The Christmas holiday is almost upon us and whatever your faith or belief it is a welcome break from the daily grind of life. A time to relax and get together with friends and families.

Right now, we seem to live in a crazy world of fake news, hate mail, and extremism – political and religious. We seem to have lost the concepts of truth, honesty, decency, tolerance, and the ability to discuss and debate issues without such discussions degenerating into slanging matches.

Hope in this climate seems a forlorn idea but we have to hang onto that word and hope that one day, and let’s hope it will be sooner rather  than later, some of this intolerance will fade and morality in all aspects of life will re-surface, and that the world will feel a safer place.

Life did seem simpler, safer, happier, saner in the past. That child-like enjoyment of Christmas, blessed with snow, is a rarity these days. The image below is a reminder of that. Shot on my first digital compact back in 2010 when there was snow on the ground. With the main lights off, I looked out into the back garden and saw this overlay of interior and exterior. It was a spontaneous shot, without any planning. The warmth of the house, the coldness of the snow. With reminders of the season (top left), and in the corner parents long gone but dearly remembered.

My greetings to you all – followers, readers, commenters –  and best wishes for 2018.


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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30 Responses to Greetings

  1. Great photos and kind thoughtful words.
    The world can use a little more hope.
    That people might become a bit more reflective at this time of year is a good thing. The day-to-day can distract us from so many things that are wrong in society. It is easy to lose sight of the things which matter most to all of us.
    Christmas is a time when (as I’m sure you know) numbers of suicides increase. There is also a peak in domestic violence along with many other sad aspects of modern living that reveal how fractured peoples lives have become. To reflect on our own lives and those of people more vulnerable in our society is perhaps the most important part of the festive season and a small step towards change in lifestyle and attitudes.
    It is definitely important to hold onto hope and to see that individually we can each contribute to making the world a better, safer place for everyone.
    Sending you my best wishes for the festive season and the coming year,
    Mr C 🙂

    • LensScaper says:

      Thank you so much for your thoughts. I agree entirely with what you say. Christmas has been so over-commercialised and we live in such polarised society with the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’. There is a deep need for us to think of those less fortunate.

  2. paula graham says:

    If hope is lost; all is lost. Sweet Christmas shots.

  3. Dina says:

    Happy Holidays and a great new Year to you and yours, Andy❣️🌿❤️🎄🤶🌿🎅
    The Fab Four of Cley x

  4. Sue says:

    Best wishes for Christmas, Andy, and here’s to a creative 2018

  5. Best wishes to you, too, Andy. Keep ’em coming.

  6. Meanderer says:

    Very best wishes to you and yours over this festive period and the New Year. We need to do our own individual bit, I guess, in showing kindness, compassion, and tolerance to our fellow travellers 🙂

  7. seekraz says:

    Looks like a good place to be, Andy…welcoming, comfortable, warm…and safe.

    Wishing you the best for the holidays…..

  8. shoreacres says:

    I’m happy to have seen the photo of your parents. You’ve spoken so often of your father, his various interests and your wonderful times with him, that I feel as though I know him a bit.

    I think there’s a reason that songs like “Home For The Holidays” remain popular: at least, in some quarters. If we’ve been blessed, home is the place where we’ve learned hope. It’s a place of warmth that makes looking out into the cold tolerable.

    Best wishes to you and your family for a Merry Christmas, and special wishes to you for a new year filled with new ways of seeing.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks so much, Linda. My father was a much-loved man with a mischievous sense of humour, a strong faith, very principled, kind and generous. Sadly he died aged 63 – far too soon – from a cerebral haemorrhage. Hope and positive thinking were features of my childhood. We have to hope.
      A very Happy Christmas to you. I’ll be back in the early new Year. I am in the midst of installing a new printer which is taxing ‘Hope’ very considerably. The printer driver and Photoshop are refusing to ‘shake hands’ in the way they should and that is making colour management impossible. I’m sure it will be solved, but not this side of Christmas. So the problem is parked until I can speak to a ‘human’ after the extended holiday. On-line searches and forums have not provided answers.

  9. bluebrightly says:

    It’s been a pleasure being here, Andy, and I look forward to more surprises in 2018. Have a peaceful, maybe even hopeful, holiday and New Year!

  10. Beautiful post, Andy, and so thoughtful. I can only have hope, else how can we move forward? The best wishes to you for Christmas and the New Year.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thank you Lynn and Greetings to you too for Christmas and the new year. Yes, we have to hang onto Hope – creativity I always think is itself an expression of both past and future, it is evidence of Hope.

  11. ShimonZ says:

    Nice picture. Joining you in your hopes for a near future. May it be a joyous holiday for you and your family.

  12. Paul says:

    Hi Andy,
    Thank you for sharing your images and thoughts, which are as insightful as ever. Best wishes to you and your family for Christmas and the coming year!

  13. So, where is hope? Maybe in the good conversation where I ask with a will to know better the thoughts and feelings of my neighbor.
    Happy Holidays!

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