Hi everyone. It must be about 21 months since I last posted an entry on this blog. It’s surprising how something that was so much part of my life was knocked off the board so comprehensively by the Covid pandemic. Life as we knew it was constrained within narrow margins – physically and mentally. Life was all about survival, adhering to government advice, and massive adjustments to what previously we took for granted.

Photography was one of the casualties. It is now two and a half years since I got on a train and went to London – one of my favourite photographic hunting grounds. It’s two winters since I last skied. Four summers since I last visited the Alps. When life is restricted by events beyond our control (but for our good health) then picking up where we left off has been unexpectedly difficult. We had drifted into a new rhythm of life – a rhythm that has proved difficult to discard.

Posting today marks a new beginning. Today’s images were entered in last week’s local Photographic Society competition which had the title ‘Selfies’. I don’t normally do selfies, so a trawl through the Archive was needed. One of these images was given first place, and the other was highly commended. Which do you think won?

To my surprise it was the second one taken at the end of a bitterly cold day skiing on the edge of the Mont Blanc massif. It snowed intermittently all day, visibility was very limited (what skiers call white-out), but still we skied. Hoping the weather would clear – it didn’t!

The top image was on another day of variable weather. I was in two minds whether to venture this high on my own and I sat in this position for half an hour while the weather dithered. Finally the clouds lifted and the way ahead – this superb corniced ridge – became clear. I’d never shot an image like this before but I liked it as it placed me firmly in the frame. I was there. The cramponed boots proved it and they said something about what was required to safely navigate this terrain.

I’ve broken the ice metaphorically with this post. Now to continue…


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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18 Responses to Selfies

  1. Welcome back, Andy. I think we’ve all shuffled our priorities these last couple of years. Glad you’ve shuffled the blog back into your mix of activities.


  2. Welcome back Andy!

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  3. oneowner says:

    Welcome back. I took a long time off from posting. I found myself enjoying self-isolation. These photos show you haven’t lost your photographic touch. Nice shots!


  4. bluebrightly says:

    I hesitate to guess which photo came first but it must have been nice to have the recognition. It’s certainly nice to see you back. Being a city lover who transplanted herself to rural life, I can imagine that London deprivation must have been tough. I hope it’s getting better! And as for me, I love the country, too, so no problem. Cheers!


    • LensScaper says:

      Hello Lynn. Good to hear from you. The image that won was the ‘normal’ head and shoulders selfie. I live just on the edge of town. Woodland is just 50yds from my front door and I can walk into town in 20mins. Best of both worlds in a way, but a smallish town lacks the photographic capabilities of a city. I will be on a train soon, I hope!


  5. Sue says:

    Welcome back, Andy! Good to see you posting…Like you, it’s now two and a half years since I got on a train and went to London – also a favourite photographic hunting ground… I have a much narrower orbit now. But life goes on


  6. paula graham says:

    Great you are back and what a super starters…waiting for more!


  7. shoreacres says:

    I’ve thought of you often, and hoped you were doing well. It’s so good to have you back. Believe me, this Texas coastal dweller finds your snow refreshing!


  8. Paul Connor says:

    Hi Andy,

    Great to see you back and posting again. I really like your selfies!

    Like you, I recently made my first trip back to London (from Sussex) since the pandemic, and am very glad to be looking at London through the lens again.

    Best regards



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