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N 3.3K B 111.1K C 321 E Nov 11, 2017 F Dec 11, 2017
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Just down the coast from the fabulously named Chemical Beach, we find ourselves at Hartlepool, home of the abandoned Steetley Magnesite works, one of my favourite locations on this stretch of coastline. Now if you want turquoise waters and swaying palm trees, this probably isn’t the place for you. But if you want a decommissioned industrial pier along with plenty of stuff sticking out of the sand to act as foreground interest, then you may find it worth a trip.

So, what’s the real fascination for me? I mean, I’ve shot here before and to be honest it’s not somewhere to take the family on holiday.

Well, here’s the thing- having been unfortunate enough to break both legs this year in separate accidents, the hospital has suggested that I may wish to exercise a little more caution on my photographic excursions. Although they did put it in slightly more colourful terms than that. And so, as long as you don’t mind the pre-dawn walk down the abandoned railway tunnel, followed by a nice gentle stroll through a rubble strewn wasteland, there really is nothing here to injure the hapless photographer. And the reward? Well, just look at it. A hugely dangerous old pier for the local fisherman to fall off surrounded by lots of partially buried wooden posts and rusting metal. In terms of risk to reward ratio, it’s a winner.

And on a cold winter’s morning with the sun struggling to climb above the horizon, there are very few places I’d rather be.

Now those steps up the side………


Tags:   UNITED KINGDOM UK STEETLEY PIER HARTLEPPOL SUNRISE DAWN POSTS WATER REFLECTIONS SAND WET SEASCAPE WOODEN OLD DECAY DERELICT DECOMMISSIONED COLOUR LIGHT WARM NIKON D810 LONG EXPOSURE ND GRADS

N 1.0K B 10.1K C 203 E Jan 2, 2017 F Dec 8, 2017
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A huge thank you to all my contacts and followers.

This image made #1 in Top Photos From the UK 2017 (www.flickr.com/photos/flickr/galleries/72157663386133758/...) and was included in the Top 25 Photos on Flickr From Around the World in 2017 (blog.flickr.net/2017/12/07/top-25-photos-on-flickr-in-201...).

Like many of you, I have no idea how this happened but thanks for all your support this year and have a fabulous Xmas.

Congrats also to a number of my contacts whose amazing work far outshines mine.

Tags:   REPOST UK FLOW

N 3.1K B 100.2K C 342 E Nov 24, 2017 F Dec 1, 2017
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Chemical Beach. What a fantastic name. If you want to photograph a place with a truly heroic ring to it, this is the one for you. And better still, if you wander down the coast for less than a mile, you’ll come to Blast Beach. I mean, come on- think about it. When your non photographer friends ask where you’ve been for the weekend, this all just sounds so…epic. I guarantee that just saying the words will make you feel like a Victorian explorer.

Ok, so I wouldn’t choose to paddle in the sea here but the sheer array of industrial detritus makes this whole area a complete playground for anyone with a camera. And look, someone has left an old pair of train wheels in the surfline for us. This is brilliant.

In fact the only slight issue, apart from the worries about tetanus and poisoning, is that access isn’t particularly easy in the dark. But you know, I haven’t broken both legs in separate accidents this year by sitting on my couch*.

So, I hope you enjoy sunrise at Chemical Beach. Possibly the only place that requires disposable wellies.

*this is not a health and safety endorsement.

Technical: Nikon D810, NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4 at 22mm, 0.6 seconds, ISO 64. Combination of 0.9 and 0.6 Formatt Hitech hard and soft grads. Cable release. Gitzo GT3523LS with FLM CB-48 II ballhead. 2 Freddo bars and an unidentified sweet found in the bottom of my coat pocket.

Tags:   UK UNITED KINGDOM CHEMICAL BEACH SEAHAM NORTH EAST COASTAL PHOTOGRAPHY SEASCAPE SUNRISE DAWN COLOUR ROCKS WHEELS CLOUDS WAVES SURF WATER ND GRADS NIKON D810 2

N 2.8K B 97.5K C 306 E Nov 12, 2017 F Nov 21, 2017
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I used to think that light was just light. That sunset was pretty much the same as sunrise, only at a more socially acceptable hour. But since taking up photography, I’ve discovered what most of you already know- that is, the quality of light is very different at either end of the day. And this presents a problem, you see- because the light is so much softer and pleasing before the sun has had a chance to fizz up the atmosphere, it means that I have to get up far too early now. And I’m not keen on that.

So what better idea than to stay in a country pub near one of my favorite old industrial piers at Steetley? A nice meal, an early night and then a relatively civilised 6am start. Ok, the walk through a darkened tunnel and across the broken ground of a disused industrial works before emerging onto a freezing, windswept shoreline may not be how some people would choose to spend a Sunday morning but to me it promised to be heaven.

Or it would have been had I not left my coat in the bar the night before. A bar which was now locked until the pub opened for breakfast at 8am. That wouldn’t normally present too much of a problem except that it was frosty with a bitterly cold easterly wind.

So I had a choice- I could abandon the shoot and just go back to bed for a few hours, which I admit was incredibly tempting. Or I could hunt around the car when I got there for any other item of clothing to put over my T-shirt to keep warm.

So, let me ask you this. Just bear with me here for a moment. Let’s say that for some reason you found yourself completely lost on a deserted stretch of road near a disused Magnesium works at 630am on a dark, freezing morning. It could easily happen, right?

In this situation, would you

a )look at your map application on your phone and follow the directions. Or maybe even call a taxi.

or

b) knock on the window of a car with a guy sitting there in nothing but his jeans and wellies with a pile of discarded clothes on the back seat.

No, I wouldn’t either. And the bizarre thing is, he didn’t bat an eyelid at my state of undress.

He did, however have a very nice coat on…….. :-)

Tags:   UNITED KINGDOM UK STEETLEY PIER HARTLEPOOL SUNRISE WATER SKY CLOUDS MOVEMENT COLOUR OLD DECAY FLOW SURGE SEASCAPE WOODEN LONG EXPOSURE ND GRADS WARM NIKON D810

N 4.5K B 149.7K C 392 E Sep 24, 2016 F Nov 11, 2017
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I had the fortunate opportunity of being able to taste 3 very old wines recently. The first two, which were from 1970s had clearly not fared well- from the initial removal of the cork, it was clear that they had pretty much turned to vinegar. The third however, which was from a decade earlier, was a different matter. This wine was quite simply ......astounding. It was like opening a window on the past. The unique combination of conditions which came to make this purple-red liquid all those years ago- the sun scorched earth of that long, hot summer, the yeasts and sugars from the grapes and the acidity of the soil were all perfectly encapsulated. But it was more than just good wine. It was a living, breathing, organic thing.

And this is like print photography in many ways. I was at exhibition in London last week of Wim Wenders' polaroids and had exactly the same feeling. These weren't just a collection of bits and bytes on a screen- they had a physical presence. They had been touched and passed around. Each one was the first frame of their own unique movie stretching back over 40 years. They had life.

I wonder what will happen to our digitized images over the years. Places like Flickr are an incredible way of sharing our images with the world but I wonder if we shouldn't also give some thought to printing and archiving at least some of our favourites. Because when they're gone from our hard disks, they're gone forever.

This is Tuscany last autumn. An image I know I can't repeat. Does anyone have any printer ink?

Tags:   ITALY TUSCANY SUNRISE DAWN VAL D'ORCIA LAYERS MOUNTAINS VALLEYS COLOURS MIST TREES CYPRESS LANDSCAPE WARM GOLDEN LIGHT NIKON AUTUMN


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