Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Distance

This week, Tina Schell considers the current global “social distancing” that’s going on and focuses her challenge post on distance. She writes, “Please share with us the creative ways you’ve found to address your need to connect while keeping your distance. Have you found interesting and productive ways to pass the time?” You can read her entire challenge post here.

In Arizona, we are practicing social distancing and we are staying home except for groceries. I am still a hike leader here, but our season ends on April 9. Even on the trail our hiking group is maintaining a single file line with adequate spacing between the hikers. Our group “selfie” was always a “get close” image. Now the hike leader stops the line and takes a group photo with everyone standing in their places, appropriately spaced. Our hikes end for the season on April 9 and we head home to Fargo a few days later.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – A River Runs Through It.

This week, Amy asks us to fill our challenge response with rivers. She uses quotes from “A River Runs Through It” to amplify her own images. Amy writes, “Ann-Christine, Patti, Tina, and I look forward to seeing your photos of rivers running down mountains, through valleys, along plains where you are or you have traveled, and we also love to read your stories.” You can read her entire challenge post here. Continue reading

Lens Artists Photo Challenge – Chaos

OK, so the opening image doesn’t look all that chaotic. It isn’t. It’s what people expect and indeed like to see. A place for everything and everything in it’s place. This vegetable stand in a warehouse mall in Mazatlan, Mexico is well organized and stocked, ready for sale. This week, Ann-Christine, however, wants us to focus on the chaotic.  Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Reflections

This week, guest challenge host Miriam Hurdle asks us to reflect upon reflections. (Ok, sorry for the pun.) On April 19, 1995 a terroristic disaster beset Oklahoma City when the Alfred P Murrah Building was destroyed by domestic terrorists. My opening photo honors the memory of those lost on that fateful day, twenty-five years ago in April. It features a view of the reflecting pool. No doubt on that anniversary date, there will be many reflecting on the memory of that horrible day. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Change Your Perspective

It’s often about perspective, the angle from which one observes an object, philosophy, or idea. Patti Moed quotes Ansel Adams, “A good photograph is knowing where to stand.” She writes and shares examples of images captured from different viewpoints than “…directly in front of my subject and shoot straight ahead at eye level.” You can read her entire challenge post here. Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Treasure Hunt

This week, Tina Schell takes us on a treasure hunt to find specific items. She notes a list of “treasures” to choose from and even gives us some optional “Extra Credit”. You can read her entire challenge post here. I am not much for “street photography”, but I have focused my lens on a few street performers and I enjoy converting images to black-and-white. To keep the hunt “real”, I am promising to only include images I haven’t shared before (at least not in black-and-white.) Continue reading

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Narrow

This week, Amy asks us to get narrow-minded… er, ah…. well, that’s not exactly the way she put it. What she wrote was, “Travel has taught me that once we go through a narrow path, alley, and/or road with a little patience, at the end it always opens up to pleasant surprises. The experience certainly has broadened my horizon allowing me to see the world through different eyes. Thus, I choose “narrow” for this week’s theme. We hope you will join us and share your photos with us.” You can read her entire challenge post here. Continue reading