OUTER SUBURBS AT 100

 

I’ve just put out the 100th post in the Outer Suburbs series, which consists of pictures taken with an Olympus TOUGH TG-5 camera during long walks around Bristol’s southern suburbs.  I hadn’t imagined that this series would come so far, but carrying a small and quite flexible camera wherever you go does make for quite a substantial visual archive.  Naturally, some of the images are better than others: below are some of my favourites.

To see any of these images enlarged, click on the desired image and another version will open in a separate window – click onto that image to enlarge it further.

Links to the 100 posts of the Outer Suburbs series to date can be found a little way below here.

 

This is the scene that started the Outer Suburbs series.  I walked past it most mornings, was always visually drawn into it, and then decided that carrying a camera on my long walks might be a good idea.  And so to a Path Through Modern Housing.

I am unsure of the effects that the Outer Suburbs project – for better or for worse – has had on my photography.  Has the restriction to 25mm-100mm (equivalent) focal lengths limited my photography or made me more creative?   This question is especially relevant in view of the fact that I (very) often “see” and compose images at 300mm telephoto length, i.e. at x6 magnification.  Whatever the answer is here, I do intend doing more photography with larger sensor cameras and longer focal length lenses from here on in – full frame format with the new Nikon Z 6, and APS-C format with the excellent Fujifilm X-T2.

But two things are clear.  First, that the project, like my photography generally I think, is fairly diverse – it does not concentrate narrowly on any one genre.  And second, that the TG-5, which has a tiny 6.17mmx4.55mm sensor, is a wonderfully competent and adept little camera to carry around anywhere – not capable of all things, certainly – e.g. focal lengths outside the 25-100 range, and narrow depths of field in most situations – but then again certainly capable of taking on a wide range of photographic genres and situations.  It shoots in RAW format, which I use exclusively for all of my photography.

And my photography is very important to me, I suppose I regard it as a part of my identity, of who I am.  I revel in the creative opportunities that digital photography has brought, and I’m also very much into the writing that accompanies the images in this blog – I find all of this an absolutely wonderful means of creative self-expression. 

So, that said, where am I with photography overall?  Well, there are times when I feel that photography is a great world opening out in front of me (and hence getting the Z 6 to record that world) – but, not getting any younger, there are times too when I feel that, despite this, I no longer have the energy that I once had.  Well, as always, time will tell.  Watch this space! 🙂

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 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 53a 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100Each will open in a separate window.

Autumn

Metrobus

Bus shelter, wet morning

Autumn

Double glazing

Modern housing

Modern life

Walking just around dawn
Modern housing

Stormy sunrise

Early morning gutter with lamp post, frost, moss and banana skin

Autumn

Venus, and what impresses me these days

Path through modern housing

Autumn

Modern housing


A good plateful

A good night out

(Yes, you’re right, this final image was an afterthought, added at the end here only as a footnote)
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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.

15 Responses to OUTER SUBURBS AT 100

  1. Bear R Humphreys says:

    I haven’t been about much recently Adrian, sorry about that, catching up a bit now.

    Just imagine what someone like a Cartier-Bresson would have made of a camera of the TG-5’s size and power. Would probably be lost without the aperture ring and shutter speed dial though…

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Hello Bear, good to hear from you – apologies definitely not needed! 🙂 Yes, I agree, C-B would miss the aperture ring etc >>> technology charges on! I’ve been taking photographs for about 60 years, and the changes are out of this world. I’ve just got a Nikon Z 6 and, once again, amazing. One of the things that really get to me is how fast digital sensors are improving – 400 ISO was thought fast (and grainy!) in film days, but now the Z 6 produces good quality at 1600 ISO and higher. Adrian

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  2. Quite a collection (partial 😉) and you already know I love the narration. 🥰

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  3. A very enjoyable series and thoughts on your photography, Adrian. I’ll be watching 🙂 .

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  4. Meanderer says:

    I’ve enjoyed this series very much and it’s interesting to see which have been your favourites. As I’ve said before, it’s a joy coming over here to see what you’ve posted – partly for the inspiring creativity, and partly because your subjects are often very different to the types of subjects I tend to photograph – so it feels fresh. Good stuff, my friend 🙂

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  5. Congratulations Adrian! It’s a wonderful series.

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  6. paula graham says:

    Excellent series..so simple , yet poignant being about people’s life’s

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  7. Goff James says:

    Hi. Thanks for sharing such great and interesting images – each with its own tale to tell. Have a wonderful day, dear friend. Happy Photography. Happy Blogging. Goff

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