Pavement with bottle and concrete seat; outside the former KPMG building, central Bristol; 9 Dec 2016.

This is early morning, and the golden tinge is produced by the building’s lights.

The original image (rotate this image by 90 degrees anti-clockwise) pictured Reality, and rotation by 90 degrees clockwise has apparently produced Unreality.  The bottle is either defying the force of gravity – >>> or I have cheated and glued it to a wall!

But, were we able to view the scene from this “unreal” angle, perhaps using something like a climbing frame or some other form of support, then this is what we would see – so that, in fact, this is Reality too, but seen from a different perspective.

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Technique: X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 186mm (equiv); 6400 ISO; rotated.


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.


  1. Turning this one really works! I vote for your having glued the bottle to the wall.


  2. I like it at any angle. The light is beautiful!


  3. msnyder1970 says:

    had you cropped out the bench it would’ve looked more so like it was defying gravity 😀


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I agree with you, definitely, Matt, but I thought to keep the bench for two reasons: first, it doesn’t look too much like a bench, its just a strange, curving, grey object down in the bottom right of the frame; and secondly, being down there, it may balance the composition a bit. Adrian

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      • msnyder1970 says:

        Heh, but if you crop the bench but keep the shadow of the bench, black in the lower right to me at least would look cooler. But its your eye mate and I’m not stepping on your creativity, being that I love your work.


        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Listen, I agree with you, Matt, that’s something I hadn’t thought of. If I were to bring the right margin of the frame in leftwards to where the bright, lit top of the seat intersects with the lower edge of the frame, then I could use post-processing to darken the bench’s leg and all other pale areas with the bench’s dark shadow, to achieve a uniformly dark lower right corner to the image, which might indeed look better / more Minimal than what is there now – thank you!

          Always happy to receive your (and anyone else’s) input >>> its always interesting, and useful too, to discuss images. Its one way in which we can sharpen our visual awareness. Adrian 🙂

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  4. Brilliant. (I thought you’d cheated.)


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