PEOPLE 311- GOING TO WORK 45

 

 


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The early bus, and a single passenger, impassive, quite small within the frame, seen through a grimy bus window and surrounded by the steamy, colourful, half-seen world of the city commute.

To me there is something quite formal about this image, almost like a picture of someone in an identity parade – I think these feelings derive from the profile view, the completely conventional sitting pose (there’s something almost military here), the dark clothes, the impassive expression and the conventional haircut – almost Mr Everyman, en route (and maybe on autopilot too) for his workstation.

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 40 41 42 43 44 .  Each will open in a separate window.

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Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 6400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; Union Street, central Bristol; 15 Dec 2017.
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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.

8 Responses to PEOPLE 311- GOING TO WORK 45

  1. There is something about that profile staring into a black rectangle. Look here: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1b/Whistlers_Mother_high_res.jpg/1200px-Whistlers_Mother_high_res.jpg. Whistler’s mother or no, I like this photograph very much.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Linda, these are very interesting thoughts. That he’s staring into the black rectangle had never crossed my mind, but its an intriguing interpretation. And as you say, like the Whistler – I too like this painting very much. Thanks for the insight! A 🙂

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  2. LensScaper says:

    Another great image, Adrian. He is Mr Everyman, one of a million or two clones all on their way to the drudgery of work. Almost robotic. A sign of our times.

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  3. bluebrightly says:

    It’s that perfect profile, I think. I like the way it seems someone has wiped the windows to see out, but there’s a story in this man’s not wanting to look out. Another terrific going to work on the bus image!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      You’ve got a point there – perhpas he’s wiped the window but he no longer wants to look out, instead perhaps preferring to be lost in his thoughts / dreams rather than contemplate cold / mundane reality. I’m glad you like this, Lynn – thank you! 🙂

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  4. paula graham says:

    Yea…like all its predecessors…a star.

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