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Friendly Friday Challenge – Nostalgia

A day in Norway

“Photographers are writers- Writers are photographers: we catch a glimpse of something beautiful – a flower, a glance, a window – and catch it into our camera or writing lens: add a bit of glimmer, a ghost of a shadow, allowing the background to sink into fuzziness while focusing on the sharp beauty; thus, we highlight the romance of life.”

Pamela Wight from

What beautiful words from Pam – inspirational words that inspire us to become better photographers, whether we are amateur or professional. We strive to become photographers that capture the emotion in a scene, or evoke a feeling from the viewer.

It is my photographs that tell me that four years ago I was leaving Poland on a flight to Denmark. I was overjoyed to be in Denmark, but so sad to leave Poland behind.

Five years ago, I took photos of our newest family member.

While six years ago, I was driving overland across the mountains and fjords of Norway.

Ten years ago, the following photo reminds me of the serenity I felt the day I was punting on the Avon River in Christchurch, New Zealand. It was just two weeks before the first of two devastating earthquakes to hit that city.

The Avon River, Christchurch

More than 40 years ago, I was about to fall in love. Not with a boy, but with the snow. I was leaving for my first skiing holiday with friends.

Girl in coat and beret

Without photographs, these memories and feelings might be lost in the passage of time.

Memories are made of moments.

Life is a collection of such moments fused into an ever-changing continuum.

The transient nature of life’s experiences are one reason why we take photographs. Like time travelling, photographs are a way to give life to the past, so we can imagine again that moment in time, in all its visual richness.

Looking at photos might evoke a feeling of NOSTALGIA.

Feeling Nostalgic

Join the Weekly Friendly Friday Challenge Theme

To join in with this week’s challenge theme, simply create a post, including a pingback, using the theme Nostalgia, and tag it:

Friendly Friday – Nostalgia

Be sure to leave a comment below,as well as the pingback, so others can read your post.

Write a Little More for Friendly Friday

As this is the first Friendly Friday post for the month, we would love you to write a little bit more about your chosen photo/s. It’s far more interesting to hear the narrative in addition to the photos that you post. [This does not have to be a lengthy]. Here are some ideas if you are stuck on what to write:

  • What is its significance or history of the photo/s?
  • Where and when were they taken?
  • Why was it taken?
  • Post a recipe/ re-tell an old story that relates to the topic

Monthly Guest Blogger – A Mindful Traveller

Each month, Sandy and I publish a Friendly Friday post from a guest blogger. This month the wonderful Lorelle from Melbourne, Australia, who blogs at A Mindful Traveller will be our guest blogger and will take about an old family recipe that evokes Nostalgia for her. The post will be published here at StPA tomorrow.

If you are interested in submitting a guest post for Friendly Friday, please contact me or Sandy, via the Contact pages or our WordPress Profiles.

Weekly Photo Challenge Next Week

Next week, Sandy will have a new topic for Friendly Friday. Follow our blogs to receive new themes each week.


55 thoughts on “Friendly Friday Challenge – Nostalgia”

  1. Oh yes, looking through old photos brings back such memories. Embarrassingly, sometimes they don’t. ‘Where was that? Was it the time when…?’. But even that provokes thoughts of times past.

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  2. I can’t say ever regret looking at old photos. The memories of both the bad and good of the past is something that I have accepted and taken in the stride to move on and look towards the creation of new memories. Life is wonderful.

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    1. You never fail to inspire me, Gerard. You move onward despite sorrow and challenges, always optimistic. It is a wise man who doesn’t waste time on regret.


  3. Hi Amanda! It has been a while! I am slowly getting back to blogging again and can’t wait to participate in my favorite photo challenge:) Scattered across the memory, glimmers of a time gone by can both be inspiring, happy and melancholic too. Hope you have been well. I am also slowly catching up to reading the posts published in the last month. You have, as always, touched on thought provoking and inspiring issues. Will get back to you in the comments’ sections soon. Take care my friend:)

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    1. Hey Moon! So glad to hear from you again. You are so right in that past memories can be both happy and melancholic. Happy memories can be a comfort to us in troubled times, whilst I wonder if sadder memories are something that we need to process, and in the fullness of time, look on them more for what they taught or can teach us?

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      1. Hi Amanda! I was finally able to post today…though it is almost time for the next FFPC! You are right…sadder memories can have their teaching moments, those that make us ponder deeper and in the process, help us heal probably. I am all for Nostalgia and those who know me, know that it is an intricate part of my life and so to be able to participate in this, was kind of cathartic.

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        1. I am so glad this has been enjoyable for you, Moon. And am so happy to see your post again. I can’t wait to see what you have come up with. I am intrigued.


    1. Thanks so much for joining in, Klodo. I still get emotional looking at photos or videos of my last Schnauzer dog. It has been four years and still feels raw if I think too much on it. Dogs are such wonderful companions.


    1. Indeed Art! In the time before photographs were possible, the memory had to be more efficient and painting or sketching artists had more work, perhaps? I wonder if in the day, they lamented the photograph being invented? In the same way as video stores have closed down or any product that has been made redundant.


      1. Unfortunately, in olden times mostly only the rich and famous were drawn/sculpted for posterity– unless talented common persons took time to put their family and friends into artwork.


  4. Memories are indeed made up of a collection of moments. Very special for all of us aren’t they. And where would we be without our photos as visual journals and reminders!

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    1. I have been thinking about the time before photographs. How artists impressions were the only way of recording images for later viewing. Do you think our memories have declined since the advent of photos?


  5. I love looking at old photos! I really should print out the digital ones I take of holidays otherwise they remain hidden on a computer most of the time. Here is my nostalgia trip -

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