Woman with a cigarette, near Temple Meads railway station; 20 Oct 2015.

People queuing for a bus, photographed from the upper deck of another bus – the G11’s fully articulated screen once more proving invaluable.

Two women were there, but neither was really there, neither was fully conscious of that place at that moment.

The one with the cigarette was lost in thought – frowning,  something serious on her mind, her eyes not registering current reality.

While the other’s taut mouth betokens stress caused by that Stout Bastion Of Our Wonderful Modernity, the mobile phone.

And, in terms of composition – that is, as I see it – my eyes enter the image from the left and, moving right, are arrested by the stern countenance filling the far edge of the frame.

But those unseeing eyes are gazing straight back at the other woman and I cannot but follow that fixed gaze, only to be frustrated by the other’s downcast eyes and lack of (photographic) focus. 

And so, seeking interest, my eyes return to the stern daydreamer once more, and the cycle repeats.

Canon G11 PowerShot at 115mm (equivalent); 200 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Full Spectrum Inverse 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. paula graham says:

    Interesting observations of these two, Adrian and I like the framing of your shot too. xx


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