Lens-Artists Challenge #38 – Weathered or Worn

“Sometimes when you are falling down, you grow wings to fly.”

Debasish Mridha



Ann-Christine challenges us this week with her worn or weathered theme. Unfortunately this one is made easier by the number of dilapidated, unattended houses we often see in our travels. The scene captured in my opening image, for example, is from a beautiful golf course my husband and I played in rural upstate New York. I found myself wondering why it was left standing there but forgot to ask as we finished playing. It didn’t help my game that I spent time with the camera during the round but it did add even more interest to a beautiful day 😊.



“You may delay, but time will not.”

Benjamin Franklin

Time passes, there’s simply no way around it. We can try to fight it, or we can embrace it and accept the changes that it brings. Along with wrinkles we develop (hopefully) a better understanding of the world around us and our place within it. We may not be as fast as we once were but we become better at finding the best route – both physically and metaphorically. We have a clear idea of the things that are most important to us and we have more  free time to focus on them. 



“My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”

Dr. Seuss

I read something interesting recently in Scientific American about the concept of time growing shorter as we age. It begins to feel as if the days/weeks/months/years are flying by. Actually it’s our brain’s perception of time that is changing.  Scientists believe there are several influencers, but one in particular got my attention –  “the amount of time passed relative to one’s age varies”.  For example to a 5-year-old, one year is 20% of their life.  For a 50-year-old it is more like 2%. This “ratio theory” suggests we compare time to the total amount of time we’ve already lived. Huh, who knew?! (You can read the full article here.)



“Time does not pass, it continues.”

Marty Rubin

My favorite part of the article was its closing thought. The authors suggested we appease ourselves with the knowledge that “time is not literally going faster as we age”. So the next time you feel like it is, take a moment to slow down, notice your surroundings, calm yourself and enjoy the peace and quiet. We DEFINITELY get more of that as we age, right?



“The only things you can ever really do to time is enjoy it, or waste it.”

A.J. Compton

My husband and I are visiting with family and friends on the west coast this week – an excellent way to pass some very memorable time! Enjoy the moments and we’ll hope to see you next week when Amy brings us Challenge #39.









87 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #38 – Weathered or Worn

  1. Great post, Tina. I see these photos, and a big part of me wishes I could be in those shots and live in this place… Romanticizing the west, small town, weathered and worn life, there is nothing better ~ and the older I get, the more I buy into this kind of thinking 🙂

  2. I love these images, Tina- missed the post as I was away, but I know you do some great images of weathered/decayed things, so I had to take a look. Fresh air view is marvellous – where/what is the building?

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  4. Time is all relative. It depends upon which benchmark you use as your reference point. On some days, there are not enough hours. But on others, there are too many.

    Those dilapidated, vacant homes you have seen, they are waiting for someone to document their presence. You happen to be the someone. 🙂

    O/T: I’ve relaunched my IG account, @team_krw. For the moment, it’s private.

  5. Loved the comments about time moving faster a we grow older. The photos were lovely – first look made me a little depressed, but found myself getting lost in them the more I looked at them.Safe travels…

  6. These are rustics beauty, Tina, as they age not even weathered nor worn out. I could see myself seating in one of those chairs to pass time and watch the world go by.

  7. Beautiful images as always Tina.
    I have read about that time ratio theory before and i feel it holds true. A good reminder to slow down:-)

  8. Love your excellent take on this – sepia is of course perfect when it comes to this theme. I feel strongly about Down on the Farm – its details and depth. And thank you for the article in Scientific American – those thoughts and questions, which almost all of us have about time, might be answered. It sounds very rational and possible that it would work that way. Wishing you a continuous geat time with your family and friends!

  9. Love your take on weathering and the clever processing of these images. ‘Down on the Farm’ is fabulous, like a very old lithograph. And I adore the ‘Take a Seat’. I’d be very happy to take them 🙂 And yes, I have always reckoned on the ratio factor when considering how time passes. It still goes too fast though!

  10. Time …heard once it’s kinda like a roll of TP … near the end it seems to run out so quickly!
    Love what you captured & wrote T; & having grown up surrounded by family farms, old barns are special to me. Thanks!

  11. Beautiful thoughts and images, Tina. I also have the impression that time is passing faster, so the Scientific American article was reassuring. My favorite images this week are the last 2. They are marvelous in sepia. Great details.

  12. Time is well expressed through your beautiful words and photos. Very clever to blend it with the weathered or worn theme. Love the last quote especially.
    Thank you, Tina for this inspiring post!

  13. Enjoy your visit to a very different part of the US, Tina. These are lovely weathered photos and I enjoyed your thoughtful prose as well. Farm buildings that are falling down make me sad as well as leave me wanting to take photos. It’s interesting that in Europe, weathered building look, on the whole, less forlorn and ramshackle to me than those in the US. Perhaps it’s because they’re in a place where history extends so much further.

    Sometimes I stop and think that 20 years now is just under a third of the time I’ve been alive, so if I live another 20 years, I have quite a bit of time left. 🙂 However, I still want to stop and think how to make the best use of it.


  14. I’m always drawn to these rough, worn textures as a photographer, maybe because I’m such a neatnik myself! While I enjoy a distressed finish here and there, or an old brick wall or two, in general I am always scrubbing and sanding and freshening up my own environment. Given these proclivities, my husband always laughs when I get entranced by an old falling-down barn or crumbling wall on our travels! All of your images are great, but I particularly like the farm one.

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