What Would Your Great-grandparents Have Said?

While preparing this post and specifically selecting the featured photo, from somewhere in the depths of my mind, this question popped up: What would your great-grandparents have said?

I imagined them looking outside from a window back in time, hence the sepia color, and seeing the current world in fast motion. Would they be shocked with the view of skyscrapers involved with the colorful night lights, as well for hearing the city noise with cars moving at high-speed?

And going forward, after deciding to jump into the future, would they want to stay here after experiencing the facilities and comfort of modern life, assuming that they were not lost, hungry and confused, while wandering through the streets…

How would you continue this narrative? What would this image evoke to you, if you would be in their place?

Skyscrapers night photography at low exposure.
Skyscrapers night photography




I am submitting these photos to WP Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract.


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22 thoughts on “What Would Your Great-grandparents Have Said?

  1. Very fine abstracts – especially the sepia toned picture: It has a modern classic feel to it. Emil Schuhmacher? Johnny Friedlaender? It does evoke other pictures for me – which I believe is something good.


    1. Your comment humbles me. Thank you! I’m just about to post a second series of abstracts, and have thought about you when I selected one of them. Hope you will find it out why.
      Thank you again and have a nice week.


  2. Regarding the first three images they wouldn’t have considered them as photos , I think….

    As for the last one , they would have been persuaded that the camera had to be repaired……
    Sorry , but I just tried to enter my ancestors’minds!

    I love your photos instead!


  3. My great grandfather helped to build NYC, with thousands of other Italian immigrants, and then lived close by his entire life, so I don’t think he would be surprised at all to see what has been done there.

    Also, I am reminded by your question of my learning in college about the large Italian workshops that created the beautiful art during the Renaissance that we so admire today. These “schools” or “shops” were so busy that often the students would do much of the work and the “master” only the finishing touches.

    Every generation thinks they are the most “modern” and the most “busy” and each is… in their own way.


    1. Hi Stella, thank you so much for popping up, and for your insightful and informative comment.
      How fascinating to have a grandfather who helped to build NYC! You might be very proud.
      In fact you’re so right about current generations’ mindset on what is modern or old. And the belief goes on with each new generation. Even though a lot is repeated, copied, improved from the past. Some say we repeat history, by not studying it, and missing to understand where we come from and how we got here. Isn’t it?
      Again, thank you so much for commenting. I really enjoyed reading it. Cheers.


  4. Like scenes from a dream Lucile. I’m coming to Amaterdam so you can teach me how to do photos like these. Ben’s going to have a tough time figuring which of your photos to feature 😄


    1. Yes, please, come to Amsterdam and I’ll show to you. You’ll be surprised how easy it is; but I shouldn’t tell you that to make motion blur photos and use some filters afterwards is a piece of cake, otherwise you won’t come… Thank you! ❤

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  5. I love these — especially the last! Two of my great grandparents survived until the 1970s (the ones I knew) so I guess they both lived through one of the fastest-changing periods of history. They were born into Victorian Britain, and lived to see the first moon landing.


      1. You’ve got me wondering now! I think they were pretty laid-back about most things. They married and had their first child while they were 17; my great grandad lost a leg in WWI and spent years in rehabilitation. Great granny was a diabetic with a ferocious sweet tooth. They raised five kids, and ended up raising a couple of grand kids as well. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 1968 and although about half their descendants weren’t present (mostly because, like my folks, they had emigrated), they still managed to fill a hall with people. I feel very lucky to have known three of my grandparents and even more fortunate that my son still has all four.


        1. Thanks for sharing your family memories, Su. I enjoyed reading it. It’s a fantastic narrative. People had to go through a lot in those days and invariably persisted and raised their families against all odds. Inspiring.
          I can imagine your happiness to have known 3 of them.


  6. Any comments I would make can’t compete with those already written. You’re very versatile, Lucile, and excel at some many different types of photography. I really enjoyed these abstracts.

    As for my great-grandparents, who knows? I’m sure anyone coming from that long ago would be somewhat overwhelmed, at least by technology if nothing else. But many people are quite adaptable and enjoy the new. I think my great-grandfather who lived on the farm would be surprised at the size of equipment and some of the huge farms, but I think he’d also feel at home there and in the smaller towns that still exist in many places, including the Midwest US where he lived after coming here from Germany.



  7. I see a rather grand, four master, sailing ship, in a fog but then, while I hope I’m not old enough to be your great grandparent, I might be old enough to be your grandparent. It’s a very appealing image


    1. Hello Dermott, thanks for visiting and commenting.
      How interesting that you see a sailing ship! Some months ago I photographed several tall ships during Amsterdam’s Tall Ship festival, and treated one of the photos in the same way I did for this photo. Funny that you made this association, because I had the same thought.
      That just shows that it doesn’t matter if you’re old enough to be my grandparent or else.
      Thanks again for your lovely comment.

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