Happy Christmas

A very Happy Christmas, or Happy Holiday to all of you reading this blog. Whatever your persuasion or religion I hope the holiday season will offer you some respite from the madness of consumerism. An opportunity to be with family and relax.

IMG_7208_wpToday – 23rd December is apparently dubbed Panic Tuesday. We’ve already had Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Each day qualified by the amount of money expected to be spent and the number of people calculated to be spending it. The nation seems to be gripped by a siege mentality, and behaves collectively as if the shops will be closed for at least a week. Not only that but the numbers of people in the supermarkets make one think that the whole population of Scotland must have come south for the holiday. But roughly speaking some of ours have gone elsewhere, and a few of theirs have come to us. We buy items of food we would never consider eating at any other time of the year purely because tradition dictates it. And when we all crawl out of bed bleary-eyed on Boxing Day, or the day after, and survey the content of the fridge and all the half empty jars, cartons and bottles therein we will realize that we’ve over-spent, over-stocked and we promise ourselves we’ll never get caught up in this frenzy of spending ever again. But next year we will do precisely the same all over again.

Sixty years ago when I was a small boy, it seemed so different. Christmas was a time of great excitement. It happened – I was largely unaware of the rush and the pressure that the season created. Sixty years ago, consumerism was not the God that we worship today and the UK was still recovering from WW2. Austerity was evident by what was spent. People in those days spent within their means. Credit cards didn’t exist. There is austerity today (or so we are constantly reminded), but that doesn’t stop the spending – it just accumulates as debt.

Amidst all the pressures of life, one of my great joys (and not just at Christmas, but at any time of the year), is to sit quietly for a half hour or so and view the daily gallery of images that comes my way from those of you whose blogs I follow. Thank you for the inspiration your work brings to me.

Thanks also to all of you who follow this blog, and especially to those who ‘like’ and comment and make suggestions about what you see on my posts. We are all part of a great on-line community that spans the globe united by the common pleasure we derive from photography. I’ve been blogging for three years now, and I still regard my decision to start a blog as one of the smartest things I’ve done photographically speaking.

This will probably be my last post of 2014, but I will see you all again in the New Year. In the meantime my kindest regards to you all.

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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31 Responses to Happy Christmas

  1. You have summed up pretty well my take on it Andy. Big business and consumerism has taken over as the religion to worship – along with greed. I work in Leeds and it is just getting worse each year. You can’t move for shoppers and it seems to be getting busier earlier. Christmas trees up in September in some shops…and you know what is next – first thing after Christmas is over – the shops will be stocking up for Easter. Bah–humbug!

    Have a peaceful Christmas Andy, to you and your family

  2. I have run out of time to sit and meander at the moment but will save them all for later! Merry Christmas Andy!

  3. Chillbrook says:

    A very Happy Christmas to you and your family Andy! Looking forward to seeing more of your very inspirational photography in 2015! 🙂

  4. Wishing you a paceful Christmas Andy, and all that’s good in 2015.

  5. oneowner says:

    Have a Merry Christmas, Andy.

  6. shoreacres says:

    I love Christmas, and celebrate it with delight. The less-savory aspects of the holiday are there, of course, but isn’t it true that we can make choices about the shape of our celebrations? Just as for a good photographer, choosing where to focus is critical. 🙂

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Andy, and best wishes for the New Year. I’m looking forward to seeing what your creative eye brings us in 2015.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Linda. What you say is very true. One of the worst aspects of the consumer society is the barrage of adverts on the TV that start late November and by Christmas Day we are reduced to either shouting at the TV when they appear or muting the sound! A very Happy Christmas to you – I’m so glad I discovered your blog!

  7. Len says:

    I like you have seen the total commercialization of what was a wonderful holiday. The number of “fake” days are created by business to sell more and more. That being said, I’d rather have that with freedom that those who don’t have freedom. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Andy.

  8. suej says:

    I couldn’t have said it better re commercialisation…. That said, have a great Christmas and all the best to you and yours for 2015, Andy

  9. seekraz says:

    Wishing you the best for the holidays, Andy.

  10. ShimonZ says:

    Best wishes to you and your loved ones for a very happy holiday. What you say about the commercial aspect of the holiday is quite true. And how good it is to gather with friends and family, and to spend a day or a few days without that influence.

  11. ehpem says:

    Merry Christmas Andy.

  12. Meanderer says:

    Wishing you and yours all the very best this Christmas, Andy. Have a lovely time.

  13. poppytump says:

    Wishing you a very Happy Christmas to you and your family Andy .. enjoy your break .
    Here’s to many more camera outings in 2015 🙂

  14. Jim Nix says:

    I hope you thoroughly enjoyed your holiday season and that 2015 allows you the opportunity to continue pursuing this passion!

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