FUJIFILM X100T @23mm, ISO 3200, 1/125 sec, f/9 [click image for larger size]
FUJIFILM X100T @23mm, ISO 3200, 1/125 sec, f/9
[click image for larger size]

The uneasy feeling of unfamiliarity, of not knowing what may come when you are a traveler in a new land. First impressions can be everything, so what foot do you put forward first?

This photo, like the previous, was taken in the city of Glasgow, Scotland, a place I rarely frequent, mainly out of laziness and comfort, mostly out of travel, sometimes out of cash but mainly out of laziness and comfort. For me Edinburgh is the constant, the same, the familiar, like a cosy cardigan I can wear for warmth, except instead of warmth I get street work. Glasgow, being the city less ventured by me, is full of equal parts mystery, adventure and imagined possibilities combined with the gut wrenching fear that I might get nothing and that all the great possibilities might just be in my head. I think anxiety keeps me fresh, I think, and change is a good as a rest, well that’s what I am told anyway. Fortune cookie stuff.

I was trying to get my bearings as I exited the station when I walked across this puddle. I looked down and saw what I thought was a snippet into another world or a giant brush stroke that has painted the top of our world onto the bottom. I liked it but nothing can ever perfect. I think humanity would crumble if it didn’t have something to work towards, like we don’t want ourselves to be happy and if we do it can only be one person’s version of happy. Utopia is a brilliantly crazy capitalist marketing strategy; keep the people working with dream of hope, ‘don’t worry sonny, you’ll get out from under the boot, one day. Now stop daydreaming and get back to work‘. The boot made the perfect finish to the image. “Nonsense, there is no perfect”. The boot completed the image, stomping on the dream and letting the waves ripple out.

Original unedited image
Original unedited image

The jpeg quality straight out of the Fuji X100T is really quite remarkable. Although I do edit most of my work I don’t feel like I have to do too much at all, unless I want to work on a combine that is. This image was an easy one; crop the image to remove the car, increase contrast by adjusting levels and curves and then add a little vibrancy to make the colours just a little brighter. As I say, very easy.

All thoughts and comments are welcome.

Happy Viewing

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