SOMERSET LEVELS 439 – WALKING WESTON’S STREETS 6

 

 

Autumn on drain cover

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 twice to enlarge them)

Earlier posts in this series are here: 1 2 3 4 5 .

A short history of Weston is here.
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Looking up on the High Street: demise of the seaside holiday, and the economic plight of so many seaside towns

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 Looking into a trendy bar

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Rainy morning: umbrella in car

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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.

14 Responses to SOMERSET LEVELS 439 – WALKING WESTON’S STREETS 6

  1. bluebrightly says:

    I would love to walk around Weston, immersing myself in that “rather attractive tattiness at the edges.” The grouping paints a picture – I could almost be there.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      So glad that you like this, and that you can feel as if you’re there! I do so relish tattiness at the edges, its so much more interesting and characterful than the bland, mass market, unimaginative asepticness (what a word!!!) that is aimed only at making profits.

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  2. The bw photo of the bottles stood out in this post. Happy new year

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  3. Meanderer says:

    The leaf for me! I like the tension there – it feels as if the leaf is going to slip down. Cezanne painted some of his still lifes like that 🙂

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  4. I’d prefer to be original, but I have to agree with the crowd. The umbrella is my one also, but I hear the bottle calling out for a new candle.

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  5. Andrew says:

    The umbrella in the car is my favourite. I’ve never been to Weston but I’m sure there are plenty of other seaside towns facing the same fate. Perhaps they will be saved by climate change and our exit from the EU.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, the umbrella is probably the one. And oh yes, most of Britain’s seaside towns are feeling the pinch, very much so – the demise of the traditional seaside family holiday, in favour of warmer and more assured climates abroad; but, purely selfishly, I enjoy the tattiness at Weston’s edges, it brings more interest than characterless, aseptic modernity.

      Well, you’re talking to a Brexiteer here, have been from Day One, but who can tell what will happen? But with sea levels rising due to climate change, and Weston, Burnham and the Somerset Levels sitting beside the huge (40′-50′) tides of the Bristol Channel, things may not go well. Even from my youth, 50 years ago, I can remember the storm-driven tide coming over Weston’s sea wall.

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  6. Sonali Dalal says:

    One with the leaf. Kind of photo i love 🙂

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  7. Fine set! the umbrella is great! 🙂

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