Category Archives: Photos from the past

Days out – Lens Artists Photo Challenge #39 – Hello April

This week it is Amy’s turn to challenge us with:

Look forward to seeing and reading your “Hello April” interpretation. It can be a change of seasons in your part of the world or a wrap-up of the previous season or month.

Well what an interesting topic!  In the end after much deliberation I have chosen to use a photo from the very end of last April, mainly because I liked it.  So now I have to convince you why it fits the brief.

Well March and April are the months we first start venturing out to visit places, and my years snapping begins in earnest again.  So this photo represents one of the first places we had a ‘day out’ to visit last year.  April might be where the fun begins, spring has begun to spring, and in my part of the world the nights have just got a whole lot lighter with the clocks going forward.  Daylight hours are getting noticeably longer, and therefore so to the chance to get out and enjoy ourselves, though the threat of rain is ever present, but when is it not in the UK.

At home it becomes time to maybe get out and do some gardening, ours is nowhere near as big as the one below, though it is still big enough to be a challenge.  So I am hoping the photo below can sum up some of the thoughts above.

‘Days out’, Tyntesfield, 2018.LAPCHello



Over my head – Lens Artists Photo Challenge #38 – Weathered or Worn

This week it is Leya’s turn to challenge us with:

Are you one of those who love things weathered or worn? I am. I love driftwood, old houses, old furniture, toys, the grey cottages up north – things with patina. Clothes with a story – leather jackets, jeans. And people? Only your fantasy sets the limit!

This week’s challenge is Weathered and/or Worn.

I immediately thought of this set of photos when I saw the challenge title this week.  They are of a barn roof near the Men-an-Tol in Cornwall, each time we visit the weather has taken its toll on this roof and the surrounding buildings a little more, just as I am a little older each time.  Every time we walk this path this roof catches my attention, have I every reached out to touch it with anything other than my sight, I cannot remember, it looks so rough yet I feel I want to experience the feel of its weathered and worn texture under my finger tips, well there will always be next time.  I realise that I may have shot myself in the foot with this one as someone is now bound to choose ‘rusty’ as a topic, but oh well, they were the first photos to come directly to mind!

‘Weathered lines’, West Penwith, Cornwall, 2016.Weathered lines

‘A hole in two’, West Penwith, Cornwall, 2016.A hole in two


Stones, stripes and happiness – Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #37: History

This week Patti challenges us with:

For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #37, we invite you to capture history.

History can be personal or public. It can last for a moment, a decade, or a century. It is local, national, or international. It can be a monument, a relic, a person, a place, or a memento. It’s totally open to your interpretation.

Well where to start, and how to limit my response!  When we are away visiting places they are generally ancient or historic sites – we are keen consumers of the heritage industry, though we do not limit ourselves to those places that are handed to us on a plate.

Therefore my first choice will be unsurprisingly, one of the many stone circles we have visited, under the category of ‘Ancient history’.  This is Glenquicken, in Dumfries and Galloway, where we visited last year.  While not the hardest to find, it certainly was not the easiest to reach, and if it had not been for the dry summer we would not have been able to reach it.

‘Stone histories’, Dumfries and Galloway, 2018.LAPCHistory

Given I have been scanning a number of old photos recently, and some of you will have seen my posts about them, my second choice will be from the category of ‘Family history’.  This photo is probably of my paternal grandmothers father, I will have to find out.  He definitely served in India, in fact I was told he had been everywhere apart from Germany!  He was a Sergeant, becoming a colour Sergeant eventually, the initials in the top left are JAH, but I am a little less sure of those on the bottom right, so I will hunt down his name and find out!

‘Uniform histories’.LAPCHistory2

And finally under the heading of ‘Personal history’ a photograph of my wife on what was our first visit to Castlerigg stone circle, when we were on honeymoon.

‘Happy histories’, Castlerigg stone circle, Cumbria, 2011.Flying over Keswick


George who?

So another photo from the series of scans I have been making of old family photos.  I just particularly like this one, though once again I have absolutely no idea (yet) of who George is.

The text on the reverse reads – “George and I taken this fall after the leaves had nearly all gone from the trees;  His expression is not very pleased, as he wanted to take the photos while his mother and I pozed”



I could have a story to tell.

So following on from yesterdays photos, recently scanned from an old family album, I thought I would share this one as well.  He looks like there are plenty of stories he could tell.  I think authoritarian would be the immediate word that would spring to mind as I look at this photo.


And does that say ‘Judge Cope’ or ‘Judge Pope’ or maybe neither!  Neither surname is one I recognise from the family, so how this fits in the album is yet another mystery to explore, but I get the feeling this gentleman may be quite visible if I go looking for him.


Who are you?

I have been scanning some photos from an old family album, and doing a little digital reparation.  This gentleman appears regularly, but as with so many of these photos, alas I have no idea who he is or what his story was.  But he looks quite a character, so I thought I might share him with you.


This was taken in the Richmond area of Melbourne, Australia, sometime around the end of the 1800’s as another slightly younger photo of him is dated 1881.  Here his is again, slightly older I feel, and with who I assume is his wife.



Looking at old shots – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Black and White

For this weeks Fun Foto Challenge Cee asks:

This week the topic is Black and White and there is no specific topic.  Let’s keep this challenge strictly black and white.

I have been looking back over a lot of old photos recently, taken on Cameras other than the A6000 I usually use, and here are a few I liked.

‘Monument’, Harris & Lewis, Outer Hebrides, 2009. [Dimage Z3]KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

‘Hill Walk’, Brynna, Wales, 2010. This photo could have been set up by either Karen or myself, although it was taken with her camera. [Canon A1100] bw2

‘Moo’, The Hurlers, Cornwall, 2011. [Dimage Z3]KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA