Selfie in the Magic Carpark
Me in the Magic Carpark, on Tadham Moor; 27 Aug 2014.

Standing in the mouth of the Magic Carpark.  The ground under The FATman feels the strain, and the talking scales for weighing cattle say “One at a time, please.”.  

And why “Magic”?  Because, nearly 20 years ago, I suffered terrible losses, and this simple, unprepossessing little place played a very definite part in keeping me hanging on in there.  When visiting these flatlands I’m always here and, under the big Levels skies, I always feel its peace and calm.  Now, when my world is voluntarily contracting into west and southwest England, maybe this carpark, and that narrow road heading on up northwards, are my favourite places of all to be.

And that single track road stretching off northwards across Tealham Moor is Jack’s Drove, and there are Willows flanking it on the left, and Alders on the right.  The high ground in the distance is up around Wedmore – these highlands were islands when, not so long ago, the lowlands were covered by open water and marsh.

The tarmac cutting left-right across the frame is the single track Totney Drove.  The farmer has (unusually) tried to prevent access to the Magic Carpark, but some charitably minded soul has pulled down the multi coloured length of rope used for the purpose, which you can see, blue and orange, on the ground behind me.

The camera is balanced on its neckstrap, up on the roof of my car; and I’m in my “And what the bloody hell do you want?” stance.  Oh yes, and being here, we’re below sea level – and I can’t swim.

D800 with 12-24 Sigma at 24mm; 200 ISO; Color Efex Pro 4.

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. Malin H says:

    A lovely post and a lovely self portrait, my friend.


  2. Everyone needs a magic place and like you mine is looking across the wide fields here to a distant Wood.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I think you’re right about everyone needing such a place – such a retreat maybe – but I wonder if everyone realises that they do? An essential bit of “Life Kit”! Thank you for your thoughts. A


  3. LensScaper says:

    I guess we all have those particular places that have special meaning to us, for one reason or another. There is something very comforting about the familiar too. Nice to see you, head to toe, on such a beautiful day – we could do with a few more of them. I was reading only the other day what a grim August it has been for much of northern europe this year. Dare we hope September will lift our spirits? – I think I’ll dare.


  4. Hello Adrian, I’m so busy at the mo that I haven’t even turned my computer on for days! What a wonderful photo of you and in THE magic carpark. Always good to be able to put into context a place that is obviously so important to someone. Thank you for sharing 🙂


  5. krikitarts says:

    How nice to see you in one of your favorite places, and what a fine idea to do so, complete with the poignant background. I have a few places that are very dear to my heart, too. Don’t we all?


  6. Sonali Dalal says:

    aha! at last i see you :). Wonderful way to present youself. landscape and you somehow go together.


  7. So good to ‘see’ you. Of course I saved this image. It will be my ‘go to’ when I need to smile. Like now. 🙂
    Best selfie EVER!

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  8. Hello! Nice to see you 🙂 Sorry to hear that you suffered but glad that, like me, you found a special place to keep you grounded!

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  9. paula graham says:

    Moving text to go with your photo, Adrian, as it speaks from the heart.


  10. Meanderer says:

    Excellent! A full frontal for this fine Friday morning 🙂

    Seriously, though, this is a wonderful portrait. There’s a feeling of balance in scale between you and the Natural landscape: one doesn’t dominate the other. Your choice of colour of clothing fits in with this landscape too: the colours of the sky and the ground. You look very much as one in this special place of yours – a place where you have felt as one with your surroundings and have found stillness of mind, perhaps, and peace.

    Excellent portrait, Adrian.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I used the word “touched” in my reply to Sue Vincent, M, and I’m going to use it again here. I’m touched by your words and I thank you for them – they seem very considered, and also calm, and I get much from reading them.

      The surreal rears its head nevertheless – I choose the colour of my clothing???!!! Well, ok, maybe I do in that its rarely bright – dayglow orange would not be the thing here, although it does occur … on others …

      Yes, that puts it well, a special place of mine; and at peace, at one with it all – you’ve caught it exactly. Its simple, flat, wet, rough pasture, but … wow! …

      And full frontal? Well, it would spook the cows, that’s for sure. I’d be trampled under hoof …

      Thank you for your words, my friend. A 🙂


  11. Sue Vincent says:

    I can understand that Magic.
    Lovely photo Adrian.


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