Man holding binoculars
A very old friend, clutching his binoculars, on the top of Sand Point, near Weston-super-Mare, Somerset; 29 July 2014.

A friend from my school days, and someone who looms large in my legend for being the one who took me as an amateur geologist and set me on the road to 35 years of birdwatching and ornithology.  And since the birdwatching was the principal reason I accepted a geological job in Kenya, where I was to spend 12 years, yes, this gentleman is responsible for quite a chunk of “where I’ve been and what I’ve done”!

He looms large in the right of the frame, which truncates both his lower legs and his left elbow.  Since the image has a thin frame, he could be looking in through a window.  He looks like someone used to the rough outdoors, as indeed he is.

The sunlight of an English summer, far kinder than that of the Australian climes he is now used to, is hitting him from the right, emphasising roughness and texture.

To the left is a trigonometric or trig point, a small white concrete pillar of the type set up in prominent locations all over Britain, as an aid to precisely mapping the country in the days before satellites and GPS.

I think that this image is helped by his slightly open mouth, and by the dull light coming through the left hand side of his sunglasses.

D700 with 24-120 Nikkor at 24mm; 200 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the High Contrast Orange Filter preset.

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. Was surprised to see the dated 2014 as the styling here pointed me to the past. That with the precise details in your writing makes this a wonderful post (as always).

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  2. paula graham says:

    Touching in itself and certainly with the story attached.


  3. Sallyann says:

    As you say, your friend looms large in your picture, but not menacingly so. your words also tell us that he has earned his position there.
    A nice memory to keep hold of. 🙂

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