Morning rush hour, and a bus swings past me near the railway station.  My thumb presses the AF-ON button like there’s no tomorrow – and I’ve time for just a single frame before the scene whirls on by.

Its not sharp, its not good quality – but then, is quality really important?  I’d rather have content and the moment, and here is the feeling of a winter morning’s bus ride into work, in this case a bus run by one of Bristol’s smaller companies who have twirled festive tinsel here and there regardless of expense(!), which I do think a nice touch – a small but very human touch perhaps, amidst the festive season’s burgeoning commercialism.

Outside the bus, it’s cold and dark, and there’s a strange and slightly unsettling old man with a large camera. 

But inside this hurtling, wheeled, glass and steel behemoth all is bright, close and warm, very probably overwarm because the heating is turned right up, and everyone is packed tightly in and wrapped up tropically against the winter’s cold.  Most gaze down into their mobile phones, a good source of distraction from this unenjoyable but necessary reality.

When I travelled in buses like this at hours of the day like this, I often didn’t want to get to where I was going, but I went there anyway.

Earlier images from this series are: hereherehere, herehere, here, here, here, here, here and here.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window – only as I’ve said, its not sharp.

D700 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 1/100th, wide open at f5.6; 25,600 ISO; central Bristol; 2 Dec 2016.

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.

11 Responses to PEOPLE 244 – GOING TO WORK 12

  1. Strange atmosphere at rush hour


  2. Sallyann says:

    Yes… Nice touch. 😊


  3. Great series. Quality can be defined many ways, an appreciated photo can be quality. And if by quality you mean sharp, have a look a Capra’s war photography. Some of the most enduring images lack in some quarter but they have quality. Emotion, mood etc. are a quality we would all wish to have in our photos.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, you’re absolutely right, Victor. By quality, in this instance, I’m talking only about straight photographic quality – especially including sharpness – and you’re absolutely right about Capa’s enduring images. In nearly any situation, I think, image content comes first, and then technical aspects later. I’m glad you like this series of photos – thank you, that’s very encouraging. Adrian 🙂

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  4. I think we must have been on the same bus! Your photo captures the mood beautifully.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, I expect we were! Oh do I remember those buses – but I used to get into work very, very early, so as to be able to leave early in the pm, so I was in fact mainly on less crowded ones. But after 3 hours (photographically unproductive) walking the city streets yesterday the first bus home was jammed packed with “incoming” Christmas shoppers – I let it pass and, luckily, the next was far less full. I’m glad the picture gets to you – thank you! Happy Christmas! Adrian

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  5. paula graham says:

    Quality is overrated…to me it is the emotional content…which you can get with a brownie box


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