ABOUT

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  • Hi! I’m Adrian Lewis (aka The FATman), living in Bristol, UK.

  • I greatly value photography as a means of creativity and self-expression, and enjoy writing too.

  • My aim is to create beautiful and/or striking pictures, and to write about them and about photography in general. 

  • My images are spread through the genres, tending towards adventurous rather than staid, and I’m very interested in the visual composition of pictures.

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GENRES – WHAT DO I LIKE TO PHOTOGRAPH?

    • Anything that makes a good photograph, in monochrome, colour or a combination of the two,

    • especially wildlife, natural things – animals, birds, plants, abstracts, landscapes, skyscapes, weather, water, still life,

    • and also people, portraits, figure studies, some candids,

    • and urban – cityscapes, vehicles, buildings, architecture, especially where abstract.

    • But, so far, never sports, fashion, news, current issues or reportage –  and only occasionally food (though I do eat rather a lot of it, as well as being partial to good beer and cider)..

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WHAT SORTS OF PHOTOS WILL YOU FIND IN HERE?

    • I have Minimalist tendencies, so sometimes graphic shots (in the sense of using form, colour, texture, etc, often in abstract compositions).

    • Shots are often tightly cropped and closely adhering to both KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid!) and Robert Capa’s “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough”.

    • I don’t photograph the picturesque, or produce many series of pictures that tell stories, i.e. narrative photos – the great majority of my shots stand alone.  Similarly, my pictures are not intended to be symbolic – what you see is what you get, and there are seldom hidden meanings..

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LOOKING AT OTHER BLOGGERS’ IMAGES

  • Its always good to look at other photographers’ pictures.  It expands our experience of the visual world and, because this makes us more visually aware, it enables us to be better photographers.

  • For this reason, I both follow others’ blogs, and also take regular looks through WordPress’s FRESHLY PRESSED listings, where I can see the work of photographers that I don’t currently follow.

  • I believe in highlighting and showcasing other photographers’ work, and so every post that I Like on WordPress is listed in my blog’s sidebar, under the title “IMAGES I’VE LIKED RECENTLY”.  New posts coming onto this list displace the older posts already there.

  • IMAGES I’VE LIKED RECENTLY is added to every day or two,  and the date of the most recent update is given near the top of my blog’s sidebar, just above the “Subscribe to this blog” heading..

 

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I hope you’ll enjoy my images.

 

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108 Responses to ABOUT

  1. MrsD says:

    Hi Adrian – Thanks for liking and featuring my “Feeling Better” image in your “Liked Recently” widget. It made a nice start to my day. I see you are West Country. You wouldn’t know it from my subject matter but I live in West Cornwall… and decades ago I studied in Taunton and love the Somerset Levels. I shall keep an eye on your photos for sure. Thanks again.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Lynn, very good to hear from you! I’m in Bristol, but my whole being looks southwards, to the Mendips, the Levels, and then down to Dorset (oh Dorset!), Devon and Cornwall. Its a pleasure looking at your blog. Glad you like my pictures – thank you! Adrian 🙂

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  2. bluebrightly says:

    Apparently I wasn’t following you – thought I was – so I clicked it again. 🙂

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I’ve been caught out like that too – thank you for “your follow”! And if everything of mine now comes to you twice, well you’ll be able to see it in stereo … 😀

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  3. pamatography says:

    Good Morning Adrian

    Thanks for liking our photo Reichstag Constitutional.

    Enjoying your blog.

    I am also grateful to you for having on your wordpress page the widget for your recent likes. Didn’t know it was there, now I do, now we can show other people what we have liked recently.

    As you are in my home town am I allowed to ask if you are a Gashead or follow the other lot?

    I’m in Nottingham today to see my Team today, which will give you a clue as to who I follow, though living in Derby these days, it’s more like attending a home game than an away fixture.

    Best wishes

    Paula and Martin

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Great stuff! >>> yes I do like your picture, and I’m over onto your blog after writing this, to give more detail on why I like it. Happy to be helpful re the widget 🙂 ! Gashead??? I have a feeling you’re talking about football but I’m not at all a football fan, or indeed any other type of sports fan comes to that >>> but I do have disproportionate enthusiasm, bordering on worship, for the team of worthies who import Belgium’s Duvel beer into the UK, and I’m also into Impressionist painters and Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood, but that’s about as far as it goes 😉 ! Thanks very much for your thoughts! Adrian 🙂

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  4. Abigail says:

    Once again, thank you for visiting my blog! I still consider myself an amateur photographer (since I’ve only posted one such post so far 😄), but I think your photos are amazing. Adventurous, right? It makes me wonder about other possible directions my future images can take. I look forward to seeing more from you!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Abigail, its good to hear from you, and thank you very much for the good things you say about my images! 🙂 With regard to blogging and photography, the world really is your oyster. There is no pressure, your can make posts as frequently or infrequently as you like – about whatever you like! I see from your blog that you’ve already made posts about various things.

      If you’re interested by photography, then please do look at my pictures as I try to work in many genres, with a variety of subjects – but equally look around as widely as you can, the blogosphere is full of ideas! You’ll find comments from many different bloggers on my blog.

      I’ve just started a category of posts called Talking Images. If you’re into communication they might interest you. There are two out at present, with a third coming soon. You can find my various categories in a drop down list in my blog’s sidebar.

      I wish you luck! If you have any questions about photography or blogging, please don’t hesitate to ask. Adrian 🙂

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      • Abigail says:

        Thank you! I’ll check out Talking Images, it does sound interesting. Also, I’m not sure if this is the place to ask this, but do you have any recommendations for a camera suitable for beginners? I see that you own a Canon Powershot G11, is it worth a look for a newbie like me?

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Oh this is certainly the place to ask about cameras suitable for beginners – the people in this part of the blogosphere have cameras coming out of their ears! But attaching your query to my “About” page is not a good idea as relatively few people look at this page – that is, relative to the pages on which my posts come out. And my G11, although excellent, is now out of production – I think Canon is up to the G15 or so now >>> in this digital age, new cameras are coming out all of the time! My main cameras are big, full frame Nikons – a D700 and D800 – but I think they will be too big, heavy and expensive for you.

          OK, this is what we will do. If you can provide me with a few basic details, I’ll put out a post on my blog, stating your broad requirements and (most important!) budget, and ask for my readers’ ideas – which you can then think about – as well as raising further questions if you want to.

          So the sort of info I need. First, we need to say a little bit about you, so bloggers know who is asking. I think you’re in the States but I know little about education in the States. Are you in High School or something like that, or are you a college student? And as you said, you’re on a Mass Communication course – right?

          OK, now approximately how much do you want to spend on a camera?

          Then, what kinds of things will you want to use that camera to photograph – what genres? It may well be that your needs are general, by which I mean a camera that you’ll be able to use for taking photos of lots of different things – am I right? More specialised genres would be people (incl portraits), sport (telephoto needed here), food and small things (close focusing needed), landscapes, urban landscapes, pets, abstracts, street photography – the list is endless. But I would imagine that, to start off with at least, your camera would need to be used for quite a large variety of subjects. What do you think?

          So, let me have the info, and I will put out the post – which will also of course publicize your blog. Adrian

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          • Abigail says:

            I really really appreciate your help 😄 Well, first off, I live in Singapore. I study Mass Communications in a school we call a polytechnic.

            Definitely interested in photography, although I’m still unsure on how far I will take this interest. Hmm budget? I’ll say at most around $500-$600? I don’t mind if it is slightly bulky, but it would be nice to have a small camera.

            I’m alright with any genre, though I find myself leaning a little towards macro photography.

            Thank you so much for helping!

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            • Adrian Lewis says:

              Right, ok, leave it to me – and watch this space! It will be the third post in my Talking Images series, and it’ll be posted today or tomorrow. Two follow up questions:

              1. Are you quoting your budget in Singapore dollars? If so, that’s equivalent to about £300 UK pounds or $480 US dollars.

              2. Are goods like cameras highly taxed in Singapore? I think I’ve heard that Singapore is cheap for such things – but that might just be Duty Free at the airport. I’m trying to get a rough idea of “how much camera you will get for your money” in Singapore.

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          To clarify what I’ve said in my main reply to your query, I DON’T need details about who you are and where you are.

          I’m aiming at writing something like “Abigail is a young college student in The States who has an interest in photography. She is taking a course in Mass Communication and she is a relatively new blogger on WordPress. She has a budget of about $XXX, and she’s looking for a relatively small and easy to carry camera that would be able to handle a wide range of photographic situations – I guess something with a zoom lens. Any suggestions very welcome”. Something like that. A

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  5. megdekorne says:

    I really like your blog…gorgeous photos ! Thankyou as well for visiting me .. Xx

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  6. montserrat sobral says:

    Hello!
    I have nominated you for One Lovely Blog Award 🙂

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  7. bigbird34 says:

    Thanks for the like! Love the name of your blog and you have lovely images. The ones of the little girl are adorable.

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  8. Hello there! Thank you so much for the like on my blog, it lifted my spirits a ton! I enjoyed getting to do some exploring on your page, your images are incredible and surreal. Keep up the amazing work and wishing you all the best.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Hi Melanie, thanks for getting in touch! I look through WordPress’s Freshly Pressed most days, and it just showed the top picture on your post, which immediately caught my eye – and hence the very genuinely felt Like. Now, having heard from you, I’ve looked at the whole post and I’m very impressed by your whole set of pictures. I like the setting, on the railroad tracks below the bridge, and I like the grunge – tho being an oldie I’m none too sure what the term means! – and, taking them from the top, I especially like pictures 1, 3 and 7. I wish I had models like your sisters! I think you should put out more photography on your blog, you have talent.

      Thanks you very much for the good things you say about my pictures – and I wish you all the best too! Adrian

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  9. Carrie says:

    Hello Adrian, I wanted to let you know I nominated your blog for “The Beautiful Blogger Award”. Your images are stunning and I just really appreciate your work and words. No pressure of course, I just wanted you to know. http://theshadytree.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/beautiful-blogs/

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Carrie, thank you very much for your kind nomination for the Beautiful Blogger Award – and for the very kind things you say about my photography and writing. However I’ve never accepted any of the (few!) awards that I’ve been nominated for – somehow they’re not me! But as I say at the start of my Responses lists, I do very much enjoy receiving and responding to Comments on my blog, and I hope that you will continue passing on your thoughts – I hope you’re not offended by my refusal!

      And thank you especially for mentioning my words. Images are my main thing, but I do enjoy writing very much and its to good to know that others enjoy my words too.

      Thank you again. Adrian

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      • Carrie says:

        Hi Adrian, of course I totally understand and in no way, am I offended. Honestly, blogger awards are not really my thing either. This is the first award I was offered on my rather new (only about 3 months old) blog. And, I totally knew that probably most of those I nominated wouldn’t move the award along further. My point in nominating all of these bloggers, you included, is that you have all influenced me in one way or another and I wanted to say thank you.
        So, know that I will still be commenting, viewing and enjoying your work regardless of your stance on blogging awards 🙂

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Carrie, thank you very much, I’m glad not to have caused offence. And if I have influenced you – hopefully to the good! – then that’s good to know. Adrian

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          • Carrie says:

            Yes! Most definitely to the good. Your images offer a unique perspective that I would have never thought to take unless I followed your work. I just worked up an image I am entering in Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness challenge for next week that I doubt I would have taken 2 months ago. It makes me so happy.

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  10. Great images, Adrian!

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  11. A lot of amazing pics!
    Much respect!

    Saluti dall’Italia

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  12. Great to meet you…From one photographer to the next…I appreciate your work…we have a similar outlook of photography….it’s all about the creative, simplicity and expression. 🙂 Keep being awesome…. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  13. Nice intro Adrian, looks like there is a wide subject range and why not. I never know what I am going to photograph. unless it i something I saw the previous day and am simply going back with a camera. Thanks for the like on my own somewhat humble blog Adrian. MM 🍀

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Hello, Mick! That is a great picture from Dorset, I like it very much. It may not still be there now, but if I Like anyone’s image, it automatically appears on the lower right of my blog’s pages, in the sidebar. I make regular trawls through WordPress’s Freshly Pressed, looking for things I like – its always good to look at other photographers’ images – as someone wrote recently, it “adds to the library in my head”.

      I think you’re absolutely right about the redundancy thing – its not an end, its a new start, and it provides opportunities. You need to think about a new destination or, indeed, destinations. I’m recently retired and, although this is a more comfortable scenario, its also a time for thinking about new things. I’m heavily wedded to creative self-expression, and so photography and my blog, but there are other things too.

      The really striking thing is that retirement has extricated me from our modern, time-starved society – I never have to rush to quickly do this or quickly do that – its really a profound change, and something of great value.

      I wish you luck with your new endeavours, whatever they may be! Keep an open mind. Never reject the unthinkable out of hand.

      And thanks indeed for following my blog, I hope you’ll like my pictures! Adrian 🙂

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  14. Hi; great blog you have; lots of good photo’s. I like and recognize the diversity; open for any kind of beauty. I’m going to hit the follow-button. Cheers, harrie.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Hi Harrie! Thank you very much for your kind words – and for following my blog – I hope you’ll enjoy its images!

      And thank you too for ” I like and recognize the diversity; open for any kind of beauty” – I hadn’t thought of it like that, but I suppose that I am open for any kind of beauty – thank you for the insight! Adrian

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  15. Malin H says:

    Interesting!

    These lines; “Similarly, my pictures are not intended to be symbolic – what you see is what you get, and there are seldom hidden meanings..”

    I often say that if all photographers only knew how much they actually reveal about themselves in their photographs, they wouldn’t dare to show them. The way of photographing, what motives you to choose to photograph and how you choose to photograph says quite a lot about the person behind the camera.

    🙂

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Oh I agree, but I’m happy for people to make of me what they will from the images I create – I’m getting older, 63 now, and largely ceasing to care about others’ opinions of me – I think this is an age thing! 🙂

      I always try to be honest on my blog, and take the good comments with the bad – I approve virtually all comments, apart from those that might cause the sender embarrassment.

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      • Malin H says:

        I really like your photography. 🙂 And I think you’re right about the age thing. I will be 42 tomorrow and I have always been a thinker and I have always loved to observe whats going around me and whats going around inside myself.
        🙂

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Well, happy birthday tomorrow, Malin! 🙂 I’ve been a thinker too, but I’m not too sure about being perceptive with regard human beings – which is perhaps why few of my pictures contain narratives – that I’m conscious of, that is! All good wishes for tomorrow! 🙂

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          • Malin H says:

            Thank you Adrian! 🙂

            I find it very interesting to exchange both thoughts and questions about life and photography. 🙂

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            • Adrian Lewis says:

              Yes, I agree, it is interesting. My blog holds two basic attractions for me. There’s creating and posting images of course. But I’m also very interested in, and stimulated by, communication with other bloggers – just as you say, questions of photography and life – blogging without this communication would be a very lessened and poorer thing.

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  16. petrel41 says:

    Dear Adrian,

    Congratulations! I have nominated your blog for the Super Sweet Blogger Award.

    More about this nomination is at

    http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/super-sweet-blogger-award-thanks-jill-and-tazein/

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  17. Gemma says:

    The circuitous route – by way of poppytump. Did a little browsing this morning. I’m looking forward to more 🙂

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  18. Emily Gooch says:

    Thank Adrian for your visit to my blog so that I can discover your amazing photography skills. Your variety collection of styles and technique gives me great inspiration. I look forward to following your blog. 🙂

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  19. smackedpentax says:

    Hi, I found your blog this morning and I must say I am really impressed. Your photographs are really imaginative and your writing is very interesting..I like your take on things…you have a new fan!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you very much, smackedpentax – boy you’ve plastered a few Likes on here this morning! I see you’re following my blog too – thank you – I’ll certainly get over to look at your blog too! Thanks for your good words! Adrian

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  20. Luddy says:

    Love your work! I’ve added you — er, your blog — to my blogroll.

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  21. losangelas says:

    Hey Adrian,
    With pleasure I follow your blog, your photo’s are inspiring, and your view on things is admiring.
    For that I would like to pass you on this award! ENJOY!!
    http://losangelas.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/and-the-award-goes-to/

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  22. adrianpym says:

    Hi,
    I’ve just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award as I have been inspired by your blog.
    http://adrianpym.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/my-first-award/

    You can of course choose whether or not to accept this award, if you do please pass on to others who inspire you.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Adrian, thank you very much indeed for this nomination, I’m very pleased that you like my blog – and very glad to be inspiring you! Inspiring people with my images, if I’m able to, is certainly one of the worthwhile things in life!

      However, blogwise, the one thing that I am woefully short of at the moment is spare time. I realise that this may seem a strange thing to say, but a full time job eats huge chunks out of my life at present, such that I’m often searching for time to spend blogging. So I won’t pursue your very generously given nomination – but thanks a lot!

      I’ve just visited your blog and seen pictures from the Cotswolds – not far from here and a very beautiful area. But for some reason doubtlessly deeply etched in my soul, I feel more at home in areas south of Bristol – and hence to the Somerset Levels.

      So, thanks again – and your nomination has certainly inspired me! Adrian

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  23. Thanks for the thoughtful feedback, I appreciate it. (Though I don’t crop my photos. I use one prime lens)

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      That’s OK, Claire >>> I like your photos! But only using one prime and not cropping – that’s hard work >>> but very good discipline! Almost puritanical – but that’s more or less what Cartier-Bresson did too, and I certainly admire you for taking that line.

      But I’m lazy and a scavenger too, and I’ll use all the help that I can get to produce an image – I suppose a prime (no pun intended!!!) tenet of mine is that the end always justifies the means, i.e. the amount of digital manipulation required to make an image is wholly irrelevant if the product looks “good” in my eyes.

      Good to talk to you – maybe we’ll talk again. Adrian

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  24. andybeel says:

    Hi Adrian would you like to email me on andy@andybeelfrps.co.uk I have something I want to discuss with you. Thanks

    http://www.andybeelfrps.co.uk

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  25. analoguejimi says:

    Hey Adrian,

    finally I added your marvelous blog to my site. 😉

    Would you mind to propose a challenge for me?

    http://filmislove.org/2011/12/04/the-1361250′-challenge-you-decide-what-i-do/

    Best regards,

    Jimi

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Jimi, thank you for adding me to your blog, that’s very kind of you! By the way, there is a Provia 400 shot, pushed to 3,200 ISO, coming soon – have a look. Its grainy and rather garish. but I think its OK, and I employed no special processing, just routinely scanned it. Right, I’m off to think of a challenge! Thanks again! Adrian

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  26. krikitarts says:

    Adrian,
    I followed a link to your site, from a comment you made on another, and have just paid my first visit to your world. I like what I see and am looking forward to a more detailed study. I especially like your monochrome of Dorset (1) and Up Sydling. Myompliments on some very nice work!
    -Gary

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  28. Intersting blog, I’m going to keep an eye on it.

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  29. xandreverkes says:

    Hi Adrian! Thanks for stopping by my blog!! I’ve come across your blog quite a few times now – – – I think its a sign I should be following you! – – – … I love your photos!! You really have a talent of capturing the essence of a feeling/emotion! Your portraits are beautiful! Keep it up… I will definitely be checking in again soon! 🙂 **

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Hi xandreverkes! Yes, I had a look at your blog this morning and liked your stuff. Thank you for the good things you say about my photos – I’m quite taken aback >>> I don’t think I’ve ever had such good and extended comments before! Another portrait – “Woman with her eyes closed” – is coming soon. Thank you again. Adrian

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