STILL LIFE 35 – RUSTY CHAINS ACROSS STEPS

 

 

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Newquay, Cornwall; 13 April 2016.

Down a side street, as I often am, a flight of steps lead up to a fast food shop.  The vertical faces of the steps have been painted pale blue, as much for aesthetic reasons as to enhance their visibility to revellers during Newquay’s very numerous, very drunken nights.

But the shop is closed and, thwarted by the two chains, the hungry (together with the just plain greedy) must champ and chomp elsewhere.

Facing squarely out into the Atlantic’s swells, Newquay is a famous UK surfing destination, and the westerlies that swirl and roar around this little town are salt-laden. 

So the chains are corroded, and the rain and spray have dripped the corrosion’s rusty hues down over the step below.

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D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 155mm; 400 ISO; Color Efex Pro 4; rotated 90 degrees anticlockwise.
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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.

17 Responses to STILL LIFE 35 – RUSTY CHAINS ACROSS STEPS

  1. bluebrightly says:

    Love the colors and simplicity! (And yes, Doc Martin is well-loved over here, and not only British TV, but dramas from Sweden and other countries keep us from going bonkers at night).

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Simple, yes >>> Minimalism and me! I read somewhere that the Golden Age of television was long ago, 1960s maybe, I forget now, but for certain its long past! A sad state of affairs but then, even if TV were good now, I don’t think I’d feel comfortable simply gawping at the screen for substantial periods of time. A

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  2. really great image, Adrian!!! so my thing all abstracty blue, rust and grey.

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  3. Meanderer says:

    Love this, Adrian; a very striking abstract.

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  4. Another gorgeous abstract, love it. Did you see Doc Martin while you were there? lol 💜

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, Laura, glad you like it >>> but I didn’t know the Doc’s fame had spread so far afield! That TV is made in Port Isaac, a few miles up the coast from Newquay. A 🙂

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      • He’s very popular here! Not quite the sensation as Downton, but give him time. Your TV is a thousand times better than our mindless tripe. 💛

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Mindless tripe, eh? Well that’s an interesting comment because, to my mind, vast amounts of UK TV are mindless tripe too – so heaven knows what US TV is like! Of course I’m atypical, not better or worse but atypical, but I simply cannot bear to be in the same room as a lot of UK TV – and especially soap operas, “drama” and game shows – they make me cringe, and often I feel them to be actually physically painful. And I know several families now who refuse to have a TV in the house, and they are all – and especially their children – very outgoing, communicative and “alive” people. I enjoy well presented programs on art, photography and history, and some comedy; but I have many DVDs of various films and those get to me far more. A

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          • We watch baseball regularly and a few British shows. One American comedy. I agree with you totally. What’s your favorite film (or top 3)?

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            • Adrian Lewis says:

              Before I answer your question, I want to make the additional point that its very easy for us to go through our lives being totally “entertained” by the servings of the mass media, and creating absolutely nothing for ourselves. This is anathema to me, I very strongly feel that such a creativeless (here’s a new word!!!) life would be pointless – and I know that you feel the same.

              Naming even my 3 favourite films us a very hard job, as I like so many. But the sheer surreality, nuttiness and excellent photography of Amelie has been and always will be a real inspiration to me. And because I am a John Le Carre and George Smiley fan, Gary Oldman’s version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. And because I am a fan of the British artist, Mr Turner. But there are so many more that really get to me – Apocalypse Now (redux), Persona, Das Boot, Blade Runner, Run Lola Run, Dr Strangelove, Forrest Gump, ET, The Wicker Man, The Night Porter, The Three Colours trilogy – and how can I leave out The Lord of the Rings???, and Withnail and I???!!! There are many more, and I think that each of them, to some extent, have helped mould how I think, how I see things, and how I photograph. True inspiration.

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              • Thanks for that terrific list! A few unfamiliar ones I’ll have to check out. I totally agree with you and I actually think if everyone created something daily, in whatever medium, could be a poem, whatever it is – there would be a much better, healthier (including mental health), cleaner and brighter world. When we don’t create, we invite disease of all kinds and so you and I are totally in sync on that.

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  5. paula graham says:

    Your artistic juices flowing again, by the look of things. Lovely shot.

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  6. Hello A, I really like the graphic nature of this image and the way the chains and rust make the eye ‘read’ across the image 🙂

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