PEOPLE 349 – GOING TO WORK 77 (MONO)

 

 


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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 incorporating them into this series here.  This is the second of the six.  You can find the other images here: 1 .

Morning sunlight blasts up Christmas Steps, a steep lane connecting two busy city centre roads.  But there is no traffic here, the Steps are purely pedestrian and, early in the morning, a steady stream of people use this ancient thoroughfare as a short cut down into the city centre.

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 74 75 76 Each will open in a separate window.

Technique: close-in with a wide angle lens, low angle sunlight, and textures all around.  This was never going to be a colour image but, as always, I like to capture images in colour, and then convert them to mono post-capture with Silver Efex Pro 2.  This method does, I think, provide far more options and potential for the final image(or images) than having the camera itself shoot mono images.

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

Technique: X-T1 with 10-24 Fujinon lens at 24mm (equiv); 1600 ISO; Lightroom; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Film Noir 1 preset; 16 Sept 2016.

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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 PEOPLE 349 – GOING TO WORK 77 (MONO)

  1. bluebrightly says:

    This is a beauty, Adrian. The difference in size and shape in the stones belies the great history. You’re fortunate to have that nearby, and this shot is perfectly timed, composed and processed. 🙂

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Lynn, thank you very much – Christmas Steps is something of a magical place – not least because, many, many years ago, my father bought me a Penny Black stamp in the stamp shop that is still here.

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  2. Nice shot. Someone taking steps on Christmas Steps 🙂
    I once bought a pair of hand made boots from a shop called Ruffians who were on or very near Christmas Steps. My It was back in the 80’s so may have disappeared by now but I always liked Christmas Steps as a preserved bit of the city. Unlike the more developed parts of Bristol the steps feel they reveal a bit of the City’s history. Something unchanged and authentic from it’s past.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, glad it gets to you! Can’t recall Ruffians these days, and in nearly all of the 80s I was in Kenya. You’re right, Christmas Steps preserves the history; Bristol has become very fashionable (and expensive!), but to me most of it has been developed in a very bland, unexceptional and commercial way – its a place to live, its ok, but I see very little to get enthusiastic about. A 🙂

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  3. Excellent in B&W, Adrian. I like the light, the long, black shadow and the diagonal.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Harrie, thank you very much, my friend! Adrian 🙂 🙂 🙂 (you may receive this reply twice as my internet connection decided to disappear as I first sent it – “$%^*(*(^, and then some!!!!!) 😦

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