What is this picture looking at?  Well, one aspect of the packed in and claustrophobic nature of Modern Humanity.  Here is the daily movement of human beings from the warm, insulated and comfortable womb of the home to the stark and absolute, exposed reality of the workplace.

Here is each day’s otherwise shadowy and tranquil awakening being polluted by congestion, engine noise, vehicle horns, exhaust fumes, emergency sirens and the glare of head and tail lights.

Does the phrase a necessary evil describe it, I wonder?

Details: the sun has yet to rise, and a main road going southeast out of the city – the road to Bath and to Wells too – is already filled with traffic.

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 45  46 47 48 49 50 .  Each will open in a separate window.

Clicking onto this image will open a larger version in a separate window, and clicking onto that will further enlarge it.

Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 6400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Astia/Soft film simulation; Temple Gate, Bristol; 2 Feb 2018.


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.

17 Responses to PEOPLE 318 – GOING TO WORK 51

  1. Dina says:

    It’s a very nice capture with a great mood!


  2. bluebrightly says:

    It’s odd, you describe the scenario with such cutting words, but it’s really a very pretty image! The colors and smoothness!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I suppose it was just the mood I was in when I wrote it – but though it may be a pretty image, and its good of you to say so, I’m not at ease with all this claustrophobic congestion.


  3. I’m way past wanting to go to work in any circumstances, but I can remember a time in my life when all the color and clamor and busyness portrayed in your photograph would have been energizing rather than demoralizing. Now, though, I’m with you.

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  4. paula graham says:

    Yea, nice and colourful and busy above all.


  5. Meanderer says:

    Love this: the shapes, colours, and lights. The text on the buses is so clear, also.

    Did you hear or feel the earthquake this afternoon?! I heard it as a heavy rumble just as I was walking into the kitchen for a game of scrabble. I thought it was maybe a tractor going by with a heavy bit of kit on the back!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      M, I’m glad you like it – thank you! Yes, we certainly felt the quake, and now I see it was in the Swansea Valley. I was absorbed in my computer screen at the time and half wondered if I’d had a funny senior moment, I can still recall the sensation – and 4.4 on the Richter scale is getting towards the top of “minor” I think.

      And a story for you: the only other experience The Great Geologist has had of quakes was in Kenya, many years ago. I was in a bar drinking, and fairly far gone as I (blurrily!) remember it, when there was a crash and everything started shaking. Everyone one else ran out to the safety of the car park but, clearly someone whom Natural Selection might not treat too kindly, The Great Geologist remained (unsteadily) seated at the bar! 😀

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      • Meanderer says:

        Ha, ha – I love it! It must have felt extremely surreal after a few drinks!

        Even though the sound was quite strong and lasted quite some time (not sure how long – 30 or 40 seconds maybe) I was more interested in starting the Scrabble game and going to the fridge for a piece of chocolate cake 🙂 Priorities!

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  6. Looks way way WAY too busy for me! But makes for a super photo. ❤️ATP❤️

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  7. This series is quite creative and interesting. It seems like such a simple concept but there is a lot to peoples’ commute. Cheers


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