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    Question "At a crossroads" or "At the crossroads"

    Hello.
    I will have a photo fair, and due to variety of photo genres in the fair it was hard to make decision of the name/heading for the fair. And here came an idea for using "at a crossroads". But I am stuck with should I use article "the" or "a" in the name?

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    Re: "At a crossroads" or "At the crossroads"

    Both are correct. If it is the only crossroads, then use the, but if it is a more general idea of roads crossing, then I would use a. From what you have said, it does sound more a case for the indefinite article (a) to me. Others may feel differently, I'm afraid.

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    Re: "At a crossroads" or "At the crossroads"

    Tdol, I am grateful for your answer.

    The usage of this phrase will be in non physical way - cause it feels like I am at a/the crossroads in my thoughts and can't decide which how to name the exhibition.

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    Re: "At a crossroads" or "At the crossroads"

    I don't think "crossroad" suggests anything descriptive of a photo fair.

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    #5

    Re: "At a crossroads" or "At the crossroads"

    It sounds like you're making a metaphor about life being a journey, and on that journey you're currently at a crossroad(s).

    Since life tends to have many such crossroads, as per Tdol's suggestion above, I'd use 'at a crossroad(s)'.
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    Re: "At a crossroads" or "At the crossroads"

    not a teacher

    The usage of this phrase will be in non physical way - cause it feels like I am at a/the crossroads in my thoughts and can't decide which how to name the exhibition.

    I must admit that, like Mike, I find this a strange name for a show of photos of various genres. If the photos had a common theme relating to people or institutions being at a decisive point in their lives or development, then it might be appropriate. To me, "at a/the crossroads" doesn't mean not being able to come to a satisfying conclusion about something.
    Not being more familiar with the event and the work, it's difficult to suggest something that might be more appropriate. If there truly is a great variety of subjects and approaches, then perhaps "From All Angles", or something similar might work. It's a common English phrase expressing the idea of examining something from many viewpoints. Just a thought.

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    Re: "At a crossroads" or "At the crossroads"

    Or Different Viewfinders - except that most photographers today use SLR cameras, which don't have a viewfinder in the original sense.

    Or Different Perspectives/Views/Point of View?

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    Re: "At a crossroads" or "At the crossroads"

    Decent DSLRs have both a rear screen and a viewfinder. My ex-flatmate is a professional photographer and he always uses the viewfinder.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "At a crossroads" or "At the crossroads"

    indeed they do. But in my youth a viewfinder gave an approximation to the actual photo, taken from a slightly different angle than the lens. With an SLR you actually look through the lens (via a prism, which explains the clunk you hear when it moves out of the way and lets the light in).

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