Dawn Walk

An early summer morning stroll below sculptural street lamps lining the promenade in Tramore, a seaside town in County Waterford, on the southeast coast of Ireland.

With humble origins as a small fishing village, it saw rapid development upon the arrival of the railway from Waterford City in 1853 attracting visitors from Dublin in summer and closer to home all year-round. In what’s known as the “sunny south east”, today the town is a popular destination for surfing and other water sports due to its large, sheltered bay and amenities.

Just one of the photographs of Tramore to be seen in “Waterford, A County Revealed”, along with most County Waterford, Interested? then you can read all about it here.

Stormy day on Brighton Pier.

Brighton Palace Pier emanates an old fashioned British seaside charm even in the midst of wild, wet, windy weather – and despite the climate remains popular, with over four million visitors per year (in normal times). Since opening in 1899, the pier has been featured in many works of British culture, including the gangster thriller “Brighton Rock”, the comedy “Carry On at Your Convenience” and The Who’s concept album and film “Quadrophenia”.

The rival West Pier, became derelict after its closure to the public in 1975, and only a partial metal framework remains, just visible to the left of the kiosk. Ruined or not, it’s still used in the annual Pier to Pier swimming race, covering the two thirds of a mile course.

Initiated in 1936, by Brighton Swimming Club, with interruptions for wartime beach closures and one or two cancellations due to rough seas, the race has been a highlight of the seafront event calendar. It started as a male only event, but opened up in the 1980s to both sexes, with the prize categories widened to include different age groups and team efforts. Competitors used to dive off the West Pier to start the race, but since the West Pier closure, the race has started from the beach immediately next to the old pier.

The swim, traditionally run as a race, has been opened up to non-competitive swimmers by adding a challenger wave where the prize is focusing on the achievement of finishing the swim in average sea temperature of 15┬░C. Brrrr!

Solitude

In 2007 I ran my first workshop in a tiny village called Cruzy in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. During the late afternoon I’d get the participants to explore the village entirely on their own with the criteria of photographing their impression of the community, carefully considering each shot and keeping to as few shots as possible

Back at base we’d each select a single image that exemplified our individual impression of the village and discuss if, how and why the image worked, a kind of gentle critique. Naturally I joined in the exercise and this was one of my images from the exercise.

There’s a carefully considered exercise to improve photography under photography tutorial, which can be accessed here. Clicking on the Photography tab will lead to other tutorials…