LAPC # 232: Looking Back

This week, Sofia leads “Looking Back”. She explains, “This challenge is about time, how things evolve. How we changed in our way of seeing and representing them.”

America history on the wall:

Coby, Wyoming, then and now:

The photo below was from “English Hours”(Chaper 1, London,1888) by Henry James .

Our third trip to London in 2016:

Changes of cameras:

Now, we can click anytime, anywhere and share photos with anyone. It’s a way of life. πŸ™‚

I rarely put out a photo without playing with photo editing apps. These apps allow us to be creative with no or minimum effort.

Making photo to painting:

Making an abstract image with a small movement as you click:

Not to mention, we communicate, read, learn, google, and many, many more at our fingertips. Can’t live without it! πŸ™‚



This story may not fit the theme, but it’s a great story and a part of our history. Looking back…

“In 1959, police were called to a segregated library when a Black 9-year-old boy trying to check out books refused to leave, after being told the library was not for Black people. Later, the Lake City Library became the Dr. Ronald E. McNair Life History Center, in honor of the boy who refused to leave.

Challenger crew image

photo from

McNair earned his Ph.D. in physics at MIT and became a NASA astronaut, in addition to three additional honorary doctorate degrees. Ronald McNair was one of the astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger when it exploded after takeoff in 1986.”Β  –

β€œTo make a dream come true, first you must dream…”  — Ronald McNair

Sofia’s theme and post are inspiring, her images are beautiful. She encourages us to express “looking back” with our photos. Click here to join. Remember to link to Sofia’s post and tag Lens-Artists so we can find you.

Many thanks to John for giving us an opportunity to share our “Favorite Images “. Thanks to all of you for sharing your favorite images. Next week Anne (Slow Shutter Speed) will be our host. Be sure to visit her wonderful site.

50 thoughts on “LAPC # 232: Looking Back

  1. Great captures of many diverse ways of looking back. Photography really is fun and also the “funniest” these days with all the mobile cameras. I love that many places ARE making Selfie stations. They also make great street art.

    I am so glad you included the astronaut photo and the history of Dr. McNair. There is both sadness and pride in his life. His legacy to be proud of. I remember that day so well. Moving addition to your post.


    • Thank you for taking time to comment, Donna! These people were trying to capture whales in Maui. πŸ™‚ I agree, That part of the history is very sad and Dr. MaNair’s legacy to be pround of.

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  2. A beautiful response to the challenge Amy, I especially love the way you made a painting from your beautiful capture of the windmills at Kinderdijk πŸ’– xxx

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  3. Wonderful post Amy, with lots of great shots demonstrating the passing of time. And I was fascinated by the story of Ronald McNair. I of course remember that tragic Challenger explosion but most of the stories at the time and since seemed to focus (quite understandably) on Christa McAuliffe and I didn’t really know much about the others on board.

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  4. I just love that first image of the mural of history, Amy. That is worth going to see! I didn’t know the story about Dr Ronald McNair. I remember watching the shuttle soar high in January 1986 only to explode unexpectedly, a shuttle full of American heroes who died in service to their country. In 1986 when this happened, my one-year-old daughter watched with me. She somehow remembered I suppose, and in 8th grade, declared she wanted to become an Aerospace Engineer. She graduated from UCLA in 2003 and has been working as a Senior Aerospace Engineer for Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, CA ever since. We may never know how much something like that event influences us. Wonderful post!


    • Your daughter is impressive! That is a tough field that not many of young girls want to get into. Thank you so much for share the story with me. My daughter majored E. Engineering. A dozen girls in EE first semester, but she was the only girl graduated. πŸ™‚

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  5. Wonderful post Amy.I am so glad you included the story of Ronald
    McNair. I have recently finished reading the book “1619 a New Origin Story” It deals with the history of black Americans from slavery to Black Lives Matter. It is a good read but not an easy one.

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  6. What a moving post, Amy! I love what you shared about McNair. What a powerful story. And it’s true what you say about cellphones and other technology. It’s impossible to keep up with all the new advances, but we’re trying!!

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