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Composition: morning rush hour, Victoria Street, and perhaps there are two subjects here.  The backlit and near silhouetted man on the left – walking across the road while looking at his phone and carrying his briefcase – first drew my attention.  Using him as the image’s sole subject would magnify his size in the frame and draw attention to him.  But I couldn’t resist the silhouette of the cyclist on the right too, with the light catching his billowing, steamy breath and shiny helmet – he is balancing on his wheels, rather than put a foot to the ground while waiting for the lights to change.  Maybe our gaze will be drawn back and fore from one to the other of these two people, I don’t know, but, in any case, here they are.  To me, although the man on the left could be the image’s sole subject, this is not true of the cyclist – he’s further away, amidst a fairly cluttered background.

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 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 Each will open in a separate window.

Technique: X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Cool Tones 2 preset, giving the image the look of Fuji Neopan Acros 100 black and white film, and adding a strong selenium tone; Victoria Street, central Bristol; 11 Nov 2016.


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.

12 Responses to PEOPLE 336 – GOING TO WORK 67 (MONO)

  1. Excellent photo, wonderful composition!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I love how he’s lined in light, and that the cyclist’s breath (?) is captured.
    Have to admit that it bothers me just a little bit that the top of the foreground man’s head clipped.
    Regardless, it’s a great capture, and I’m personally a fan of complex images so the “clutter” doesn’t bother me at all. Life is cluttered, neh?


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Johnny, thank you very much for your thoughts – this was something of a grabshot and so the man’s head is clipped, but we are all different and this is not important to me … = the road to anarchy? .. probably … but I often have image’s frames cutting through people, both in terms of the original framing and via subsequent cropping, and some of the images in this Going To Work series are cases in point – if I remember correctly, number 70 in this series, which will appear soon, does this quite severely. Adrian 🙂

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      • Wasn’t meant so much as a criticism as it was an observation, of my own sense of perception and perhaps bias in regards to traditional concepts of composition, something that I have been thinking a lot about lately and something that I am, in a sense trying to unlearn. Trying to make my photos more natural, perhaps, distractions, cut-off elements and all.
        I spend a fair bit of time on The Road to Anarchy myself. I find it a rather welcoming, non-judgmental route. 😉
        Always enjoy your work.


        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Johnny, thank you, glad you like my stuff. And don’t bother at all about the “criticism”, I don’t mind in the slightest, I’m always open about such things. I think I may soon put out a post about my core photographic beliefs, and the first in the (short!) list will be that photography, like any art, is purely subjective, and that we all hold differing viewpoints on it. This being the case, rules (and qualifications (eg RPS)) are out the window – its far, far better for each photographer to follow their own eyes and instincts – gut feelings, and what your “heart” is saying. That’s anarchy? Well, no problem, because in the very final analysis, all that matters is that the resulting images look good. Very good hearing your views. Adrian 🙂

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  3. paula graham says:

    You cannot go wrong with a cycle in the picture!! Love it.


  4. steveo says:

    That’s a great example of rim lighting also. Especially the guy on the left. Pretty neat!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Arati says:

    Such an interesting image. The man walking across the street focused on his cell phone seemingly oblivious to his surroundings while I’m guessing the cyclist, with the bike balanced at a precise angle is totally focused on being present and centered. And then the lighting….Powerful.


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