Telephone boxes in the main street of Penzance; 27 Apr 2012.

These two telephone boxes stand beside the road in Penzance’s main street but, because the pavement is raised, it is possible to photograph them straight on, rather than having to look up at them.  They are in poor condition and badly in need of attention – but this semi-dereliction makes for a strong photographic subject.

I’ve taken them into mono and restored some of their characteristic colour, and also increased structure to help emphasise their grimy, peeling surfaces.

Nikon D700 with 70mm-300mm VR Nikkor at 300mm; 800 ISO; converted to mono with selective colour restoration and other manipulation in Silver Efex Pro 2.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer - using mono, colour and combinations of the two - many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous, trying new ideas, working in multiple genres. And I've a weakness for Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. Meanderer says:

    I love this one from before and I have the JPEG to prove it 🙂


  2. Sallyann says:

    I love old red telephone boxes, and these are most definitely old red telephone boxes. 🙂
    Very nice. 🙂


  3. skuk2 says:

    Nice image, I like the colour treatment you’ve applied to it and the vignette to focus attention on the wording.

    They’re such a strong subject in that condition it would be interesting to see if you’ve got a version with more of them showing.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thanks, Steve! There’s colour and then there’s SEP2 restored colour and, often, the latter doesn’t look exactly right, which I think a good thing. No, my pictures are all of this type – I took them from the upper road, and so did’t see the boxes’ bases. Thanks again! Adrian


This blog has two pleasures for me - creating the images and hearing from you - so get your thoughts out to the world!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: