Lens Artists Photo Challenge #211: What’s your Photographic Groove?

This week, Anne Sandler has asked us – what’s your photographic groove? Hmm, I think my main groove ever since I was interested in taking photos pre-teen has been ruins, abandonment, decay…. But that has changed over the years as early on I realised a lot of the time I wasn’t getting the atmosphere I wanted in many images.

Over the years I realised thinking about how to take the photograph (in terms of shutter speed, aperture, POV, choice of lens etc) could dramatically change how an image was seen.

Whilst my groove may not be restricted to ruins, it still is something that quickens my pulse. So here are some examples.

Part of Leptis Magna reveals itself in leafy Surrey:

Next, wander amongst the apparently untended ruins (ie not over manicured as National Trust ones are) of Jervaulx abbey

Jervaulx 3

And now for Rievaulx under threatening clouds:

Rain clouds over Rievaulx

Next, a miscellany of ruins:

And finally, long abandoned Spinalonga:

street and shadows

Linked to Lens- artists at Anne Sandler’s here



  1. Oh yes, Sue, It’s clear to see how ruins and decay quicken your pulse. Great examples of what you do best.

  2. Splendid examples Sue. I also find ruins interesting, there is just something about the history that seems to be present in the stones. You capture the atmosphere well and I really like the Jervaulx abbey one leading me through.

    • Sue

      Thanks, Jude…I absolutely agree that “there is just something about the history that seems to be present in the stones”. Some places more than others….

  3. I would always associate you with ‘decay’, because you showcase it so well. (Especially in dying flowers.)
    As for me, I don’t really have a groove. If I did, I suppose it would be ‘Castles’. Here is one example.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Sue

      Ah yes, I do believe it might have been you who called me “the mistress of decay”!! I remember some of your castle images, Pete

  4. Love that one of Rievaulx, Sue. Never fancied Spinalonga. 🤔💟

  5. A great groove indeed. I love that all the photos bring wanderlust. Makes me want to go explore, see more, hear the quiet, the footsteps. I love this. My favorite it was of the run-in of Jervoulx Abbey. While untended, the plants cape sure seems at home. Donna

  6. I love a good ruin as well Sue although the ones here are quite boring

  7. Great response to this challenge Sue. I enjoy photographing old rusted this also. Your ruins photos are exceptional. Thanks for joining in.

  8. Wow! The awesome beauty of time’s decay & ruins. I can see why it’s your groove!

  9. Ruins are kind of my thing too!

  10. Ah, ruins – you are really a specialist there! Too! I love it when you capture the atmosphere with some shadows or a frame…you are the best.

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