A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.Jean de La Fontaine
I cannot, of course, photograph the future. I could perhaps take photos of futuristic sights and buildings, but they would still be very much of the present.
Looking for inspiration for this week’s Sunday Stills theme of the future, I turned as I often do to quotations, and the one above leapt out at me. People often talk about the future in terms of a road we are travelling, don’t they? And we also often talk about choosing a path or road, making a decision to go this way or that. We say we are ‘at a cross-roads’ or at a fork in the road.
But in truth we can’t know what lies ahead down any of those roads, so our decisions are at best educated guesses as to which would be the best option. In the end we have to trust our instincts and just get moving!
So for my look at the future I decided to look back at some roads I have travelled and photographed. Each of these took me somewhere special, somewhere that made an impression on me and shaped how I see the world. And maybe it’s only by reflecting on past journeys that we can make those decisions that shape our future path?
Anyway, that’s my excuse for choosing this particular compilation of shots as a response to this challenge! Will our future paths lead us through deserts, perhaps, or mountains, or on busy city streets? And will we have some stairs to climb along the way? Who knows what the future holds, but all of these are in my past …
On a dark desert highwayHotel California, The Eagles
Cool wind in my hair
Road through the Atacama Desert, Chile
Road into the Empty Quarter, Oman
The track through the dunes, Wahiba Sands, Oman
When he first came to the mountains his life was far away
On the roadJohn Denver, Rocky Mountain High
The road to the Torres del Paine, Chile
A mountain road in Oman
A path somewhere in rural Umbria, late afternoon
The stories that they tellCarole King, City Streets
Traffic in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
Les Invalides, Paris
Piccadilly Circus during lockdown, London
Off the beaten path
I’m off an’ runnin’
Clear off the beaten pathDavid Lee Roth, Lady Luck
The causeway to Holy Island, north east England
A road in rural Rajasthan, India
A track through the tea plantations in Munnar, Kerala, India
There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to heavenLed Zeppelin, Stairway to Heaven
Stairs down to the past? In Corinaldo, Marche, Italy
Stairs up to the future? Star Trek exhibition, MoPop in Seattle, WA