Three travellers on the upper deck of an early morning bus.

The woman beside the window is engrossed in a newspaper, her expression reacting – negatively, perhaps –  to the day’s news.  But the other two people – further into the shot and less clearly seen – appear more passive and preoccupied.  And the steaminess of the bus’s window is thick, almost opaque in places, and densely textured.

Those two people at the back get to me.  First, they can only be partly seen, its almost as if they are fading into the background – which brings thoughts about the dehumanising effects of some workplaces, and of the unnaturalness of lives spent commuting and working in cities.  And second, both of these people are staring fixedly ahead.  Are they somewhere far away in daydreams, or do they see something nearer at hand, closer ahead, in either the present time or in times soon to come?

Also, this blurred image is starting to look like some sort of painting or daub (more probably the latter), and when any photo does this I feel I’m getting somewhere.

Earlier images from this series can be found here: 1, 2, 3, 45, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 1213, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 2324, 25, 26, 27, 28,  29, 30,  31,  32, 33  34  35  36 37  38 39 .  Each will open in a separate window.

Click onto the image to open a  larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to enlarge it further – recommended >>> come on in, the grain is lovely!

Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 12,800 ISO; Lightroom, using the Provia/Standard film simulation; Temple Meads, central Bristol; 15 Dec 2017.

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.

20 Responses to PEOPLE 306 – GOING TO WORK 40

  1. Malin Ellisdotter H says:

    Yes it definitely looks like a painting… I really like it!


  2. I see FOUR FACES!!! What is standing behind and to the right of of man?! It looks like an alien! Oh no! Is it just me?!?!?
    Fabulous shot, bud. 👍🏼


  3. bluebrightly says:

    Another excellent “Going to Work” image, Adrian, I really like it. I agree, it has a painterly feeling, and goes well with another one or two you posted recently. The picture place has been flattened, maybe because of the zoom, yes, must be, and that really adds to the effect. The expressions are dramtic, heightened, expectant, even if they’re feeling the dread. Wonderful.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Lynn, that’s very good to hear, very encouraging, I value your views. Yes the zoom flattens perspective, but I many instances I do seem to “see” at 300mm, which is x6 – since realising that this is how I often “see”, I feel that I’m really photographing what I’m looking at. A 🙂


  4. Mathias LK says:

    Again; brilliant! The expressions, colour tones and how the three faces are lined up in a bit strange but familiar perspective.


  5. papershots says:

    it looks as if the woman has just found some horrible article about herself in the paper! wonderful contrast between the woman’s astonishment (at what we can only imagine) and the other two characters’ calmness (although they too seem to be looking at the same thing ahead)


  6. artschaft says:

    I really like the woman’s expression. The men don’t look absent minded to me, I would guess there is something happening there that got their attention.


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