Young people walking – briskly, spritely, full of life – on their way to college, I think.  And a large, dead, autumn leaf, lying on a low flight of steps – its that time of year, after all.

And even as I took this picture I felt the contrast here, between the energies of youth, of people who may think they’ll always be young (if they think about such things at all), people who have scant awareness of ageing (which is a very pleasant and worthwhile mindset to be in, by the way, let’s be very clear about that!!!) >>> and I felt the contrast between these youngsters and the incontrovertible evidence of Life’s eternal cycle, lying mute and unnoticed on the steps beside them.

Can’t remember what I was on in Weston – maybe I was just running on hot coffee and enthusiasm! –  or maybe it was just an effect of being back where I grew up, prior to setting off into the outside world in 1968 – maybe all of that Life, all of the times and experiences since then, were getting to me.

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

Technique: Z 6 with 24-120 Nikkor lens used in APS-C format to give 180mm; 1600 ISO; in-camera processing of the raw file, including use of the Graphite profile; no further processing;  High Street, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset; 8 Nov 2019.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer - using mono, colour and combinations of the two - many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous, trying new ideas, working in multiple genres. And I've a weakness for Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. Excellent photo, both in timing and content. How long did you wait for some young legs to pass by?


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      The legs were purely fortuitous, I was taking photos of the steps, leaf and reflections when the young people walked into the frame, and I managed I think 2 or 3 frames that included them. But I was immediately struck by the contrast between their youthful vitality and the inertia of the dead leaf. When things like this happen, its always good to go on shooting – just in case! A 🙂


  2. bluebrightly says:

    Well done, Adrian, well done.

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  3. Meanderer says:

    It’s interesting what thoughts come to mind whilst in certain places and how that effects what we choose to photograph. There’s a sadness about that leaf.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, I’m right with you re the sadness of the leaf; the whole scene got to me literally as I took the photo. Of course Weston holds so many memories for me, and I’ve only recently started going there again, following a meal out there with extremely old friends, which I showed a photo of on this blog. But its far from being all sad, and I do like the cheap and cheerful “seasideness” of the place, and the same for nearby Burnham-on-Sea too. But of course, having said that, seaside towns in general are not doing well these days. A 🙂

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  4. I don’t think we give a single thought to being forever young til it’s behind us. ❤️


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