An old and very dear friend of mine is a professional psychologist and avid people-watcher.  Her insights into everyday human behaviour never cease to fascinate and amaze me.  I had the idea sometime back of giving her a photobook of the Going To Work images (produced via Blurb) for her birthday, and that project is moving ahead.  In the course of assembling these pictures for use in her book, I have found six images that have not been posted in the Going To Work series but which really belong there, and so I am going to start incorporating them into this series here.  This is the first of the six.


Morning rush hour, central Bristol; 19 July 2016.

Early morning sunlight blasts down Baldwin Street, bringing out the textures on a dented and dirty car (for which, in my world, read eminently characterful car).

And the driver, who is late and who does not have any time at all to waste, bites his nails and stares anxiously ahead at the stacked up, stationary traffic.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window – recommended.

X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 1600 ISO; Lightroom.


This picture was taken on the first of my early morning bus trips into Bristol city centre which, on the 19th of this month, will have been two years ago – how Time rushes by!  This was the morning when I took the first of the Going To Work images, although the concept of such a photo series hadn’t then occurred to me.

Two things get to me about this picture. First of course, is the man’s body language – he’s in a hurry and in a traffic jam – bad news!

The second thing is that, for quite sometime now, when out photographing I look for good light and then try to decide what to do with it.  As I’m writing this post, its a warm summer’s day, but the total overcast has made the light flat and featureless – there are no shadows, except those below the parked cars.  This sort of lighting is fine for taking shots of detail, and for some portraits and abstracts, but I like chiaroscuro, a term that started off being used with regard to paintings, and which describes the effects on contrasting light and shadow in an image.  And in this picture I’m looking at the early morning light glancing along the dirty and dented bodywork of the car.  I really like the textures and shadows that this warm, glancing light reveals, and there is something else  – this is Reality, this is not some auto magazine’s shot of a spotless, pristine and shining car >>> car porn! >>>  this is what Life is really like, warts and all.

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 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 Each will open in a separate window.


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.

15 Responses to PEOPLE 344 – GOING TO WORK 74

  1. bluebrightly says:

    Very well done, and I agree with you about the light, which you used to great advantage here, both bringing out the warts and all on the car, and the expression on the man’s face.


  2. Ha ! Move the driver a little to the left and this could be the southern US. A new book… International Rednecks 🤗


  3. Warts and all. Funny 😄. He needs to roll up that window and head to the car wash! 😂


  4. I love to people watch too!! Great shot!


  5. paula graham says:

    Indeed, the joy of photography is in the taking and making a book is an excellent way of looking at your stuff again and certainly an even better present…showing them on your TV in glorious HD is another good way to amuse or scare away your visitors.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I’ve never tried the TV approach, not technical enough! I used to do slideshows – but how long ago that was is frightening to think – more than a decade, probably.


  6. The book sounds like a great idea and I’m sure you will have some fascinating conversations with your friend. We all see images differently so I imagine the conversation may be mutually revealing for both of you.
    Also a great idea to bring images into a physical world in the form of a book. So often these days images reside only on the internet or on our hard drives. In the past I have produced postcards and used Blurb. With the latter I have tended to use the best quality papers (pages) and have been very happy with them. Their software allows for quite a bit of flexibility in design which I like.
    Good luck with your book.
    Have a photo filled weekend
    Best wishes
    Mr C 🙂


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, I find photobooks the prefect way of preserving and displaying images, I usually make one large one (100+ images) per year, and make others to give as presents. I agree, Blurb’s best quality paper is the thing. Thanks for your good wishes! Adrian 🙂


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