Men drinking beer at a wedding reception near Bristol; 17 Aug 2011.

I took informal photos at a friends’ wedding reception sometime back.  The celebration was set high up above the Chew Valley, a beautiful area not far south of Bristol.  I took a lot of shots but, looking back on it now, I wish I’d taken more – and that I’d had the love of my life – the 70-300 lens – with me, as well as the 24-120.

Being a good friend of the happy couple I was given carte blanche to fire away as and when I chose, and very, very little was posed >>> I’d very much like to have another crack at something like this.

To me, the man in the foreground is a strong, even powerful figure, with his closely cropped dark hair and beard – someone swigging seriously from his bottle and wanting it, almost frowning, deeply enjoying it in a masculine way, with an almost bullish determination.

The drinker in the background is different.  He is tilting his head slightly further back – enjoying the experience in a lighter and slightly more gourmet way maybe? – and he has a rather “softer” and more conventional haircut, and his clothes are paler.  Perhaps he does not display quite the same solid determination.  And, certainly, his appearance there, slightly out of focus and duplicating his friend’s stance, provides a repeating pattern that adds to the shot.

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Technique: D700 with 24-120 Nikkor lens at 120mm; 1000 ISO; conversion to mono with Silver Efex Pro 2, jumping in at the Sepia Landscape preset.


About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for many types of subject, 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.

6 Responses to ARCHIVE 314 – MEN DRINKING (MONO)

  1. bluebrightly says:

    I see what you’re saying about the intensity of the man in the foreground, vs. the man in the background. And now, I think it may be time to go for the afternoon espresso… 😉


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Espresso, now there’s something that This Total Trencherman is NOT into – tasting one was enough … oh dear! …. 😦 ….. But I suppose that’s ok if I’m into everything else … 😀 ….


      • bluebrightly says:

        It may depend on how you take it (I take mine with just a touch of steamed milk, no sweetener) and the quality of the bean, the roast, etc. etc. But in the end, it’s a vehicle for a certain type of break in the day, isn’t it? One that I suspect you take too, just with a different liquid refreshment. 😉


        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Oh I’m right into taking breaks, if only to get more blood into my alcohol stream … But looking at it another way, there also arises a definitional issue, in that I have a feeling that breaks are generally thought of as constituting the minor parts of any time period … 😉 …


  2. Dina says:

    Lovely shot, Adrian. The two men are so different and together they bring great tension.


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