he was straddling two lanes.

What can you come up with?

Here’s how to take part:

  1. Take a photo or search your files for one that represents the week’s theme.
  2. Write a post, including your photo, any words of explanation or inspiration you wish to share, and a link to this challenge page.
  3. Comment on this post with a link to your page so others can see your contribution.
  4. That’s it! Super easy.

This challenge will stay open for one week, then next Thursday, I will post the next challenge!

Jagged: Join the Thursday Photo Challenge!

Welcome to the new weekly Thursday Photo Challenge, a weekly photography challenge for everyone who likes to take photos!

This week’s challenge is jagged.

When something is jagged, it is pointy, uneven, and dangerous. We think of the jagged teeth of a shark or the jagged rocks near a lighthouse. But some people believe jaggedness is a positive attribute, because without it, nothing would ever change.

The good work is done by people with jagged, broken edges, because those edges cut things and leave an imprint, a design.

Harry Crews

My photo is of a cactus I found in Arizona, which looked exactly like a skater doing a spiral, or a ballerina doing that really hard part with the suitors in Sleeping Beauty (I forget what it is called). The jagged spikes surrounding it almost fade away but they are still there, protecting the plant from being eaten.

Here’s how to take part:

  1. Take a photo or search your files for one that represents the week’s theme.
  2. Write a post, including your photo, any words of explanation or inspiration you wish to share, and a link to this challenge page.
  3. Comment on this post with a link to your page so others can see your contribution.
  4. That’s it! Super easy.

This challenge will stay open for one week, then next Thursday, I will post the next challenge!

Wheels: Join the Thursday Photo Challenge

Welcome to the weekly Thursday Photo Challenge, a weekly photography challenge for everyone who likes to take photos!

Like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel, never ending or beginning, on an ever spinning reel.

Alan and Marilyn Bergman

This week’s challenge, then, is wheels. My baby adores wheels! He loves watching cars go past the house, or play with his toy fire engine, pushing it around the room. And his favourite song is The Wheels On The Bus. But wheels aren’t always literal, as this week’s quote shows. It’s from The Windmills of Your Mind, a song made famous by the (now-largely-forgotten) film The Thomas Crown Affair.

Here’s how to take part:

  1. Take a photo or search your files for one that represents the week’s theme.
  2. Write a post, including your photo, any words of explanation or inspiration you wish to share, and a link to this challenge page.
  3. Comment on this post with a link to your page so others can see your contribution.
  4. That’s it! Super easy.

This challenge will stay open for one week, then next Thursday, I will post the next challenge!