The snow of last February is almost forgotten although for me down here in West Sussex there was never much of it – barely an inch at a time. I would have liked a little more.

It melted rapidly, all gone in a short morning, but there was just time to do the obvious – create footprints. It’s one of those things we do, clichéd of course, but there’s almost a compulsion to do it. A throwback to childhood perhaps.

The snow was too wet and thin to create footprints from a ridged shoe like a trainer or walking boot so bare outlines in all their starkness had to suffice.  Just a bit of fun, photography can be light-hearted as well as serious.



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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14 Responses to Footprints

  1. paula graham says:

    Ha, ha, you made the best of the little you got!

  2. shoreacres says:

    Best of all, your fun reminded me of one of my favorite bluegrass songs, written by Bill Monroe. I love the old fashioned version, but it might be a little too old-timey for you, so here’s an updated version of the classic “Footprints In The Snow.”

    • LensScaper says:

      I love bluegrass, Linda. There is an american band called Hot Club of Cowtown which we have heard several times when they do a UK tour – very similar to this music.

  3. Meanderer says:

    I like the one going in the opposite direction on the gravel. Very nice, Andy.

  4. This is a really cool photo. The footprints going “up” are all so clean and at the same distance and angle from each other. There is a very tactile sense to the photograph. And of course what really makes it is the one footprint going in the opposite direction.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Otto. I was the creator of the ‘prints’ as well as the photographer. Just outside the back door to our house. I took a number of images but it wasn’t until I sat down at the computer that I realised how that one footprint on the gravel made such a significant difference to the final picture.

  5. bluebrightly says:

    Nice one, Andy, so crisp and full of life.

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