Nearly all of my Going to Work images have been captured in central Bristol and many of them have been early on cold, dark mornings – well, its a FATman thing …  But the rush hour also occurs far out in the countryside, as the city sucks in labour from its surrounding towns and (often gentrified) villages.

The Old Bristol Road across the top of the Mendip Hills and does exactly what it says on the packet, apart from arriving at a (more or less) modern city.  It may not be an A road or a motorway, but it brings people from the Mendips and further south in towards the city.  And, because it is a open and clear road, with fairly long, straight stretches, these commuters in their modern vehicles often cover it at considerable speed.  Twice a day, the relative peace of these hills is shattered by the roar of powerful engines, and road accidents – often at road junctions – can be serious affairs.

Another image – here – shows the “rush hour” away from the city centre, and the image below also shows cars speeding along these Mendip roads.



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 51 52 53 54 55 Each will open in a separate window.

Click onto the images to open a larger version in a separate window and, for the upper image,  click onto the enlarged image once more to enlarge it further.

Technique (upper image): X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 234mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Holga preset and adding a tone; the Old Bristol Road, east of Priddy, on the Mendip Hills, Somerset; 16 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.

10 Responses to PEOPLE 324 – GOING TO WORK 56 (MONO)

  1. bluebrightly says:

    I like the idea of expanding your theme to include these, and I love that first photograph, it’s really strong.


  2. amazing, again… …what a great eye you got that know in advance how to tell stories!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Meanderer says:

    If I was in charge 🙂 I would ensure that all vehicles had speed limiters on them; around 50mph tops – less in populated areas.

    I have always found it astonishing that people drive at break neck speed through the New Forest despite the fact that animals roam around.

    I like the perspective from the camera towards the oncoming cars; there’s a feeling of peril in the image. And I love the second one which I recall from before.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Well, I’m not sure about speed limiters but there’s no doubt that good old Human Nature leads us to speed speed speed – maybe there’s a lack of imagination involved, as in speeding on the New Forest roads where at any moment an animal may walk out.

      Yes, I understand what you mean about peril in the photo and I feel it too. If Easter means anything to you, have a good one! I’ve already been out to a pub for an evening’s boozing, which is quite unusual for me, and I’ve downed a good Full English at another pub early this morning – ah, the playboy lifestyle … could you perhaps peel me a grape? … 😀 …..

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      • Meanderer says:

        Two pub visits in a week: I’m jealous 🙂
        I’ve had a bottle of Guiness Milk Stout over two evenings; I know how to live 😀

        Thanks for your well-wishes for the weekend, my friend. You too!

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Well, in an effort to protect my dubious reputation, I must say that two pub visits in a week in unusual, albeit the second visit was only for breakfast. Love your making a milk stout last two evenings!!! 🙂

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