Two sunlit chairs outside the Hurtwood Inn Hotel in Peaslake, Surrey;  25 Mar 2012.

Another image from Peaslake’s blazing sunshine.  I focused on the nearer chair, and made sure that it exits the frame through the top right corner.  The second chair is left semi-focused, and is reduced to three elements – its rear, left hand leg, which casts a shadow on the ground; the lit but unfocused wickerwork of its left side; and the shadow cast by its upright back.  All structure (ie detail) has been taken out of the backdrop, to remove any distraction from the chairs.

The result is a combination of two, featureless black areas (the shadow from the unfocused chair’s back, and its black leg), the variously lit and textured, illuminated parts of the chairs, and the shapes made by the creamish (toned), negative space between them.

The first post in this series on chairs, which contains context and an image, can be found hereSubsequent posts are here: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  9  10  11 12 13 .  Each will open in a new window.

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Technique: D700 with 24mm-120mm Nikkor lens at 120mm; 400 ISO; converted to mono, and toned, in Silver Efex Pro 2.


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.

6 Responses to STILL LIFE 204 – LOOKING AT CHAIRS 14 (MONO)

  1. bluebrightly says:

    Very nice, Adrian.


  2. Meanderer says:

    Nice close-up of the detail of this wicker chair. One can feel the warmth of the sun streaming through. I’d like a couple of such chairs for the hot end of the lounge but they’re quite pricey.


  3. Arati says:

    I like this series a lot, how you take these chairs and keep ‘being’ with them. Looking at them from all different angles and light, all the possibilites. Reminds me of painters who painted the same subject over and over again. Haystacks, bridges in London, clouds and giant flowers….. An endless exporation.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Arati, thank you very much for your thoughts. In particular, I very much like the notion of keeping being with these chairs, I think that says it very well. As with many things, I think, looking all the angles and the lighting is the way to go. And I very much identify with the examples of the subjects that painters have painted over and over again – you are referring to the Impressionists here I think, and I am a HUGE fan of their images! Thank you again. Adrian 🙂


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