Scuffy the Tugboat

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As I said in the first of my Swange posts, I had a rewarding visit with a good selection of varied photographs – helped no end by the slightly dodgy weather! This was another; whilst I hunkered down beneath my wind beaten umbrella this fishing boat braved the elements to cross the choppy waters of Durlston Bay …

Fishing boat facing storming weather

Due to the virtually monotonal nature of this (and the fact that I quite like it!) it has been added to the Touch of Colour gallery of my website. The site is basically dedicated to my B&W photography and many images don’t appear on this Blog – I thought it was about time I gave it plug! :D

Postscript: I forgot to title this post when first published but was inspired by feedback from Leecleland.
Scuffy the Tugboat wanted a life more adventurous than that of the bath tub; one day his wish came true and he floated gently down a brook, which grew into a stream that eventually swelled to a large river. He was overwhelmed by the sheer size of the world around him and, just as he was about to head off into the endless ocean, he was rescued and returned to the bathtub.
Although not a tugboat it seemed a very appropriate title – Thanks Lee! :)

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Passing time

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This has waited patiently on my hard drive for the last three weeks waiting for me to find the right words for it, for how I was feeling when I took it and for what it means to me.

I still can’t, at least not in a way that I want to share with the world, so I’ll let it speak for itself ….

Panoramic view of old and new Swanage Piers with a rainbow

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A matter of perspective …

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Ambling along Swanage sea front I passed by a gloriously dilapidated building – admittedly not the most popular of tourist attractions, they do hold a certain appeal for photographers :)

Trompe-l'œil on Swanage Pier Head

 

Stopping for a better look I had the bizarre sensation of my brain doing cartwheels as it processed the visual signals of a mind bending trompe-l’œil.

This wonderful mural was painted during the 2007 Purbeck Arts Week by the artists Antonia Phillips and Nina Camplin as part of their Shocked Custard project. From it’s closure in the ’90s the building has slowly fallen into disrepair as successive controversial planning applications have failed – sadly their mural too is gradually suffering the ravages of time and a sea front location. (Look here for more on the mural and building.)

Parked cars and dinghy storage prevented me capturing it in it’s entirety and, though tempted to move the stacked barriers and ‘men at work’ sign, I felt that perhaps they were quite appropriate. The biggest challenge though was capturing that initial impact and, after a few failed attempts, it dawned on me that it was all a matter of perspective …

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Stone Pier

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As well as it’s beautiful Victorian Pier, Swanage has a short stone version puncturing the smooth, flowing curve of the sandy beach. It obviously plays second fiddle to it’s more glamorous counterpart as I could find nothing about it; if anyone can enlighten me, please do!Square format, mono image of the Swanage stone pier and benches

Although a simple subject, this proved an interesting exercise in composition; the staggered benches making perfect symmetry impossible – one bench looked lost, two were imbalanced but three seems to work … the engineer in me likes things to be neatly arranged and this was the best compromise :)

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… colours in the air …

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My showery visit to Swanage was enriched by rainbows; this one seemingly in competition with the mildly controversial new beach huts whose splash of bold, bright colours make them easily visible across the bay.

Rainbow over Swanage and the new beach huts

Their clean cut design encourages something a little more abstract – and, as is apparent from the following two images, sadly not my forté!

Bold colours of the new beach huts at Swanage

I have to confess to removing part of Swanage for this one (!) as the steeply rising grass bank to the rear, partially visible between the hut roofs, is rather distracting from a photographic point of view – fortunately my restructuring of the landscape was a lot easier and cheaper than that undertaken by Swanage Town Council!

Beach hut abstract

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So far so good!

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One week into 2016 and I’ve managed to get in some much needed therapy of a day out with my camera – so far so good!

Having had alternative plans thwarted I decided to visit Swanage instead; not normally one for crowded holiday spots I’ve avoided the place to date but felt that a wet Tuesday morning in January should be OK :) I was pleasantly surprised and will certainly revisit – though possibly not in peak season!

It was an enjoyable and rewarding day resulting in plenty of varied photographs, many of which will take time to process –  however, these two shots of the Pier were pretty straightforward…              Fishing off Swanage PierIn memory of ...

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A new start for a new year …

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I’ve come to the conclusion that I fell into the photographic doldrums in the second half of 2015; too much going on and a frustration at being unable to see the wood for the trees – so these two images, both taken during my last visit to Romania, seemed quite appropriate!

Square format, mono image of tree stumps in Lacul Rosu, Romania

Square format, mono image of autumn trees reflected in Santa Ana, RomaniaThey also seem a good way to start 2016, satisfying as they do, my fondness for trees and mono photography.

I wish my followers and casual visitors all the best for 2016 and, for those crazy fools taking up a 365 challenge, I wish you good luck! :)

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Water under the bridge

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I actually set out to photograph spiders! Realising I needed a stepladder to get what I wanted but not having one (and already looking a total geek!) I turned my attention to the bridge I was lurking under and it’s near neighbour.

Barely 50m apart and united by the River Avon, the intervening 100 years or so between their construction means that they differ in virtually every other aspect.

Square format mono image of a weeping willow under a bridge

Square format mono image of a modern bridge with reflections and multiple lines

…. even the spiders only occupied one!

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An unintended break …

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Some of you may have noticed (or maybe not! :) ) that I’ve been absent from the Blogging World for the last few months; an unintended break due to a very busy summer … but at last I can finally see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel!

One of the reasons for my absence was my holiday; a 5 week motorcycle tour through Europe. Tour 2015

Please click here or select ‘Tour 2015′ from the top menu to see some photographs and read a bit about it.

A bit of photographic news during my absence (although pretty old news by now!) is that my image, Standing Out, was shortlisted for the 2015 Landscape Photographer of the Year competition. No further this time unfortunately but you can’t win ’em all! A bright yellow beech sapling in a coniferous wood

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Yarnbury Castle

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Yarnbury Castle, an iron age hill fort dating from around 300BC, sits atop a typical Wiltshire whale back hill offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. My relatively elevated viewpoint allowed me to watch the approaching storm and for a good half an hour I followed its inexorable march.

The atmosphere was thick, charged with electricity; the sweet smell of rain hung in the air and my excited heartbeat quickened. I felt alive; my primeval instincts roused in this ancient site. Panoramic photograph of a storm over Yarnbury Castle iron age hill fortOccasionally the cloud base gave way; curtains of rain falling, drifting their caress across the distant undulating fields. Undiminished, the storm rolled on ….

… and yes – I got soaked!

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