BRISTOL 140 – LOOKING DOWN STAIRS TOWARDS A CARPET

 

 


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With Paula in St Nicholas Market: a flight of battered yellow stairs lead down to a purple carpet.  Battered stairs?  Yes, well used, leading to a pub!

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Technique: Z 6 with 24-120 Nikkor lens used (by mistake!) in DX (= APS-C) format to give 63mm – going to DX format was not necessary as 63mm us within the 24-120 range of the lens ; 1600 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid v2 picture control; rotated; beside St Nicholas Market, Bristol; 3 June 2019.
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BRISTOL 139 – VIEW THROUGH A BUILDING

 

 


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Walking up St John’s Steep with Paula, and thence off left into narrower streets and alleys.

The going became shadier and more closed in, until suddenly we were looking right through a building and out into the brightness of an adjacent street.

But although the light and colours in that street were bright and welcoming, caged and barred darkness kept them inexorably distant.

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Technique: Z 6 with 24-120 Nikkor lens at 24mm; 400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Flat V2 picture control; off John Street, Bristol city centre; 3 June 2019.
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OUTER SUBURBS 114 – VIEW THROUGH A NARROW PASSAGE

 

 

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Walking along a pavement and looking to the right.   And – only because of the notice, mind! – managing to restrain the impulse to climb up for a better look.

And so to the Unnatural World – a closed in, claustrophobic collection of Humanity’s peripherals – the only living things in this view being the greenery around the wheels of the abandoned supermarket trolleys, and the tree just visible above the debris strewn roof of the boarded up garage. 

And can I manage anything positive here?  Well, only that, strange as I am, I never fail to be visually aroused by the sight of parts of vehicles – truncated vehicles if you like – down narrow passage ways; and the more so here, because this vehicle has tinted windows.  And you thought you were weird … 😉 …

The first image in the Outer Suburbs series, with context, is here: 1 .  Subsequent images are here: 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 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 53a 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 .  Each will open in a separate window.

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Technique: TG-5 at 100mm (equiv); 500 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Natural film preset; south Bristol; 20 Aug 2018.
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BRISTOL 137 – EARLY MORNING LIGHT – AND UNDER MILK WOOD

 

 


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Walking the old, narrow streets of Bristol city centre, looking at anything and everything.  And watching how the morning sunlight crept across the buildings’ facades, I was irresistibly reminded of lines written by Dylan Thomas in Under Milk Wood:

Time passes.  Listen.  Time passes. …

And the dawn inches up.

I just simply love the thought of being able to hear the passing of time; and similarly the sound and connotations of the word “inches” in this context grab me and do not let me go.

And Under Milk Wood itself?  I bought my first copy when I was a university student, and have never fallen out of love with it.  I can still remember opening the book and reading the first few words –

To begin at the beginning:

It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black, the cobblestreets silent and the hunched, courters’-and-rabbits’ wood limping invisible down to the sloeblack, slow, black, crowblack, fishingboat-bobbing sea.

>> and I was hooked, and I have been hooked – wonderfully hooked – ever since!  The words inspire me and I think, in some small measure, have affected how I look at the world, how I see it and how I photograph it.

You can find out about Under Milk Wood here .

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Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 1600 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid V2 picture control; Little King Street, in central Bristol; 10 May 2019.
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BRISTOL 134 – BOARDED UP PREMISES

 

 


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Early morning sunlight reaching across a boarded up building, a reflection of the currently challenging times.

And tags, part of a young people’s culture that I know I do not understand but, equally certainly, do not judge.

And mainly a picture of two colours, but also containing the pale grey of that sinuous bar on the door – the bar is partly in shadow, and rather gives the impression of coyly peeping out at us.

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Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor zoom at 70mm; 1600 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid V2 picture control; St Nicholas Street, central Bristol; 10 May 2019.
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SOMERSET LEVELS 338 – OLD BUILDING

 

 


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The rich hues of weathered corrugated iron.  And a feeling that this old structure is either sliding gently forwards to meet us, or subsiding down – again with gentle dignity – back into the all-enveloping, organic fecundity of the world into which it was born.

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Technique: X-T2 with 10-24 Fujinon lens at 15mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; Huntspill Moor, just east of East Huntspill, on the Somerset Levels; 3 May 2019.
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SOMERSET LEVELS 331 – A SHORT WALK BESIDE A FARM

 

 


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I take pictures of the Somerset Levels and, by and large, they are more or less scenic – I’m trying to portray/celebrate Nature, natural things.  But its certainly true that one of the things that attracts to the relatively small area of the Levels that I habitually infest is its unkempt, real and unprettyfied nature >>> quite in character for me, I suppose!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

This is real, working, agricultural country, warts and all.  There is no provision here for the tourist trade, and outside of the few commuter villages, no gentrification either.  This working countryside has with real working rubbish/refuse/trash – in some places quite startling amounts of it – along with functional but sometimes ramshackle buildings, and that’s all just fine by me.

And so to a short walk, and some photos, beside a farm on Little Moor – off to the west of the Tealham and Tadham Moors that I usually visit.

Clicking onto each image will open a larger version in a separate window, and clicking onto that image will further enlarge it >>> worthwhile, really, because these pictures contain a lot of detail and texture.

Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens; 3200 and 6400 ISO >>> it was a dull morning!; Lightroom; Little Moor, southeast of the village of Mark, on the Somerset Levels; 12 Apr 2019.
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OUTER SUBURBS 106 – PETROL STATION

 

 


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Canopy above the pumps in a supermarket petrol station.

Walking towards the supermarket on a beautifully sunny morning when, right in front of me,  this great, green and dark brown structure seemed to be floating up towards the clear blue sky.  There were three bands of colour – blue, green and dark – and then the less Minimal, more cluttered, human world below.

The first image in the Outer Suburbs series, with context, is here: 1 .  Subsequent images are here: 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 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 53a 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 .  Each will open in a separate window.

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Technique: TG-5 at 80mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid film simulation; south Bristol; 13 Apr 2019.
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OUTER SUBURBS 96 – PARKED CAR 2 (MONO)

 

 


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Walking the outer suburbs, this time somewhere a little closer to the city, this time somewhere a little more affluent.

Lots of cars like this, but the tree caught my eye – something almost Oriental here, something natural and graceful overlooking the sleek, manufactured metal – something natural completely at ease alongside the machine’s designer styling.

There is an earlier parked car image here: 1 .

The first image in the Outer Suburbs series, with context, is here: 1 .  Subsequent images are here: 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 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 53a 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 .  Each will open in a separate window.

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Technique: TG-5 at 46mm (equiv); 1250 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Monotone film simulation; south Bristol; 28 Feb 2019.
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PEOPLE 368 – GOING TO WORK 91

 

 


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Going to work, past Bristol’s brightly coloured (and decorated) houses.

You can see a summary of the Going to Work series here .

Earlier images from this series can be found here: 1, 2, 3, 45, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 1213, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 2324, 25, 26, 27, 28,  29, 30,  31,  32, 33  34  35  36 37  38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45  46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 Each will open in a separate window.

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Technique: TG-5 at 25mm (equiv); 800 ISO; Lightroom, using the Camera Vivid film simulation; St Luke’s Road, south Bristol; 29 Jan 2019.
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