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During it’s hey days shipping quays dotted the cliff edges of Portland Bill to remove quarried stone from the island. Maybe due to its longevity, the hand-operated wooden crane, known as the Red Crane, seemed to find a place into people’s hearts lowering fisherman and their boats into the sea for many years after quarrying finally ended. Mindlessly destroyed by vandals (possibly in the early ‘70s?) it was replaced by the steel crane seen today. Square format photo of the Red Crane at Portland BillInitially taken as a ‘documentary’ photo this picture, like the crane, seems to have wormed it’s way into my affections – although I can’t quite work out why! Maybe the warm colours and stillness of it provoke thoughts harking back to memories of a glorious youth …. or is that pure twoddle?!

To see a very different, but strangely very similar, B&W view of the Red Crane please take a look here on my website.

(All images are copyright to Noeline Smith)

EXIF data: ISO 200, 1/50s, f14 at 38mm, polarisor and RAW file converted with Capture NX2

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