Langland Bay

Langland Bay skies

I recently wrote a short story about Langland Bay where I spent many long days on the beach as a teenager. This week I unexpectedly found myself there with only a camera phone to record the scene as the light faded and the low sun threw golden bands across the wet sand.

Skies from the train to Swansea – 11th July

On the train going West in sunshine and rain. The English countryside is at its peak of greenery, the sun has not yet singed the green to brown. Majestic skies, rain clouds sweeping across the landscape in a veil of pearly grey, in the distance patches of blue and white appear, to remind us that it is summer.

These images were snatched from the streaming landscape as we rushed westward, the blue tinged reflections of the train strip-lights adding some false sense of dimension.

More Grey

I found another opportunity to try out photographing a subject through metal mesh, here the holes in the mesh are bigger and I was in the dark interior, the subject in full sunlight which gives the image a very different feel from the previous one I posted last week. I think they both have their merits, I would like to have more time to experiment with exposure and focus – both of these were taken on the fly.

portrait through metal mesh

The Dune House at Dawn

I’m not sure exactly what time dawn happened but somewhere between 4:15 and 5am the light was enticing enough to get me out of bed. The door to the bathroom was made of glass sand-blasted on the inside so that it becomes almost opaque and the outer surface throws a milky cast over everything it reflects, the window-seat cushions with the blind half down, the curved lip of the bath and the oak floorboards. At first look it is confusing until you see the round steel recessed handle of the sliding door and see that it is a reflection.

Dune House glass door reflection

Looking out through the windows toward the sea, this image is enriched by the floating reflection of all the other windows behind me in this house made of windows. The reflections all soft and pale contrasting with the bright sharpness of every single fence post and blade of grass in the early morning sunlight.

Dune House window reflection

Shadows and Slots

I am continuing to explore creating shadows with simple forms. These 3/4 plaster spheres have been filed to make a slot and then all 49 placed in a grid with the slots randomly positioned. Who knows why but looking at it makes me feel calm and peaceful, (although a little annoyed that not every sphere is in focus) must try harder. The spheres are about the size of a mint imperial, no-one has been fooled yet luckily, they could be nasty if swallowed!slots

Sightings – Blackheath Station early one morning

Is this man so wide awake in the mornings that he powers the station lights from his brain? Or is this man so sleepy in the mornings that he wires his brain to the lights to charge himself up?

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Creating Cast Shadows

A simple arrangement of hemispherical castings on a white background produces a rich variety of grey tones.

Early morning sunlight casting shadows over hemispherical arrangement

Later when the sun has moved around the shadows are much softer

Soft daylight casting shadows over hemispherical arrangement

Soft daylight casting shadows over hemispherical arrangement