Thread of Life by Graham Lea


Small (23.2" x 15.5")


Sizing Information

Small 23.2" x 15.5"
Medium 33.1" x 22.0"
Large 46.9" x 31.2"
Note: Includes a 3/16" white border


  • Printed on 185gsm semi gloss poster paper
  • Custom cut to three maximum sizes – A2, A1 & A0
  • 5mm white border to assist in framing
  • Tack them to your bedroom door, or frame

Often my life feels like this – like a lively, bright red thread, flying through a vast, dirty and decaying world. Sometimes it zooms about as if on some frantic search, and other times it just floats wherever the wind carries it, but always there is the sense that I don’t belong.

My Canon Photo5 2008 Entries

Thread of Life


homo workaholicus

Summer Love

Making Haloes


  • Graham Lea
    Graham Leaover 6 years ago

    This is the alley behind my work. I spent an hour getting this shot set up and then looking exactly how I wanted.

    To get my camera this close to the gutter I had to mount it upside down off the bottom of my tripod. I used a very small aperture to get the massive depth of field which forced a long shutter speed. The ribbon was moving in the breeze but also illuminated with close-range flash to get a crisp shot of the ribbon among the movement.

  • Tim Beasley
    Tim Beasleyover 6 years ago

    Well worth the effort Graham!

  • Thanks, Tim. Live View came in handy but I sure had sore knees after an hour of squatting.

    – Graham Lea

  • sparrowdk
    sparrowdkover 6 years ago

    nice work mate
    i like the blurb nice idea

  • Thanks Sparrow. I took this for the Canon Photo5 competition. They provide some objects that you have to photograph, but you have to come up with your own ideas. I tried really hard to make sure each of my shots had some story to tell. I think this one is my favourite.

    – Graham Lea

  • Igor Vaganov
    Igor Vaganovover 6 years ago

    nice perspective and foreshortening_i’m a fan of old walls_but special thanks for mad red hot line – super!

  • Thanks, Igor. You’re right – there’s definitely a touch of madness to the ribbon. No comment with regards to any analog in my life.

    – Graham Lea

  • Ben Herman
    Ben Hermanover 6 years ago

    love it, great angle and movement.

  • Thanks, Ben!

    – Graham Lea

  • Shannon Byous Ruddy
    Shannon Byous ...over 6 years ago

    Very cool idea – cool photo.

  • Wow. Calling something ‘cool’ is high praise in my books! Thanks, Shannon!

    – Graham Lea

  • Christian Hartung
    Christian Hartungover 6 years ago

    i love the concept behind this shot, well done

  • Thanks, Christian. It’s reassuring to know that the message is appreciated.

    – Graham Lea

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 6 years ago

    Wow, what a great collection of entries, Graham!

  • Thanks very much, Mel!

    – Graham Lea

  • square
    squareover 6 years ago

    wow, nice choice of location. patience definitely paid off.

  • Thanks! It’s one of those walls that was just crying out to be photographed.

    – Graham Lea

  • laminarwind
    laminarwindabout 6 years ago

    Great PoV, composition… great shot!

  • Thanks laminar!

    – Graham Lea

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