Reflected selfie, in an abstract painting in the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; 15 May 2014.

I’ve joined The University of the Third Age, which is an organisation that encourages retired people to get together for interesting / inspiring / recreational activities.  The members form themselves into groups, with absolutely any aim in the world – cookery. walking, crafts, eateries, current affairs, socialising, story telling, bowls, jazz, languages, finance, I.T., mindless hedonism, you name it >>> and just go for it!

One of my chosen groups looks at art exhibitions in and around Bristol, and in Bath too.  And this week the venue was an exhibition entitled “The Power of the Sea”, in the galleries of the Royal West of England Academy.  Many of the works were abstract, which the seven of us struggled with rather, but a Turner certainly got to us more, and there was a magnificent Maggi Hambling bronze of a curling wave –  absolutely beautiful, wow!

And I stood before an abstract of the tide receding over sand, saw myself reflected in the image and thought of a photo, but was inhibited by the presence of security personnel.  But then a notice in another gallery expressly prohibited photography there – but implied that it was ok elsewhere.  So back I went and, without flash of course, took the shot.

The painting’s reddish pigments form a partial wash or veil across a scene which comprises my silhouette, and framed art works on the gallery’s walls.

Psychological analysis of image: desperate attempt to appear arty … no, I don’t unbalance the composition … no, the daub is not groaning “One at a time, please …” … and I can’t pretend to you that I shot from the waist …  because I am currently without one …

Canon G11 PowerShot at 28mm (35mm equivalent); 400 ISO.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. Waist! (Or should I say no waist) Funny. Fabulous photo. I like the smudgy red. (I’m so technical. If too much so let me know.)
    Still thinking you might have broken a rule, but hey! Live dangerously.
    xxx ATP


  2. Clever image Adrian! It took me a while (it is early on a Sunday morning though!) to work out what you had done – then I went back and re-read the text 🙂


  3. Malin H says:

    First of all, The University of the Third Age sounds like a great initiative!
    And looking at exhibitions.. That must fit you perfect.

    I really like your selfie, my friend. I get this floating feeling… I don’t know why, but I do. And the green colour… I had to check the meaning of green colour and I found this:

    “Green symbolizes self-respect and well being. Green is the color of balance. It also means learning, growth and harmony. Green is a safe color, if you don’t know what color to use anywhere use green.

    Green is favored by well balanced people. Green symbolizes the master healer and the life force. It often symbolizes money. It was believed green was healing for the eyes. Egyptians wore green eyeliner. Green eyeshades are still used. You should eat raw green foods for good health. Friday is the day of green. Green jade is a sacred stone of Asia.
    Green Energy

    Green contains the powerful energies of nature, growth, desire to expand or increase. Balance and a sense of order are found in the color green. Change and transformation is necessary for growth, and so this ability to sustain changes is also a part of the energy of green.

    Put some green in your life when you want:

    a new state of balance
    feel a need for change or growth
    freedom to pursue new ideas
    protection from fears and anxieties connected with the demands of others”

    Enjoy the weekend, my friend! :))


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Interesting to hear about green, Malin – and particularly that its safe (and hence its use in traffic lights???), and also the colour to use if no other colour suggests itself. And I down loads of raw green food – mostly salad. >>>>>>>>>>>> but my favourite colour is red, always has been – which would seem to make me the opposite of well balanced …

      Glad you like the image. There’s a pale second reflection of me, and I can see what you mean by floating. Yes, thanks – and you have a good weekend too! We have our first warm, sunny weather and, all the way from Africa, Swifts are screeching overhead and nesting under our roofs! A 🙂


      • Malin H says:

        This thing with colours is both fascinating and interesting, 🙂

        Yes, swifts – my husband told me that he saw them today. :)) It’s a very warm day here today and I’ve enjoyed sun and warmth all day.


  4. Sonali Dalal says:

    VEry intriguing and interesting photograph! I am also fascinated by what you wrote about group you are attending. Sounds so interesting! I wish we had something like this. So whenever I retire, I will have something similar to attend! Can you send me details?


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      The organisation is called the University of the Third Age, the 3rd Age being retirement, which is the age after your childhood and your working life – hence 3rd. It is known as U3A for short, and it is for any retired person, regardless of the age at which they retired. It is a national charity in the UK, and I think it was developed here following its establishment elsewhere – ? the USA or in Europe??? Try a Google search.

      Glad you like the photo! And good to see you back! A 🙂


  5. Meanderer says:

    That’s fun! You have become a work of art!

    I tried a similar thing in the Stonehenge visitor centre. They have an animation of the Stones throughout the seasons and spotlights come on and go off at intervals. I stood in front of the Stones trying to get my silhouette projected but it didn’t work too well. Will have to try again.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I’ve always been a work of art, M … well, you know … underneath … very deep down … 🙂 …

      I’m glad you like this, a bit of an experiment really – semi serious, and also a bit of fun. Another shadow selfie is on its way. A


  6. karijeppesen says:

    Love this very much, Adrian!!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Kari, thank you very much, its very good to hear from you! As you often say to Malin … I’m smiling … Thank you! Adrian 🙂


      • karijeppesen says:

        I am smiling very much too, Adrian!! I see you many times… I am specially drone by your landscapes, the dark and gloomy ones are my favorite, the ones that are beautiful and powerful…and not “pretty”… if you can understand what I mean… (…smiling again…)
        Have a good night!


  7. krikitarts says:

    Don’t you have to pay some kind of royalty for publishing someone else’s work in the UK? Oh, I guess you’ve overlaid enough original stuff to call it (at least partially) your own…Whatever, cool idea, Adrian!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Royalty? Not a concept I subscribe to. I mean, its the queen and all those other anachronisms, isn’t it? Isn’t it time we valued people for their usefulness and purpose? I mean, in the UK, one of the richest countries in the world, can’t we value those who don’t just sit on thrones and who have more money than you or I will even be able to dream about but, rather, those who do something material to address our nation’s child poverty, and our poor peoples’ increasing reliance on food banks?

      Haha! Bet you didn’t expect an answer like that, my friend! 🙂 Trouble is, its all real, and all true.

      I’m pleased that you think the image cool – thank you, Gary! A


      • krikitarts says:

        Sorry to have pulled your political chain, Adrian–I meant ‘royalties,” not “royalty.” At least, that’s what we call it when, for example, if I produce a music CD with a song by Lennon & McCartney, I’d have to pay their music lawyers to be able to borrow it legally. On the other hand, I hear you loudly & clearly and agree completely with a preferable allocation of available resources to the resolution of social problems rather than to other politically-appropriate ends.


        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Haha!!! Oh dear – a sincere apology to you is in order, Gary! I knew exactly what you meant but, mischievously chose to pretend otherwise – APOLOGIES! And you may well be right about royalties – except that the establishment allows photography in all but one of its galleries >>> but maybe they’re anticipating “the selfie, the whole selfie and nothing but the selfie … and nowt else”!!!

          And as to the wealth thing, as I age I see much that I disagree with – but am saved from fretting about it by knowing full well that I’ll never be able to do anything about it. What did I read somewhere? That the realisation that all of Life’s problems are not going to be solved in one’s own lifetime is an important thing – in growing up or some such thing. Too true, Blue! A


  8. RobynG says:

    Excellent Adrian!


  9. Love this selfie!!


  10. Pretty neat and the organization sounds fun and interesting. Enjoy!!!


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