Lens-Artists Challenge #125 – You Pick It!

I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.
— Diane Arbus

This week Tina is our host, and she says: …”we hope you’ll share a subject that is near and dear to you, that you find interesting, or challenging, or perhaps that shows us something new or unique to you.” Please visit her page, marvel at her artistry and get inspired by the art of Wabi-Sabi!

I am not interested in shooting new things – I am interested to see things new. – Ernst Haas

Personaly, I have chosen nature’s beauty combined with different processing of the images. A creative pastime that has become even more interesting in days of seclusion this year. But, let’s start with my capital city – Stockholm. (I do visit cities too…) Said to be one of the most beautiful capitals in the world – much because it is a city on water.

All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.
— Richard Avedon

Earlier this year (pre-pandemic…), a grey day, just like today, I had some hours between trains in Stockholm. I walked past Stockholm City Hall, sailing in the air – a double exposure processed with an oil painting filter.

Frosty leaves on the forest floor – with a touch of oil painting.

In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story. – Walter Cronkite

My visit to Ifö art center some weeks ago also presented some splendid natural artworks. This beautiful window was covered in colourful Boston ivy (?) (oil painting filter) – but its real beauty wasn’t revealed until we went inside, looking out of the backlit window.

The memory has as many moods as the temper, and shifts its scenery like a diorama.
― George Eliot

This gallery shows the same window, processed with different filters. From left to right: colour pencil, water colour, oil pastel, pencil, abstract.

Only photograph what you love.
– Tim Walker

My final image is the window seen through my eyes, lens and oil painting filter. It represents my heart’s own memory of this moment in time. Our memory works like this – reality through filters like personality, feelings, mood and situation. In the header – double exposed roses processed with an oil pastel filter.

So, this week it’s all up to you – choose your subject and share whatever it is about it that you find interesting. We are looking forward to seeing your interpretations.

Thank you for treating us to your creativity on Amy’s Now and Then Challenge!

SPECIAL NOTE: For those who wish to have advance notice on our themes, next week Patti will treat us with an Alphabet Challenge – Subjects That Begin With The Letter A.

Until then – stay warm, safe and hopeful.

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    • Tracy, I just read you last post – glorious photos and all. Made my day/evening/night! Thank you for your beautiful comment. You are very kind. And – I still have your flowers, dry now, but still beautiful. they are standing beside my mother’s portrait so I can see them every day. What you did was something extra, unforgettable. Thank you for your warm heart. ♥

  2. WOW. Great photos. The super-imposed town shot is one of my favorites. It reminds me of the sci-fi detective novel The City and The City, by China Mieville, about a city with ‘parallel universes’, where so can crossover from time to time.

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  4. Wow, how did you create that first picture, Leya? I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. I agree with you about the window. It is even more beautiful inside than outside. And the frosty leaves are stunning. A fun post. 🙂

  5. So much beauty that I’m not sure where to start. 🙂 … thanks for sharing your skills and passion. The quotes were excellent additions. Loved the treatment of the Stockholm pic. The leaves were stunning. The ivy was perfectly framed … and the last set had me wondering. Simply beautifully done!

  6. I love this A-C: ”Our memory works like this – reality through filters like personality, feelings, mood and situation.” So true! And beautifully expressed. Your experiments with filters are lovely! They could be paintings. So you visit cities, eh??😀

  7. This: ”I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them!!!!” Love it and I love what you’ve done with all your shots. I enjoy playing with editing as well, although I don’t have any fancy editing apps. Between you and Tina, I might be inspired to play a bit more. Wonderful post, A-C.


    • Janet, I am happy to hear you like them – and the app is not fancy, and it is free. And easy to use. Just search for FotoSketcher and give it a chance!

  8. I’m not normally a fan of ‘mucked about with’ photos, but each of these is beautiful: I particularly like the double image, and the last window photo. You’ve transformed what I imagine were already interesting photos into something quite special.

  9. Lovely images and treatments. ”Our memory works like this – reality through filters like personality, feelings, mood and situation.” That sums up so well exactly how I feel too.

  10. Leya – I like the lines and colors in your images and this was a top quote for me today:

    The memory has as many moods as the temper, and shifts its scenery like a diorama.
    ― George Eliot

  11. Absolutely dazzling Ann-Christine. As you know the impressionist style is my very favorite and you have outdone yourself this week (which is really saying something!) I see you are really embracing the new software and I loved the way you displayed the windows. Your final image though is well-deserving of it’s place of honor. It is quite simply a masterpiece (as is your gorgeous header this week!)

    • Well, thank you, thank you, Tina. ♥ Overwhelming! But I did have some great fun, and I know of course we share the love for impressionism. This window was quite the dream. The funny thing was that Viveka was there as well – and only the two of us noticed that window and stayed behind to photograph it. I wanted to see it once more when the tour was finished, but unfortunately we did not leave the building where we entered it.

  12. What amazing photos! Each one is a work of art, especially the last one through the glass. It was a pleasure to revisit Stockholm and remember it as you said, a city on water. For me Stockholm’s sky will always be blue, the water too and loads of sunshine all the time.

  13. Lovely photos and I have enjoyed the different processes you have used. Particularly those leaves. Like you I have been playing with my photos this year, it’s interesting to see how the effects can alter an image.

    • Yes, thank you, Jude, there is much fun to be had in the processing. And you can change effect according to your mood! Or the mood you want for the moment. I sometimes think about getting old and what to do with my time if I cannot walk anymore. Hopefully i will have my eyes and hands and a computer !

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