Modern Life

Grass, in need of a cut as it happens, and the only natural thing on the menu here. 

Otherwise, a barrier to prevent the over enthusiastic from gunning their over powerful vehicles up and onto the grass.  

And a little glimpse of the adjacent pavement. 

And the detritus of a modern and civilised society that feels not only that its drinking water must come in bottles, but also that – thirst having been assuaged – local authority workers should then be left to dispose of / recycle said bottles.  If there is any thought at all behind this lifestyle beyond blank indifference, it is encapsulated by “Well, that’s what they’re paid for, isn’t it?“.

There are earlier Modern Life posts here: 1 2 3 4 5 .  Each will open in a separate window.

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 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 .  Each will open in a separate window.

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

Technique: TG-5 at 43mm (equiv); 800 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Monotone film simulation; south Bristol; 29 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. So sorry to know that the English exhibit this behavior, too. I’m overgeneralizing, but we Americans tend to think that you are more proper than we in all things.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Oh no, I don’t think we are more proper than you, tho the Trump era may tip the scales … >>> I think this is more or less worldwide – maybe somewhere in Scandinavia is immune, they seem to have got many things right.

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  2. LensScaper says:

    I’m struck by the word ‘smart’. Not smart to leave litter, the post is not smart, the grass is not smart. And water is not ‘smart’. The word is the counterpoint. It wouldn’t work nearly so well if the litter was a crisp bag. Well seen Adrian.

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  3. Somber glimpse of modern life. Excellent shot!


  4. paula graham says:

    Rubbish everywhere..sad, bad.


  5. ..Smartwater… This little spot says a lot. Well done, Adrian.


  6. Sallyann says:

    Oh dear… Very grey thoughts to go with this black and white picture.
    If there are any archaeologists left in the far distant future, they’ll be digging up plastic bottles and concrete posts and still trying to work out why. 😦


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, definitely. And we are now living in a time called the Anthropocene, ie the time of human activity, and one of the things that will mark this time in rocks (ie geologically) is the presence of plastic particles. A 🙂

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