ARCHIVE 84 – PAVEMENT IN YATE (MONO + COLOUR)

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Manhole cover in a pavement at Yate, near Bristol; 2 June 2012.

The pavement was photographed using the wideangle end of the G11’s zoom, which is 28mm (35mm equivalent), to get a little wideangle stretch / distortion in the shot – a 20mm or 24mm lens would have been better for this.  In SEP2, I’ve re-introduced colour to both the pavement’s pinker and the darker areas, which has produced a nicely unreal, mottled effect. 

Then rotation lifts the cover up above the slightly more distant parts of the pavement, so that the area containing the cover seems nearer to us, while everything else appears to be disappearing off to a vanishing point at bottom right.

The almost square outline may be a window looking out (or in) from our world to another.  But after initial excitement, we are disillusioned to find that this other world offers no respite from our own, unlonged for, reality.

Canon G11 PowerShot; 400 ISO; conversion to mono, and selective colour restoration, in Silver Efex Pro 2; rotated 90 degrees clockwise.
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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.

12 Responses to ARCHIVE 84 – PAVEMENT IN YATE (MONO + COLOUR)

  1. Malin H says:

    A bit surreal, and I like that a lot!!

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  2. LensScaper says:

    Turning the world upside down very effectively and challenges our perspective and our normal rational approach. A touch of Escher about it? I too like the gritty colouring.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, Escher, I think so. Its always good to look at images, especially something like this, from all directions, and flip it this way and that – turning it inside out, I suppose! And the unreality of restored colour helps too.

      Thanks for your appreciation, Andy – hope you’re fine this Sunday morning. Adrian

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  3. Through the looking glass, or through the pinkish bricks. Either way, an escape from reality. Is there such a thing? Maybe in books. Ahhh. We must make the best of it all, eh? Fabulous, A.
    xxx
    ATP

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Gem, thank you. Fantasy is an escape from reality, and fantasy can certainly help us cope with reality. Some of my pictures are actually categorised as Fantasy, but many others are not straight representations of reality and hence must contain some element of fantasy – so its not just books that we can turn to.

      But you’re right, in the end we must “make the best of it all”, as you and I know, maybe too well. Hang on in there, my friend. A xxx

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  4. Meanderer says:

    Love the colours here, and the overall ‘grittiness’! I’m not sure I’d want to open that window 🙂

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      In case of a Pandora’s Box effect? Restored colours can be rather untrue and I like that, it makes the images that unsettling bit unreal. Thank you for your thoughts, M. A

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  5. Emily Gooch says:

    Love the composition, and processing Adrian. The first thing that came to my mind… it reminds me of a MC Escher drawing. Yes, my wild imagination is working overtime again. 😉

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Hi, Em – thanks for your appreciation! Escher, absolutely! Well just you love and value that imagination of your’s, you keep it working overtime until its up to Olympic fitness! Imagination may not be THE most important thing in Life, but its certainly up there amongst the front runners, its a real gift.

      I hope things are going well for you, my friend. Adrian 🙂

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