Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Nostalgic.

Here’s a small selection of places, species or things that I am nostalgic about.

Having moved to Canada in the late 1990s I still miss the European Robin. They were usually real characters. I had one that would land on the door mirror of the car as soon as I parked. It knew that there was a good chance of something to eat. Here’s one having a bath in Cheshire, England.

Bath time


Motorcycles in fog from Snowdonia in North Wales in 1981. This makes me nostalgic for a couple of reasons. Firstly, in those days I would strap a camera bag on the back of a motorcycle and take off across the country or Europe. Secondly, the shot was taken with Ilford XP1, I was one of the field testers prior to its launch. In those days I shot as much black and white film as colour. I no longer have the ability to “see” in black and white the way I could in the days of shooting film.

Motorcycles emerging from fog.


In the late 1990s I was living in central Saskatchewan, Canada. Each autumn large numbers of Snow Geese would congregate on their way south for the winter. In this photo a flock is taking off from part of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area. The sight and sound of the birds taking flight is something I hope I never forget.

A gathering of Snow Geese.


A hoarfrost covered Oak tree in Cheshire, England in the early 1980s. This is nostalgia about the simplicity of photography in those days. A manual focus camera and a couple of lenses. A few years later I was carrying a backpack for the various cameras and lenses.

Hoarfrost and snow covered Oak tree.


18 replies on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Nostalgic”

Terrific choices David. The motorcycle shot is beautiful in its own way, but the geese are spectacular. They’ve begun to visit a remote area not to far from my home as the migrate by. I’m hoping to catch them this year

Thanks Tina. The autumn migration of Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes is something I would love to witness again and re shoot with digital.

Thanks Sue. I was supposed to be field testing XP1 for use in a research institute photo department. Not motorcycle rallies at the weekends.

You made me feel nostalgic! The robin shot with water drops is a classic shot. I miss the European robins when I’m away from home for any length of time. They are characters and very brave around humans for a wild bird. I love the hoar shot too.

Thanks Susan. I was thinking of using a Robin shot where the bird is standing on a camera lens but decided to go with a natural setting.

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