As so often happens, a grab shot – time for only one, very quick shot –  as passing traffic momentarily slowed down.  Luckily I had the camera set to spot metering linked to the active autofocus point, something I’m using quite a lot at the moment.  And the telephoto zoom was fully extended.  I just raised the camera to my eye, it found focus on her hand almost instantaneously, and I fired.

What do I think about this image?  Well, a passing soul, a passing someone, a stranger to me as I am to her, someone going somewhere.  But now, I suppose, part of a design, resting her fingers upon – or is she helping support?! – a curving metallic blueness set in a photographically enhanced darkness.  And if I could produce more such images, of beings in artificial, abstract realities, I would.

The Looking at Cars series: looking back through the nine years of the FATman Photos archives (and some new images too), I’m posting pictures of cars in various contexts and styles.  These Looking at Cars posts are here: 1 (with context); 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 .  Each post will open in a separate window. 

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window – recommended.

Technique: X-T2 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 300mm (equiv); 800 ISO; Lightroom, including the Classic Chrome film simulation; Park Street, central Bristol; 7 Apr 2017.


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. Love the simplicity, and the whole idea of photographing cars in the way you do.


  2. Meanderer says:

    Wow – great job! Wonderful processing again to remove a lot of the context. It just shows how one must always ALWAYS be ready with the camera 🙂

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  3. This one got to me, bud. The bluish nails against the blue of the car competing for attention. The silver, black and gray tones of the plastic ring, watch, and background contrasting the bright, youthful skin tone. I checked the time on the timepiece. It made me nostalgic for watches that in 2017 and prior, were more prevalent (and, to me, more stylish than the now ever so popular Apple Watch.)
    I can see why you’d want to capture more like this.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, Bud, I’m glad that you understand why I’m drawn to this – tho whether I can do more in the same vein is another matter! I’ve never heard of an Apple Watch, I wear a battery driven version of a traditional watch with hands – its one concession to modernity is that, in a little window, is the date, simply as 15 for today. That does me! 🙂

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  4. It’s a great shot! Lots to like from the colours to composition. What I also saw before reading the title or your words was a photograph taken from above of a woman’s hand sweeping down a curved stair rail! I assumed it was a spiral staircase. It was great to then read your words and discover what the shot was and how you took it. It read like one of those moments where you felt very rewarded for making that grab shot. Very nice 🙂


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