Seeing Differently in October


Robyn of RobynsFineArt issued a challenge – The Seeing Differently Challenge – at the beginning of October to find 15 different images in October.

I am late arriving at the party but I decided to post a complete gallery of my 15 at the month’s end.

I have been using my iPhone a lot more recently, partly because I am using it to capture Autumn, and partly because I have been carrying it instead of a compact. So the first decision I made that the ‘difference’ would be that all the images in the 15 would be shot on the iPhone. Some, but not all of these, have been posted on my Instagram account: ‘andyhooker’.

Eleven of the fifteen were shot within a five-minute walk of our house (one within it – the chair back). The other four come from Horsham town centre.

October has been very dry and warm and that combination has helped the Autumn colours to develop and it has been a joy to capture them. On a daily basis I walk to the nearest small supermarket to pick up the morning paper along a small stream (brook) that is almost silent – the water at a very low ebb. There is always something new to see – a reflection, the leaves in or on the water, and the occasional foreign object.

A challenge or a project always encourages our photography. It concentrates the mind and sharpens the eye. The Art of Seeing is a skill that we cultivate, but just as with plants, cultivation never ends. Plants die if they are not looked after. Our Eye loses its focus if we don’t practice our craft.

The gallery below shows the 15 in no particular order. Click on the first and use the arrow keys to navigate through.

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'.
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15 Responses to Seeing Differently in October

  1. Beautiful pictures! I was really drawn in to the shadows on the tile floor and the person walking the dog. They make me want to write a poem πŸ™‚ Jen


  2. mark says:

    That’s a nice set, Andy. I enjoyed the link to the site where Robyn issued the challenge. I’m too feeling a bit uninspired, and like Robyn as much about blogging and sharing as about shooting or processing. I like the idea of a challenge focused on finding a fresh eye to focus on the local scenes we visit every day.


    • LensScaper says:

      Many thanks for your comment, Mark, and my apologies for the late reply. I share your feelings with respect to blogging. The many bloggers who were around three or four years ago have dwindled away and despite ‘signed up’ followers of my blog doubling in rapid time that is not reflected in an expansion of written or ‘liked’ interest. I wonder whether other types of social media are replacing WordPress.


  3. Thanks for putting your iPhone through its paces. I see that it has a tendency (which I’ve noticed in my own iPhone photos) to blast out the strong highlights. But overall, these are technically pretty good, aren’t they. And your eye is better than pretty good! I especially like the black and white of shadows on the floor and that mysterious scooter. Is it in the water?


  4. paula graham says:

    Some excellent photos…love the compilation of the man’s many faces and I am a sucker for interesting shadows too!


  5. hmunro says:

    What a beautiful set you’ve created, Andy! Not only have you met the challenge to “see differently” in spades, you’ve also reminded me that the lowly iPhone can indeed be a powerful tool for photographic self-expression. Nicely done on all counts.


  6. Robyn G says:

    Andy this is such and interesting and varied gallery. Love those shadows too, the colours and all the many different and not so ordinary things you found on your walks and within your area. Really like that you used your phone to discover your gallery.
    I love what you said.. “Our Eye loses its focus if we don’t practice our craft.” A great reminder for us all.
    Thanks so much for joining me this month!! πŸ˜€


  7. Chillbrook says:

    Smashing work Andy!


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