lens-artist: local vistas

tethered to home...

“Sutcliffe rarely left Whitby [a port and resort community on the Yorkshire coast], where his portrait studio kept him busy, and said that he was ‘tethered for the greater part of each year by a chain, at most only a mile or two long.’  To most modern photographers this would seem a crippling restriction, but Sutcliffe gradually realized that it was an asset to him as a photographer since it forced him to concentrate on the transitory effects that could transform familiar scenes. …photographers should always aim for something more than ‘mere postcard records of facts.’ ‘By waiting and watching for accidental effects of fog, sunshine or cloud,’ he advised, ‘it is generally possible to get an original rendering of any place.  If we only get what any one can get at any time, our labour is wasted; a mere record of facts should never satisfy us.”

cited: Frank Meadow Sutcliffe, The History of Photography Series, p 8

Me and my Nikon alongside the Cache la Poudre River … the river’s name refers to an incident in the 1820s when French trappers buried part of their gunpowder along the banks of the river during a snowstorm.

Images submitted in response to Slow Shutter Speed’s challenge: local vistas


  1. always looking for the novel we often fail to see what is under our noses all the time – reminds me of Hockney’s trees which I think he visited every day. These details are delightful

  2. Brenda. you certainly added your own touch to this challenge and I loved it. I’m pretty sure those are changing reflections in the river? If not, your images are still amazing.

  3. I absolutely love the thoughts you brought to light here. A camera can capture only one moment at a time, a great time to make it yours. Very unique, along with a little history lesson steps it up a bit. phots are great too, of course. Donna Well done.

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