Modern housing near the school mentioned in the previous post – number 47 in the list below.

This may possibly be meant to be a pedestrian lane, but the nearest road access to the front of the first few houses on the left seems to be by the white house in the far distance, and there is a vehicle just visible in the front garden of the first house on the left.  The stout, uncompromising metal bars in the foreground stop four-wheeled motor vehicles (at least) from accessing a green space and children’s play area behind the camera: all entrances to this green space are protected in this way.

There are earlier Modern Housing 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 42 43 44 45 46 47 .  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 enlarge it further – recommended.

Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 800 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Monotone film simulation; south Bristol; 4 Oct 2018 >>> I must be slipping, using Lightroom to produce black and white when I have Silver Efex Pro 2 available!  But Lightroom does a job for basic things like this, although I don’t rate its black and white presets at all.  I’m sure I’m guilty of a certain amount of snobbishness here, and laziness too, but for me SEP2 gives such a raft of possibilities that, in the great majority of cases, its unthinkable to use anything else.  That said, Lightroom does have the various Acros black and white film simulations for the Fujifilm X-T2 and they’re quite good.




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. Imposing indeed. Looking at it at first, I thought a man stood to the right beyond the bars. A closer look? A bush, but that bush gave me the heebie jeebies for a sec. Black and white definitely the way to set the tone.

    There’s a story here (or two)



  2. kutukamus says:

    Somehow, I find the metal bars imposing. 🙂


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, they are imposing: two things to say really. First, I have intentionally made them so, by having them so prominently placed in my picture: here, they appear to be much larger than they actually are in relation to the houses. And their chipped paintwork hints at disrepair.

      Second, they are imposing to some extent in real life: you have to pass them if you want to get to the green area and its kids playground. They are presumably necessary for keeping motor vehicles out of the quiet, green space with its playground – simply telling people that they are not allowed to drive them is presumably not enough. 🙂

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  3. paula graham says:

    the Black&White sets the tone!


  4. So,question Adrian. You use the term ‘modern houses’ here. Is this a general name for the type of row house or a comparison to say more traditional cottage style. I am always interested in the use of language. Comes from living with someone from Maine, US.

    BTW, nice use of B&W. EFex is great, but at times why bother 🙂


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Good question, Ted. Such houses are not bang up to date, that’s for sure, but they’re certainly post-war, and I would guess 1970s perhaps, so my use of “modern” has no precise connotation. But when I walk in these suburbs, as would happen were I to walk in many other suburbs around the country I imagine, I get an impression of drabness, of functionality prioritised over visual attractiveness – these houses do their job, and not a huge amount more. But then, putting roofs over people’s heads is basically what its all about.

      I can go two ways from here. Becoming more modern, you get more or less what you pay for, but stories abound about the cheaper end of the market – cheap materials, poor sound proofing, small rooms, etc.

      And going the other way, back to the cottage style that you mention, well these are mostly rural, fashionable and expensive now, and there is much gentrification. Adrian


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