SOMERSET LEVELS 433 – WALKING WESTON’S STREETS 3

 

 

Wet morning: face with condensation or rainwater

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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)

Earlier posts in this series are here: 1 2 .

A short history of Weston is here.

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Front door

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Wet morning

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Autumn

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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.

14 Responses to SOMERSET LEVELS 433 – WALKING WESTON’S STREETS 3

  1. bluebrightly says:

    An interesting and disparate group of images…my, those eyes are warm and piercing. Autumn has such flow and reach to it. I’m with Stella above – go for it. 🙂

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  2. Stella says:

    I love experimental work. Sometimes it’s rewarding to just go for it and see what you get and you’ve been well rewarded here it seems to me.

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  3. Meanderer says:

    Love all of these, but that last one – Autumn – is gorgeous; wish I’d taken it 🙂

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  4. Sonali Dalal says:

    I like this series for variety of shots you have captured. It means viewers have more chance to use their imagination about the city. Like the edit too.

    A question. How do you take a decision about the kind of editing you would like to do with a particular image or set of images?

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Sonali, I’m very glad that you’re enjoying this short series; there are more to come when I can find the time to get them organised. Thank you! 🙂

      Variety is the thing here really, in each of these posts I’m trying to give a variety of images / approaches. I DON’T necessarily think each image good, but I’m looking at different approaches, with images that are often very spontaneously taken.

      Thank you too for your question. I never, ever think of one type of editing for a set of images. Although I may use similar settings in more than one image, each image is always considered individually – I either have an initial idea of how I might edit it, or I play around with it in-camera and/or in Lightroom (which is ideal for such “playing”), to try and get ideas, to see what has potential – trying different crops is often important.

      Hope this is helpful, Sonali. By all means question me further if you want to. Adrian 🙂

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