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Lawrence James Cornell
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
United Kingdom
For the past few years I have spent my spare time travelling to different parts of the UK to try to get to know my own country and its people better. Photography is my passion. I hope my pictures tell the story I want to tell.

Please respect my right to my images. If you want to use them for any reason please contact me first and ask me. Otherwise I retain all copyright to all of my work.

Please fave as many pictures as you like. I appreciate all of them. What I love is comments. Please leave comments. I will always reply to comments.

“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.” Don McCullin

“I think about photographs as being full, or empty. You picture something in a frame and it’s got lots of accounting going on in it–stones and buildings and trees and air – but that’s not what fills up a frame. You fill up the frame with feelings, energy, discovery, and risk, and leave room enough for someone else to get in there.” – Joel Meyerowitz

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Angel without Wings Award by Nameda
  • Listening to: Dean Martin
  • Reading: The Road To Little Dribbling
  • Watching: Rare Exports
  • Playing: At photography
  • Eating: An apple
  • Drinking: Coffee
                                                Chetsnuts roasting on an open fire                                                 
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos

Everybody knows a turkey and some
Mistletoe help to make the season bright
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight

They know that Santa’s on his way
He's loaded lots of toys and goodies
On his sleigh
And every mother's
Child is gonna spy to see if
Reindeer really know how to fly

And so, I'm offering this
Simple phrase to kids from
One to ninety-two
Altho' it's been said many times
Many ways
“Merry Christmas to you”

In many ways I can't believe a year has passed since my last Christmas feature and yet, in many other ways I can't believe so much has happened since then. It would be easy to become a little depressed at this time if you think of how many people left us in 2016 both those close to us and much loved musicians and actors. I can't remember another year quite like it. Then there was Brexit over here in the UK which has somewhat divided the country. The election of Donald Trump in the USA which has also been the cause of some division in America. There has been much this year that has revolved around extreme positions with little in the way of middle ground. To my dismay the world seems a much more divided place at the end of this year than it did at the end of last year. I didn't think that was going to happen. So often in life you don't know what is going to happen and you can't really plan for it. For most of us our lives just continue and we have our daily troubles to deal with just as we did before and just as we will tomorrow. Well that is the way it has always been. I have little faith in those that run our countries and I find Christmas to be a most cleansing time. I spend my life trying to be the best "me" I can be. Christmas gives me a chance to really enjoy the love I feel all year round for my fellows. 
I revel in the trappings, traditions and nonsense that Christmas has become. I love Christmas songs (well, most of them :lol:) and old Christmas movies. I put them on like the biggest winter sweater and rejoice in their warmth. I can forget about the bigger troubles in the world for a few days and I absolutely love these few days. :heart: Being with those I love will be even more important this year as there are two notable dear friends who will be missing. It means I will make the most of the time I have with my those close to me. It means more than ever before. Just being with these people and being alive are my greatest gift this year. Nothing will top that. I have never been more aware of my own mortality and the mortality of those I love. I will never take another moment on this planet for granted as long as I live. Every moment is a gift and I will use every moment to its maximum. 

                                                                                       ‘’No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused.’’  Dickens

I am a lucky guy. I know that. There are many people in the world much worse off than me. It is to these people that I turn my attention at this time of year. There is a guy called Peter who is homeless. He lives in London and I see him once a month as I walk along the Thames to visit a client. He sells the Big Issue charity mgazine near Blackfriars Bridge. We always speak to each other and I buy my copy of the magazine from him. I found out that he likes Hot Chocolate and sweet things in general. He has nothing in the world other than what he stands up in. Last week I bought him a large hot chocolate, a gingerbread muffin and a chocolate brownie. I stood with him and drank my coffee while he enjoyed his treats. He had tears in his eyes as he thanked me but he said that what he really thanked me for was for the time I spend with him just saying good morning and passing the time of day each month and for not just giving him his treats and going straight away. Those few fleeting moments which I spend with him mean so much to him. More than anything I can give him. It was a lesson to me that what means little to you can mean so much more to someone else. And that this is often a small thing. People remember the small things that have a special meaning to them. I don't tell you this because I think it makes me look good I tell you this so you might also be able to affect someone's life in a positive way by not doing very much but by doing the thing that they really appreciate. It really can be something very small.


So at this time of year please find it in your hearts to be kind to those less fortunate than ourselves. Help an elderly neighbour if they need it. Get them some shopping, make them a coffee, sweep their path. 
Maybe they too lost someone this year and find themselves alone for the first time this Christmas. If there is anything you can do to help someone just do it and give them a big smile. A smile is infectious. It spreads quickly and it spreads far. :D

I wish I was a child again. I used to be so excited at this time of year. I couldn't sleep for my excitement. I wanted so much to hear those sleigh bells in the night on Christmas Eve and press my face to the cold window to see Santa and Rudolph flying across the sky. I never did see them but I never stopped believing. OK, I might not actually believe in Santa in the same way but I believe in the magic that Santa and his reindeer represent. In fact I have that excitement in me right now as I write this. I hope you do too. It is a lovely feeling to have. 

Now I would like to share some art with you. More beautiful images from you amazing people. It is such a treat to look through all the pictures that appear in my in box. This is a selection from those I have favourited since my last feature. You all just fill me with awe. I love your pictures and I love your creativity and I love your friendship. I love all of you for all your kindness towards me. :hug:
Please enjoy these pictures and fav any you like and maybe, if you have time, let the artists know by dropping them a brief comment. Thank you so much for your time. 

Have yourself a merry little christmas by Finnyanne    Treasure of the Forest by aw-landscapes    Card From Santa by vanndra    keep together by ColorfulLadybug    Astonishing Life by AlicesPlace    

White lily in black by poisen2014    The Birch's Touch by Lorelyne   Eternal Winter V by Aenea-Jones    Day 70 of 365 - Rockin' around the Christmas tree by TheRafflesia    Grey Wood's Path by JanuarysDaughter   Merry Christmas DA by Ambruno    

The fog hug by sistersinnister    Wintery reflections by AngiWallace    The only thing I know for sure by billlet-doux   A crow funeral by Morgan-Lou    

Yule by EnchantedWhispersArt           Add Beauty to the branches in your own way... by ansdesign              THE Dead Tree again by AlicesPlace              As of this morning by DaniRDA    

Warm Thoughts by dashakern          Snow is coming IV by VesnaRa14          How You See the World by Mouselemur          Give Me A Kiss! by EmMelody    

Happy Holidays! by EyeOfTheKat    Christmas ID by KarinClaessonArt   MERRY CHRISTMAS DAYS  FOR ALL MY BAZAART FRIENDS by IlonavanderWeyden    Peace On Earth To All Man Kind by LUCILALEYLA    Longing for Spring by EyeOfTheKat    

Remarkable dust of sandWhen you feel insignificant
as if you're only just a grain of sand,
a microscopic particle
whom nobody notices
Maybe you're a granule in a desert,
a pellet on a riverbottom,
a spark of light
or a gliding fragment
in a sunlit dusty room...
When you're feeling frail
as if the slightest windblow
could sweep you away
and you think you're worthless
Ease your senses and remember
how you beat the odds
when you came to exist
and how wonderful it is
to have life's mysteries
to ponder about
all the good
and all the bad
are opportunities
to learn and evolve
Remember that you have
a voice of your own,
a life only you can lead
Don't ever lend that power
to anyone else
Only you can play your part
Don't wait,
you have everything you need
it's all within you
        Christmas Calendar Day 12 by LKivihall      In a Pickle by GlassHouse-1        A very Merry Christmas to alllllll by 1001G       Santacat by Melusine8       Snowkitty by vampk1tty       Castle by LidiaRossana  

Tick tock by SilverMixx    winter's tale III by JoannaRzeznikowska    Winter rowan by Morgan-Lou      ... by BaxiaArt   

The Christmas Angel by taiama    Stoned by IdaBarracuda    Let it Snow! by LiliaLaurent    Vanillin Scape by dashakern    Tombe la neige by dashakern   

Elastic Heart by Yuukon       Little Stare by EmMelody      I told you it was cold.. by MaaykeKlaver        Ho Ho Ho! by Scooby777  

-withered palm leaf- by Gold-Angel    love of nature by Andaelentari    Forest by Axreb    Color my world by Morgan-Lou   

the best part of being home by Rona-Keller    Cry Away by whispersoftheblue    Marvels of nature by Floreina-Photography    four walls and a roof by billlet-doux   Stone Burqa by richardcgreen   Red and Blue by RiaRi08   

Wellington bog view by AngiWallace             Birthday Train! by mockingbirdontree            49/52 Love at First Sight by VelvetRedBullet  

Symphony ( Copy) by nehab16     Nature Boy by Yuukon    COSMOS. by BELLESYMPHORINE   Blue Heart by thedaydreaminggirl  

Untitled by Nikoletta-Kolozs    WInter lantern by gigi50    ---- by StonyStoneIsStoned2  

Fukuoka in the evening by LunaFeles    Early December by BlueCaroline     Salinas Valley by chateaugrief    Hiding In Plain Sight by veeegeee  

It's that time of the year by DaniRDA    Night at the museum by Crannogphotographic   St. Nicholas by LewisKocher   Reciprocus by aspruli    postcard set 'autumn memories' by Rona-Keller    Morannon by Lorelyne   

Giving Life by aw-landscapes          November fog by Ingelore         The Submerged Mongolian Emperor by richardcgreen         On my way... #2 by eegariM    

Soum de Grum by Annabelle-Chabert    Leaf it behind by Nikonfinest    Organized chaos.. by ansdesign    Golden Dust by Melusine8   

Holiday-Goddess by EnchantedWhispersArt    Asphalt Ephemera by richardcgreen    Loch Achtriochtan by AngiWallace    Enchanted by AnnMarieBone   Advent by artismagica  

Silvery River by LiliaLaurent    The Nightmare Before Christmas by borda     Now I believe in miracles by Vera-Orlova     Moch Sa Mhadainn by CleaLlyfr    Silence by irrationalrationale   

Yeah, About That by Nikki-vdp    the mountaindays XXXII by Bodhisattvacary    It'll be here before you know it... by SenoritaBlack    Lucid Dreaming by Metal-Bender    Landmark by SilverMixx   

Jocelyne's Little Pirate by saperlipop   2016 27 by bindii    Joy by linneaphoto   Brown Bear by linneaphoto  

. by invisigoth88     Etude de jeune fille  2 by ClairObscur16    Around the Corner by LidiaRossana    Day 47 of 365 - Web of the urban spider by TheRafflesia   ...Burning Fate... by EsotericIllusion 

Thank you all so much for looking through these pictures. I hope you found something to enjoy :D

All that remains is for me to tell you all that I love you. I love my time here on dA with all of you. I wish I had more time. Despite my best efforts, work still takes up too much of my time. That fact does, however, make the time I can spend with you all the more precious. 
I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2017. Things can only get better. 
Be with the ones you love. Spend your time doing the important things, the right things. Don't let your life be taken over by small irritations. Love those who are dear to you and let them know. 
Smile and be happy. Enjoy your time on this planet and enjoy your time with each other.
I love you all :heart:



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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional General Artist
From the bottom of my heart... I thank you...
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Photographer
my very great pleasure Tea :hug:
Thesadkid Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Traditional Artist
Heyyy thanks so much for the watch! <3
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Millzie :)
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Thanks for the cake and birthday wishes! :iconbigheartplz:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Gryffgirl :hug:
angra1811 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing gallery!!!!...beautifull landscapes and great photos...:)
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
I'm pleased to meet you :iconhowdyplz:
yadiyada27 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Thank you kindly Lawrence :rose:.
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Always my pleasure dear Yadi :hug: :iconhatsoffplz:
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