Painted Black & Serendipitous Blur

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Blur.”

On a recent trip to London I sat on a window seat in a pub in Leicester Square and pondered on the fact that in the 1980s BT sold off a number of their red phone boxes to New World Payphones,  -     New World painted their boxes black to differentiate from the traditional BT red and as I sat there thinking about all things traditional and trying to capture the offending black phone box through the window of the pub serendipity smiled down on me. Recognisable all over the world the red double-decker bus is an iconic symbol of the city and as I focused on the phone box one sped along the street giving me my image of the day.


Have to admit was pretty pleased and immediately checked the exif data so could remember what to use next time I wanted to capture motion blur in an image.


Published by dmanderphoto

Dawn Mander, a Blackpool-based self taught photographer, exhibited worldwide,notably USA, Australia, Canada, Hamburg, Moscow Italy and U.K. and published internationally both in print and online. Dawn runs street photography walks in her hometown of Blackpool and gives talks at local colleges, schools and photography groups. In 2018 Dawn was nominated for the RPS Hundred Heroines campaign celebrating women in photography and in 2019 exhibited with over 80 female photographers in the RPS 'Representation on the Line:(Un)framing our Identities' held in Chelsea, Doncaster and Blackpool. For the latter she also executed the roles of organiser and co-curator. Dawn continues to work on her #DocumentingBlackpool & #PortraitofBlackpool series and is currently creating and co-curating exhibitions and community art projects at HIVE Blackpool. 2021 - Format Mass Isolation Project. The Peoples Picture at Quad in Derby 2021 - Double Trouble Festival, Women in Street/ Unexposed Collective exhibition at Bondi Beach and Brisbane Australia. 2020/21 Large Scale Images printed and exhibited in the HIVEArts Blackpool Tramstop Takeover. 2020 - Rankin 2020 book contributor 2020 - Grundy Art Gallery Blackpool contributor fro #worktownghosttown online documentary series, exploring the effects of pandemic and Covid lockdown on Blackpool. 2019 - RPS Chelsea, Doncaster and Blackpool 2019 - Women in Street Double Trouble collective exhibition in San Fransisco USA. 2019 - Works shown at Millepiani collective exhibitions In Rome Italy. 2019 - Stills photographer for Farrena Films - The Other Side with Valerie Hope. 2019 - Promotional images shown at Grauman's Chinese Theatre Los Angeles, California USA 2019 - HotBed Press 20/20 print collective shown at Cube in Moscow. part of the Arrested ReDevelopment Collective Blackpool. 2019 - Publicity shots for Virgin Trains promoting travel to Blackpool. 2018 - exhibited and sold works at Manchester Art Fair. 2018 - Seaside Special Postcards from the Edge. Book Cover pub: BlueMoose Books 2018 - works exhibited at Hebden Bridge Art Fair 2015-2017. Local exhibitions in Blackpool: HIVE Blackpool, The Grundy Art Gallery, The Grand Theatre, It's A Gallery, Shaws, The Solaris Centre, The Galleon, Barista. Publications: 2020 - Rankin 2020 June 2015 - BLACK+WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine. July 2015 - BLACK+WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine. November 2016 - BLACK+WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine 2017 - The Guardian 2016 - The Guardian 2016 - Lancashire Life. 2015 - World Street Photography Book.

11 thoughts on “Painted Black & Serendipitous Blur

  1. Fabulous photo! I’m so impressed that you have focus in the foreground and the background, and that you thought to check your data for future reference. I’d like to be able to “do” more with my camera, but I seem unable to make the time. Perhaps in another lifetime…

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    1. Thanks Terri..checking exif is easier than you think ..if you right click on the image a dropdown box appears, click on properties & it’ll give you all the image data. Brilliant for when something works and you think you’ll need it again . Thanks again 🙂


  2. This is an awesome shot!!! I love the idea of the hurried bus and in the shot is also a telephone booth and a table and chair for sitting still. So much information in one shot!!! Absolutely lovely!!!

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