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Dale Robins / 261 items

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Late afternoon, January 12th, Lyme Regis beach. It was cold and it rained, but then the sun came out, bringing with it a steady stream of people intent on making the most of an unexpected window of opportunity.

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Suddenly the temperature dropped and the daylight seemed to swirl away into an indistinct, fog-like darkness. At the same time the air was torn apart by a frantic whirring sound, like a thousand grinding gear-wheels suffused by furious rushes of steam. Tiny arcs of purple lightning began to crackle through the aether as a great electrical wind twisted the air into some sort of strange, other-worldly vortex. As the very fabric of reality itself seemed to spin away into oblivion, I stared in horror at the centre of that churning maelstrom, where, piece by piece, the terrible apparition slowly materialised. Was this the vanguard of the evil Dr. Fulgurite's long threatened Clockwork Army? or something more terrifying even than that...

No. It was just a nice, friendly man in a steampunk costume that I chatted to during a visit to the Victorian Brickworks Museum at Bursledon. His name is Steve.

Thirteen hand-held exposures representing 21 seconds of March 26th, 2019.

Usual caveats and all that.

Tags:   blackandwhite steampunk

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Corralled, as they are, into strict hierarchical submission, the individual pipes of this colony lifeform (that we know as an 'Organ') act as the voice of the animal. Untold years of evolution have rendered the pipes incapable of surviving outside of the collective, but they still retain their individuality in the timbre and pitch of their voices. Ancient, pre-collective tribal allegiancies may also be noted in the skin patterns of the various 'registers', which tend, apart from small variations or mutations in each rank, to be similar.

Much is still unknown about the private lives of these enormous beasts, but one thing we know for sure - they can be very, very loud when they are excited.

Some Humans have learnt to communicate with and, indeed, through, these animals. A certain J. S. Bach is noted for his mastery of the language of the 'Organ'.

The specimen depicted here lives in the Parish and Priory Church of Saint Nicholas at Arundel, West Sussex.

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Yes, it did rain and I got rather damp. Never mind though, because the view was lovely, as you can see.

N 15 B 803 C 3 E May 22, 2014 F Nov 15, 2017
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No, really! There were hundreds of people out walking on the prom and the beach when I took this, late in May 2014. The road was packed with traffic and there was nowhere to park. But, as I turned and lifted my camera, everyone somehow managed to wander out of shot and there was a momentary lull in the traffic.

After taking the shot I had to wait for ages to cross the road.

This happens to me a lot.

Tags:   beach coast sea Bognor Regis


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