The long and, apparently, hardly winding road….

A straight and level road is as unusual in life as it is in tarmacadam. It may appear that way but there will always be little unexpected dips, twists and turns for which we can never be fully prepared.  We fail to profit from the journey, the excitement of travelling down the road,  because we are physically so engaged in the mechanics of getting “there ” and mentally so involved in creating our own image of the good or the bad of that destination.  Pleasure and anticipation exist at the planning stage but these qualities magically metamorphose into urgency for the journey to be over very soon after the wheels have started turning. We squander the majority of life’s joy in getting to an unclear “there”, as each “there” appears to be nothing but a staging post for the next “there”, and we hold out so much hope that the next “there” will be so much better than the “there” in which we presently are. 

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Photographer and film maker living in France. After a long career in London, my wife and I have settled in the Vendee, where we run residential digital photography courses with a strong gastronomic flavour.
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35 Responses to The long and, apparently, hardly winding road….

  1. Sara says:

    Well said! Here’s to the journey every time.

  2. discovervin says:

    Loving your landscape Hockneyesque phase

  3. Truer words were never spoken…Don’t stop trying to ‘get there,’ but enjoy the proccess as much as the destination…or more.
    Lovely photos.

  4. ChgoJohn says:

    Short & sweet, Roger. Great post!

  5. spree says:

    “there” is merely here, but with a little tee. and by the time we get there, it’ll be cold. why can we humans so seldom love thoroughly the here that is here? young children do it so well – the old seem to do it increasingly well as they age. so there’s hope, and it’s just around the corner! 🙂 (that sounds an awful lot like a “there” though)

  6. Pretty long but not winding road:) Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. I remember a friend telling me I should choose the scenic route, even when driving on errands around the city and I do this all the time now… just to enjoy the journey!!

  7. Nice Hockney-inspired here, there and arrival!

  8. well done images; so creative! As for the last sentence, I can’t believe it made sense with so much ‘there’-‘there’ repetition. But it did and it was well-said.

  9. Mad Dog says:

    It looks to me like the camera got there before you 😉

    I saw the Hockney exhibition yesterday – it was excellent!

  10. Really fascinating! And images fit so well with Beatles soundtrack…

  11. I like how your final photo looks almost like a watercolor painting. Nice!

  12. ....RaeDi says:

    I’ve been there… several times… maybe I need to rethink it as you have done… love your words! The photos are incredible!

  13. John Harvey says:

    Very true. Very Zen.

  14. Never a truer word…and the journey is half the fun!

  15. ceciliag says:

    well you know that old saying.. life is a journey not a destination.. I love to travel for this very reason.. loved this road too.. c

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