STILL LIFE 41 – SUNSET BESIDE THE TV

 

 

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As a photographer, I’m a strong believer in trying things out to see if they work.  Readers of this blog have said that I “push the envelope” with some of my pictures, and that’s what I like to do.  Many of these experiments end in total failure of course – and you don’t get to see those!  🙂   But some are half decent, and a blog is a wonderful vehicle for putting such things out to the world, to see what others think about them.

And it can work both ways.  Some things that I’ve thought ok have gone down like lead balloons, while others that I’ve really hesitated to publish at all have drawn positive feedback.
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Having mostly used big DSLRs, I’ve recently embarked upon the adventure of a new format of digital camera, a decidedly smaller, mirrorless Fujifilm X-T1 – and I’m both impressed by this new hardware and enjoying the process of getting to know how it functions.  And one of the ways in which I get to know a new camera, aside from actually taking pictures with it, is simply to sit at home, endlessly playing with the controls, getting to know what does what and where everything is – getting towards using it a little instinctively, rather than having to think what I’m doing all the time.

And so to these abstract pictures.  Our living room window faces west, and I was sitting on the sofa practicing with the X-T1 when the sun sank to the horizon and flooded the room with golden light.  The room has pale orange walls anyway, and so the addition of all that orange light really warmed and brightened things up – it was fabulous just being there.  The light was glancing across the front of our ancient TV and striking the chimney breast and, with the X-T1 in manual mode, I looked through it at the blazing but out of focus wall opposite – and was struck by what I was seeing.

So, here are some of the resulting abstracts, taken using the 55-200 lens, and lightly processed in Lightroom.  I’ve added some grain in one or two instances, and cropped some of them too.  They are blurred impressions of coloured light and shadow.  They show very little detail but then, is detail always important?  They show impressions of a scene, a moment – sunset beside the TV – they remind me of what it was like being there.

And do I vastly admire the work of JMW Turner Of course I do – he has always been a huge inspiration, and not least because he didn’t have a camera, nor even a TV for that matter, he just did it all using his eyes, hands, paints and sheer genius – wow!  So to finish, here is a favourite quote from him (which has always influenced me more than a little!):

I did not paint it to be understood, but I wished to show what such a scene was like.

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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.

12 Responses to STILL LIFE 41 – SUNSET BESIDE THE TV

  1. Indeed interesting thoughts, Adrian. Very well written and I think there are those who might be a bit provoked by this… But not me. I agree with you on your thoughts!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Malin, I value your views, always – thank you! And I don’t mind provoking people – to me, photography is all about creating images. Some of these images contain a message, some don’t. Aside from those fundamentals, I don’t think that photography has any essential / solid rules at all, its just a question of each photographer doing his/her own thing. Adrian

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  2. bluebrightly says:

    I know those moments at home when the sunlight wakes you out of whatever workaday reverie you’re stuck in…lovely renditions, these are! I’m glad for the narrative, too. The one with the crisp edge somehow really supports the others, as they play glowing music together.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Lynn, thank you for these wonderful words, they really encourage me. And I agree about the one with the crisp edge, that’s the reason I included it. And the same applies for the more horizontal layering of light and shadow in the image before the last one, it brings a little more diversity. Thank you again. Adrian 🙂

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  3. Great images Adrian, I really like them – an experiment that has certainly paid off 😀 :D.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Lisa, thank you very much! Not sure I want to do too many images like this, but I’ve always thought that formless colour has a place in things. As you will know, we are on course to leave the EU and, not wanting to be governed from elsewhere, I have to feel that this is the right decision. So we have had two referendums really >>> I had a feeling that Bristol’s first elected mayor might get the boot, but hadn’t dared to hope that we might shed the EU too. Adrian

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  4. paula graham says:

    I rather like the idea of sitting watching TV or not! and taking pictures like that at the same time!! Way to go, better than cycling your socks off!! Lovely shots.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Well, as you know, a lot of TV is really not worth looking at. Glad you like the pics! The X-T1 has a high performance mode that consumes more battery power – I’m off to try it out tomorrow. Hope Scotland is going well. Adrian xxx

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  5. Meanderer says:

    Yes – it’s great to experiment: to play around and see what happens. I like the effects here – particularly the fifth image with the vertical gold and violet colours. I enjoy abstract communication and what can be understood without being obvious and ‘concrete’. We can share in your impression of a golden sunset by the TV!

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  6. Your ‘narrative 😉’ made me look longer and with a different perspective than I use at quick glance. Thanks for forcing me to take the time. Worth a second (third and fourth) look.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Gemma, my friend, thank you very much, that’s very good to hear – much of Life these days encourages us to take ever shorter glances at (or maybe “over” is a better word) things – Time-Poor societies, shorter attention spans, the constant need (generated by the mass media) for novelty after novelty after novelty …”What’s new? What’s new??! What’s new???!!!”. Slowing down is good. Just being sometimes, instead of always doing doing doing, is also good. I value your words. ATP xxx

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