Alleyway between garages and modern housing.

In terms of material content, in terms of hard things, what’s here?  Well, obviously, the supermarket trolleys: interestingly, they’re chained together, someone has collected them and fastened their security chains, so they can’t be separated and used to carry anything.  Maybe they have been secured like this ready for return to the supermarket – there’s even a company around here, I’ve seen their vehicles, that do nothing else but return wandering trolleys to their trolley parks – but the local kids have got to these first and, in an excess of youthful exuberance, overturned them.  And then there’s a leaking McDonalds drinks carton and, by the drain, other drinks cans less well seen –  and many dog ends (cigarette butts to you in The States).

And its all left here amongst the houses: unless you’re in this alley you don’t see it – so out of sight out of mind, maybe.

And, in terms of photography, in terms of reality translated to a flat plane, what’s here?  Well, contrasty, gritty, black and white, to show up the hard objects, sharp structures and rough textures: colour would introduce far too much informational overload – remember the KISS principle – K I S S – Keep It Simple, Stupid, although there are so many things in this image that it can never be truly simple or Minimal.

And finally, the rotation, so that the small area of paving stones is like a cliff face – a presentational plinth for “The Trolleys Sculpture” art installation maybe –  with lineations dropping steeply down from upper right towards lower left, but never quite getting all the way there.  Whereas the chained phalanx of trolleys is driving into the image from upper left, and cutting down across the paving stones’ linear textures towards lower right.

Well, this is how I see it.  You may see it quite differently.

There is an earlier Street Scene post here: 1 .

The first image in the Outer Suburbs series, with context, is here: 1 .  Subsequent images are here: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 .  Each will open in a separate window.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to further enlarge it.

Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 320 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid film simulation; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Architectural preset; rotated; south Bristol; 28 Aug 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.


  1. bluebrightly says:

    How you see it is pretty interesting, Adrian. I don’t always go for the rotations but this one works for me. Great processing, too.


  2. Wow! Some ‘narrative’ there, bud. All I see is dancing girls, kind of like the Rockets in Radio City Music Hall, lined up for their upcoming performance. What is Wrong with me?!?!?!?


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Wonderful! Nothing is wrong with you at all, Bud, you simply have that most valuable of commodities, a lively imagination >>> and I can see exactly what you’re talking about – thank you for your insight!!! Bud xxxXXX!!!

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  3. Meanderer says:

    They’ve been at the Duvel 🙂


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Hahaha! >>> to which I might point out that Duvel doesn’t make it into south Bristol – but that would be a bare-faced lie (not easy when you’re bearded …) as local supermarkets are right on the ball with the Big D, and the even better Citra version too!!! 😉

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  4. paula graham says:

    You found another great subject matter. Like it lots


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