Jackdaw near Perranporth, Cornwall, 14 April 2016.

What do I think about this image?  Well, to start with, it looks odd, and the more so perhaps because I’ve re-coloured the more colourful elements after taking the whole thing into slightly toned black and white.

Then there is a disparate assemblage of elements here, the living, natural bird on the one hand and all those decidedly non-natural electrics on the other – and those electrics are held up in the air, safely away from the likes of you and me, on wooden poles – which are formerly living (and now rounded for purpose) natural things.

And the bird is looking out of the picture, away from all the technology.  Is there disdain there, in that averted gaze, for the immobile, Unnatural World?  Or maybe there is the knowledge that that World has certainly, by one means or another, significantly reduced the numbers of this country’s wild birds within the lifetime of the FATman who, out of frame, is standing below this tableau and looking up.

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D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Yellowed 1 preset and selectively restoring colour.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer - using mono, colour and combinations of the two - many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous, trying new ideas, working in multiple genres. And I've a weakness for Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. Sallyann says:

    I like the colour play on this one. It made me think of the bumpers at the end of the train line with the information in the line hitting the end and bouncing back a little before coming today stop with ruffled hair and a puzzled face…. Think Boris. 😊


  2. bluebrightly says:

    I love the image – love what you did with it. The juxtaposition of the man-made and wild is what we live with now – a reflection of our life as it is. So this is real. And that’s fine with me. Not that I don’t rejoice in the truly wild, but I find scenes like this to be interesting in their own right. The blackbird (if that’s what it is) animates the built environment and provides a counterpoint, but i don’t think they have to be at war – that unnatural world does bring us our computers and keeps us connected too, no? It’s complicated! I guess that’s more what I see here – the complicated nature of life in the 21st century.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Interesting insights, my friend – yes, the Unnatural World keeps us connected – and aren’t these blogs wonderful things? No, these worlds don’t have to be at war, but the Unnatural World us impacting heavily on the Natural one – A New Scientist summary of Life’s origins, evolution and extinction that I’m reading sees mankind’s current impact on the Natural world as on a par with other great extinctions that have occurred in geological history.

      No, its a not a Blackbird, which is a thrush, its a Jackdaw, the smallest of our common crows. I was out buying Belgian beer from a shop in Bristol yesterday and, standing in a bus queue to return come, I was amazed and entranced as a Jackdaw – a wild bird – walked down in front of the queue, not two feet from our feet >>> and as it meandered slowly by, not in the least nervous, it looked up at each of us, no doubt hoping for a handout! It had obviously done that before – but for me, at least, it was entrancing, simply entrancing! A 🙂


  3. At first, strange. But then, after reading and looking more closely, interesting. And I think yes, his back to it all, he is saying he has little use for the Brave New World gone amuck!
    Good stuff, bud.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Ah strange! >>> strange is good >>> “Result!” as modern parlance might have it >>> thanks!!! Gone amuck is absolutely right – I’m reading a TOTALLY (for a geologist, anyway) enthralling modern overview of Life’s origins, evolution and extinction from New Scientist, and one article classes humans’ current effects on the environment as comparable to the great extinctions of geological history eg the end of the dinosaurs – and as noted in this post, there certainly are fewer birds and butterflies around than when I was a kid – while VW is (was?) cheating on its emissions to make more profits! Haha, a world on its head, eh? No alternative but to drink heavily … 🙂 😦 ….. xxxxxX!


  4. paula graham says:

    Interesting shot, love the inclusion of the electrics.


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