Woman working in her food stall on the Bristol Harbourside; 14 July 2016.

I walked along the edge of the Floating Harbour in central Bristol.  Tidal ranges in this part of the world are huge – we have the second highest tidal ranges in the world –  so that at low tide the River Avon that leads into Bristol from the Severn Estuary becomes a mass of vast mud banks with only a trickle of water below.  Long ago the people of this western city found this twice daily lack of water hindered the trade of their busy port, and so they built the Floating Harbour, which allows water in but not out, and so enjoys high water 24 hours a day.

Bristol is no longer a port, but the Floating Harbour has metamorphosed into a fashionable social venue known as the Harbourside, which is lined with eateries, bars, galleries and so on.  Especially in the warmer months of the year, there is always a lot going on there.

And so on this lovely warm day, as I walked back along the Harbourside towards the city centre, there were many temporary little stalls and booths selling delicious and often exotic food.  I saw this lady looking out of her booth and, all at once, she dived behind her transparent plastic sheet – something to keep the breeze away from her cooking – and, bending forwards and looking down, started working away preparing more food. 

It reminded me of an Impressionist image, and then I thought of the veils and the sometimes innocent half-truths through which we, on occasion, would like the world to know us.

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X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 400 ISO.

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. Excellent and interesting photo, Adrian. I think it’s important to capture these moments!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, glad you like it. Yes, I agree, important moments, momentary vignettes – and we are so lucky to have cameras to capture them with. 🙂

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      • We are not only lucky to have cameras, we are also lucky to have the ability of seeing things. As a photographer you see things that other people don’t see. So it’s not just about the camera. 🙂


        • Adrian Lewis says:

          You’re absolutely right. Photographers (and painters) are visually aware, they have visual awareness, which means that they look at and see things, all sorts of things, rather than merely glancing at them. Many might not think this a valuable trait, but I wouldn’t be without it, and I am very rarely, if ever, visually bored – there is always something of interest or beauty to look at. Malin, its very good talking to you. I hope Sunday, today, will treat you well. A 🙂


  2. bluebrightly says:

    Yes, it has that impressionist look – I love images taken behind clear tarps like this. She was bent in just the right classic pose. Colors are very nice, too. The camera is taking you places!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Lynn, thanks for your appreciation of this! And especially re the colours and her pose, which are two aspects that strike me. Yes, the camera is getting to me – although whether its having an effect, or whether I’m just on a creative high at the moment I don’t know. After all, if I’d been toting one of the Nikons, I think I’d still have taken this shot. But there’s no getting away from the fact that the X-T1 is a wonderful creative tool, and especially so in situations where movements are muted. A 🙂


  3. paula graham says:

    Interesting photo.


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