The view east on Tadham Moor, south of Wedmore; 29 Aug 2013.

Looking across these flat, damp and often drab lands.  The single track road, Totney Drove, arrows eastwards straight as a die.  For this is not  some rambling little country lane from “Merrie England” that wanders delightfully here, there and everywhere – this is a relatively recent roadway, perhaps only 200 years old, that was laid down over what had hitherto been trackless wilderness, so that farmers could reach their newly constructed fields.

And back in those days of course it was a rough track, with only horses, carts, livestock and people passing along it.  Far more recently, it has been chosen for the motorised age, and given a thin coating of tarmac, if little in the way of foundations – stand beside this little road as a heavy vehicle passes by and the ground will shake and  dance around you – whether you’re drunk or not.  Which always leaves me with a great sense – and a valuable sense I do think – of the fragility and impermanence of all things.

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D700 with 12-24 Sigma at 12mm; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Silhouette EV + 0.5 preset and adding a tone.

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. I love the bleakness of the tone- reminds me of the brilliant intro to “the walking dead!!!”


  2. Wonderful mono shot – I love the lines. Hope you are well 🙂


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Lisa, thank you for your appreciation! Yes, the lines – they arrow towards (and past, in fact) that tree at top right – which, as always, looks exploding artillery fire to me. I’m ok thanks – was diagnosed pre-diabetic but have lost over 3 stone to combat that; but odd pains occur here and there – I’m getting old! – and am seeing the doctor soon. Hope you’re good, my friend. Adrian 🙂


  3. paula graham says:

    So much reminds me of the Netherlands of my youth, not a lot left now of these lonely , drab! and empty polders. I do like your photo lots


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I’m glad it evokes those memories that are so much a part of you, Paula. Yes, the Levels can often be drab, but in that drabness there is still a beauty and a feeling, that I wouldn’t be without – and I’m sure the polders mean the same for you. Adrian xx


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