Tree stump at the former Willows Garden Centre, Westhay; 30 Mar 2005.

Taken back in the days before Somerset County Council decided to gentrify an alive and characterful garden centre, with a truly excellent café and lots of local produce and crafts for sale – to turn it into an arts and crafts gallery with a truly indifferent snack bar alongside – one of the few local eateries, I must add, that has succeeded in upsetting my normally cast iron guts!

How I abhor gentrification and prettification, I prefer things as they really are, not as others think they ought to be – and I’ve read in a couple of places now that even characterful New York is succumbing to this bland, mind-numbing, modern trend – I’ve found one of these quotes but the other eludes me – “So much of New York’s important, if at times sleazy, atmosphere has been replaced with generic cafes and organic food shops – telling of our times”.  Does anyone think to the contrary?

Anyway, this picture – a lump of old wood lying on the old garden centre’s floor, and being young in those days I did things right, hoisting the really quite weighty Zuiko telephoto up onto a tripod, using a cable release, etc, etc – but couldn’t resist having the Velvia colour slide film push processed by +1EV to skew the colours a bit >>> I bet there are landscape photographers out there, reading this, who have gone pale at the thought of such tampering with this most sacred of all landscape films – haha! I’m nothing if not irreverent … and irrelevant too … before you enquire …

And finding this image again, after all these years, I’m drawn to the curving, swirling textures in the wood, something of beauty in something no longer living – though whether whatever is alive in trees ever really dies is something that some I know, including myself, might feel inclined to question.

OM-4 with 300mm Zuiko; tripod; cable release; Fuji Velvia 50 colour slide, rated at 100 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.

10 Responses to SOMERSET LEVELS 249 – TREE STUMP

  1. bluebrightly says:

    What you’re saying about NYC is very true – it started as soon as the last recession ended, I suppose. The part I most recently lived in – Staten Island, the forgotten borough – was and I’m sure is, immune to much of it. I found plenty of funk and character there.
    Beautiful image!


  2. Malin Ellisdotter H says:

    I see sadness, a very sad eye…


  3. paula graham says:

    Well taken my friend and yes…we agree!! We want things real, natural and cared for.


  4. I don’t like anyone or anything that messes with my food! I love your curving, swirling capture, though.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thanks, my friend, I’m glad you like it. Echoing your words, I don’t like anyone that messes with my countryside – not that it is mine of course – but the restaurant etc that used to be on this site fitted in so well with their surroundings and were a true delight to visit – oh those home made cakes!!! – and now we have something more up market, and sterile – maybe the philosophy is “I look good, therefore I am” ….. But I hope you’re good, New Joisey Lady, very good! ATP xxx


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