Life is full of choices from the life-changing decisions of which career path to follow, to the mundane of which shirt shall I wear today. Photography is no different. We constantly make choices about the direction of travel of our photography. Life is a journey not a destination.

Those of you who have followed this Blog for some time will know that there is no single direction for my photography. I let my creativity lead me and when I leave home with a camera in hand I truly do not know what images my eye will find, nor even the genre within which they will belong.

For me, that is what makes my visual journey so exciting – the unexpected is just around the next corner. Life is one big surprise.



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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16 Responses to Choices

  1. Andy, I couldn’t agree more – the fun of this photographic journey that we’re on is not knowing where we’re going, but going anyway, with absolute certainty that we’ll enjoy the trip!

  2. Chillbrook says:

    Your eclectic mix Andy has always made your blog such a rewarding one to follow. Feeling at a bit of a crossroads right now, your image certainly speaks to me. Lovely photograph as always.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Adrian. ‘Eclectic’ sums me up, or a Butterfly Photographer flitting through the genres. Crossroads perhaps imply informed decisions. That I think is a little too structured, I think sometimes we just need to let the Creativity steer us. Great recent article by Otto, to which we have both added comments. What a great writer Otto is on Creativity.

  3. alan frost says:

    If you go out looking for a photograph, you probably won’t find it. If you keep an open mind then who knows what you might see. Therein lies the fun and the reason why we taking photographs is so often full of pleasant surprises. Your words are so right and the image complements the sentiment so well.

  4. Great composition and thought to go along with the imagery. The figure in the background has a powerful way of making the shot, along with the X marking the spot between two crossing paths. There is a lot to explore here, glad to have found your blog. Best, DG.

  5. paula graham says:

    Excellent photo to accompany your text. Variety is the spice of life…let it flow, I would say.

  6. shoreacres says:

    I was interested in this: “Crossroads perhaps imply informed decisions. That I think is a little too structured.” It caught my interest because my first thought when I saw your photo was of Robert Johnson, the Mississippi bluesman who reputedly sold his soul to the Devil at a crossroads much like this one. There wasn’t much informed decision-making there — only a passion for music, and a passion to play. It started Clapton on his path, and who doesn’t appreciate that?

    Thanks for a great photo that let some memories pour in!

    • LensScaper says:

      Ah…Clapton at the Royal Albert Hall – I was at that venue for one of his major appearances probably about 5 years ago. Brings back a lot of memories. The photographic journey is impossible to describe. We divert into cul de sacs for specific projects, we take the lesser roads than the main routes, and some of us make decisive decisions. I’m not a decisive person creatively – I just go where the next image takes me. And musically I love the ‘creative’ style of Clapton, Jazz greats and the modern performers like Pat Metheny.

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