Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #26: Photographic Review

This is my submission for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #26: Photographic Review.

Anne-Christine said, “This last Lens Artists Photo Challenge of the year 2018, is all about memories. Make a recap of Your 2018! What do you remember most vividly? What precious moments from your everyday life, family, travels, holidays, adventures, meetings, did you capture with your camera?”

What a great way to end 2018, I thought. Preparing for this post, I went through my 2018 photo-folders one by one and happily re-lived the whole year in 30 minutes. That reviewing process made me feel satisfied, but to my surprise, although I had fond memories in many of those moments, those moments, however, were not significant enough to represent 2018. Now what?

I could use some inspirations, I thought. So, I checked around. Anne-Christine decided to pick one or more photos from every season; Nature is important to Patti; Amy told us her fun photographic experience and shared a few nature images; Tina shared a few nature images, too, and also photos of quiet moments of everyday life. Reading each one of these posts was like reading a condensed personal story book! I enjoyed it so much that I have provided links here for you.

But I still had no idea which photos to choose…

Anne-Christine said, “Another interesting idea is to find one single photo that would represent the whole year.”

Pick one photo, any photo… how hard can that be? One photo immediately came to my mind, but I didn’t fully know why. Maybe I would do something “smart” with that photo. I would crop it in several ways, and arrange them on a blank canvas…

So, on New Year’s Eve, I made several copies of this photo and cropped each in a different way. I wasn’t sure where I was heading, but I told myself it was a start, and, hey, it was only Monday (4 more days before next challenge!)

New Year Day… playing with all those images, I suddenly understood what 2018 had meant to me. For me, 2018 was a year of questing for wisdom. I am not talking about religions. I am talking about having an urge of figuring out what I want to do and who I want to be for the rest of my life. It was the first time in my life that I wanted to plan for my life, not just plan for trips. (See what aging may do to you! Or, maybe… I am just a slow learner!)

Anyway, here is my recap of 2018. It says I really like 2018! 😉

Thanks to Anne-Christine for this great challenge. I hope my appreciation has shown through my mumbling words. 😉

Speaking of wisdom, may I share Dalai Lama’s New Year message with you?

Happy New Year and have a Healthy, Happy 2019!

Thank you for visiting my blog.


About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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21 Responses to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #26: Photographic Review

  1. Tina Schell says:

    What a very creative way to close one year and begin another! Thank you for the mention and for joining us here in the L-A challenges each week. Best wishes for the New Year and more importantly for figuring out your new directions. But remember this “Man plans, God laughs.” 😊. The key is flexibility!

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  2. Lovely! All the best to you for 2019.

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  3. Sarah says:

    Happy New Year to you too, Helen! What a beautiful quote! Looking forward to your lovely photos in 2019! 😄❤

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Sarah.
      OMG, you are so talented! Looking forward to seeing more of your painting, pottery… (How do you find time to do all? I wanted to start painting 5, 6, 7 years ago and so far I haven’t found any free time to do it! You are amazing!)
      Have a great day.

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      • Sarah says:

        Thank you, Helen! To be perfectly honest – I don´t have the slightest clue how I do it as time seems always to be in short supply around here. 😉 Hope you´ll find enough of it to start painting this year! 😉 Have a lovely day!

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  4. Thanks for sharing these beautiful Dalai Lama’s words, I wish a wonderful New Year Helen!!!

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  5. susurrus says:

    Wishing the same to you!

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  6. Leya says:

    Interesting how you went about the challenge and the outcome of it! Thank you for the appreciation and inspiring thoughts, and also for Dalai Lama’s message. I ought to think about what to do with the rest of my own days as well – Great entry!

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  7. de Wets Wild says:

    All the best for 2019, Helen!

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  8. Yinglan says:

    Happy New Year, Helen!

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  9. Happy New Year! Wonderful quote … 😃

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