SOMERSET LEVELS 431 – WALKING WESTON’S STREETS

 

 

Uncertain destination

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Weston-super-Mare, my home town, on the coast where the Somerset Levels run down into the Bristol Channel – the local, somewhat muddy, version of the sea.  Following a recent reunion with age-old friends there (here), I’ve been visiting Weston again, and walking streets echoing with things remembered – sometimes only half-remembered –  from over half a century ago.

Weston is a seaside town and, like seaside towns the UK over, it is experiencing something of an economic downturn – the era of the family seaside holiday in uncertain British weather is long past, due to cheap holidays in warmer and far more reliable, foreign climes.  So, there is to Weston something of the cheap and cheerful, a – to me, anyway – rather attractive tattiness at the edges, that makes walking here with a camera a pleasure – a definite feeling of not knowing what will appear next.  The Ghost of FATman Past perhaps?  Well, if he gives me half a chance, I’ll photograph him …

And so in Nov 2019 to pictures taken with an open mind – pictures which are, for better or for worse, in the main quite different from the preceding 400+ that I’ve posted of the Somerset Levels.  Some of them may be a little obscure / far out / radical / unexplained /  I don’t know… but I did mention photographing with an open mind, which means looking, on the spur of the moment, at anything and everything …    But, whatever, warts and all, I hope you’ll like (at least some of) these images.  (Click onto them to enlarge them)

A short history of Weston is here.

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Wet morning

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Cracked and weathered frontage – built of one of the honey-coloured limestones from the Cotswold area, like Bath Stone.  An older house, once genteel.

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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.

10 Responses to SOMERSET LEVELS 431 – WALKING WESTON’S STREETS

  1. bluebrightly says:

    Keep going with the open mind, you never know what you’re going to find (though I know I don’t need to encourage you). This three photos are so different, but they do tell a story together. I liked the information about seaside holidays, too, that makes sense.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, open mind, always. I chose the pics to be different from each other; I don’t think they’re especially strong, but this is very much a try at something different – in a way not deliberately trying for a single, strong image. And yes, seaside hols are no longer the thing – perhaps lacking “modern sophistication”??? – but I like Weston’s tattiness – some might call it patina. 🙂

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  2. Meanderer says:

    That alleyway looks very foreboding but I love the colours and textures.

    Came across an article on the Guardian online yesterday about an artist who creates postcards of places around the UK. They’re a little cruel and cutting I think but interesting. There is a link to his website at the bottom of the article where his version of Weston can be found:

    https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/nov/29/rubbish-seaside-a-backhanded-love-letter-to-urban-britain

    Also came across this on twitter a couple of days ago regarding our recent swearword-non-swearword discussion which I found very amusing:

    🙂

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  3. oneowner says:

    I like them all! It’s a holiday here in the US so HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

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  4. Sonali Dalal says:

    I like all the textures i see here.

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  5. Nice post Adrian; walking through half of your past.. 🙂

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