Walking in The Boulevard, one of Weston’s main streets.  It was a wet morning, rain forever around, and there was a lot of surface water.  In my path, a large puddle spread across the pavement and, well before I reached it, I could see reflections in it – and so to ramping the telezoom up to 300mm and, standing quite some distance back from it, looking at and into this puddle.

I was looking into another world.  There was the reflection of a tall street lamp and, nearer, a street sign too, and the patterns of paving stones were also visible.  I’d taken several frames when the reflection of a gull suddenly passed through the frame – and I managed a single shot before it was gone.  And thence to simplifying the image by presenting it in mono, and presenting it upside down to make it more readable, while preserving the dreamlike, otherworldly atmosphere.

And, in yet another (this time, bygone) world >>> opposite this spot, 60 years ago, a toy shop called Driver’s was an exciting centre in my young life – forever adding to my vast regiments of toy soldiers, and also allowing me to buy fireworks in the days when they were both affordable and freely available to youngsters like me.  For those of you old enough, do Penny Bangers, Jumping Jacks, Volcanoes and Catherine Wheels bring back any memories???  We youngsters used to light a Penny Banger (effectively a small explosive device, costing one OLD penny) and hold it until it started fizzing and was just about to explode, and then drop it into a puddle, when it would shoot across the surface of the water before blowing up: delighted – and retaining all our fingers too – we called it a Torpedo …..

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Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 3200 ISO; in-camera processing of raw file, using the Graphite profile; further processing in Lightroom; 180 degrees’ rotation;  The Boulevard, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset; 22 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. Mathias LK says:

    Fine story, great picture, Adrian!


  2. Meanderer says:

    Love the dream-like quality to this image; so evocative 🙂

    I do remember the fireworks of old although I didn’t buy them (being a good girl 🙂 ) but I remember naughty little boys running around with bangers frightening girls with them 🙂


  3. Sonali Dalal says:

    Lucky you!! Apart from luck it needs an eye to catch a moment! I like it for the abstractness of it. Static and motion together.


  4. oneowner says:

    Yes, I remember lighting firecrackers and seeing how long you can hold them in your hand before the explosion blew off several fingers. Those were the good old days. My ex-brother in law lost 3 fingers and one eye doing that.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I’m shocked to hear about your ex-brother in law – a banger thrown at me exploded near my eye more or less without injury and I remember a group of us kids having a rocket fired at us, that was close, but I don’t recall any other injuries. The good old days??? Rose=-coloured glasses??? Don’t know, except that (a) Health & Safety in the UK stifles me, and (b) I lived in Africa where H&S was non-existent, and everyone relied on common sense more, as we did in my youth. A 🙂


  5. I don’t know exactly why, and that isn’t always important anyway, but I really like this, Adrian. The soaring bird (gull?) would be a fine subject but it seems to work well with the projecting street lamp fixture. And the fact that this is all a reflection in a puddle on a stormy day. Just very nice.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Steve, thank you very much! Yes, its a gull, one of the larger ones, a Herring or Lesser Black-backed. Rather than looking down into the puddle, I was standing some way back with a long telephoto (the lens I’m married to), and this gave me a more interesting perspective – the gull was sheer luck and a very quick jab on the shutter release! Adrian 🙂


  6. Wow, what a mood.. Excellent Amigo!


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