The picture is an imprint of a photographer's imagination and soul through a lens.

Is the whole sentence structure correct? Is it "a lens" or "the lenses."

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    Note, this is not a 'complex sentence'; it contains only one clause. In addition, the use of 'lens' vs 'lenses' is not really about English; either can be used. – Alan Carmack Nov 10 '16 at 10:07
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    The sentence structure is fine. Whether lens should be singular or plural depends on the context, not the sentence structure. – Lawrence Nov 10 '16 at 10:09
  • Andrew Leach writes: ♦"through the lens of..." is a fixed phrase in English and always singular. And the fact that there is more than one physical lens in a camera doesn't make "a lens" actually incorrect, either, (a) because there is a lens; (b) because a complex optical system operates as a single lens, albeit adjustable. 'Lenses' is being too literal.♦ – Edwin Ashworth Nov 10 '16 at 12:51
  • It's figurative and poetic. The choice of "lens" or "lenses" is the choice of the poet. (Besides, only one "lens", in the photography sense, is involved in a single "picture".) – Hot Licks Nov 10 '16 at 12:57

It is fine as it stands. The picture is imprinting both imagination and soul in 1 picture so was taken with 1 lens (singular). Modern camera lenses are made up of a number of lens elements - possibly why there is some confusion in previous answer.

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