The Life in My Years

An anthology of life

Philo is the host for this week’s Lens Artist Challenge and he chose the topic, Simplicity.

Simplicity isn’t necessarily such a simple thing, so I decided to take my cues from the host. In his post Mr. Philo suggests making a single subject the star.

Valve wheel on a vintage locomotive

Botanical Gardens, Montreal, Canada

Rail car, Martinez, California


A simple photo can suggest a story. The boat below was sitting on the beach at Crissy Field on the shore of San Francisco Bay? What’s the story? An escape from Alcatraz maybe?


In suggesting still life, Philo offers the quote, “In still-life photography, objects come to life, telling stories of time, history, and human presence.” Unknown.

There’s definitely a story below in a photo I call Morning Coffee 1974

Morning Coffee 1974


Simplicity in symmetry

Fort Point, San Francisco, California

To view Mr. Philo’s take on Simplicity please visit his site, Philosophy Through Photography and then scroll down to the comments section to see other visions on Simplicity.

17 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge: Simplicity

  1. Anne Sandler says:

    Great post for this challenge Paul! I love all your images, especially the boat. Well done!

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you Anne

  2. nesfelicio says:

    Great collection. My favorites are the boat and morning coffee.

    1. PR says:

      Same here!

    2. Paul says:

      Thank you. For Morning Coffee I had to go deep into some magazine archives.

      1. nesfelicio says:

        That is a great composition.

  3. JohnRH says:

    Great selections. 👍

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you John.

  4. Philo says:

    What amazing examples you have presented!
    Love the selective colour of the Valve wheel on a vintage locomotive which appears so simple and elegant!
    Love the pink flower, a fab click with a lovely texture, yet simple in its appearance, elevating the mood!
    Botanical garden leaves in a lake with wavy reflections are captivating. There is a message of serenity!
    Love the monochrome effect on the boat sitting on the beach, conveying the importance of both journey and sanctuary!
    Morning coffee click stimulated my nostrils with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, and I felt warmth and comfort.
    I loved the symmetry of the bricks and also the placement of the bricks.
    Thank you so much for joining us with these simplicity clicks!
    Thanks a ton, Paul.

    1. Paul says:

      Thank you so much for the kind words Philo, and thank you for hosting.

  5. Leya says:

    Beautiful choices. I love especially the green and black and the lone boat. Excellent.

    1. Paul says:

      Hi Anne-Christine, Thank you so much. The boat is one of my favorites as well. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

  6. Toonsarah says:

    Love all these, but especially the boat and the one in the Botanical Gardens in Montreal – gorgeous rich green and appealingly simple composition 🙂

    1. Paul says:

      Hi Sarah,
      The boat was taken following days of heavy rain. I had to wade through the puddles I couldn’t dodge to get the image I wanted. Maybe that’s one reason I like the shot so much.
      Thank you for reading and commenting.

  7. Wind Kisses says:

    Lovely gallery of simplicity Paul. Interesting you have the Time magazine. We were just talking about that the other day. I love the black and white photo of the boat and the valve wheel.

    1. Paul says:

      Hello Donna,
      That 1974 Time magazine with Patty Hearst on the cover came from a collection that my mom put away. She saved the Kennedy assassinations, the first moon landing,
      and weeks and weeks of Watergate. I’ve kept it up by saving Obama’s election, Trump’s indictments and 9/11. I have a feeling that in the coming months I’ll be buying more and more print editions of newspapers.
      Thank you for reading and commenting

      1. Wind Kisses says:

        Yes, It is fun to come across old magazines to hear the way the stories are told, from THAT time.

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