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June 17, 2011

Beside the Seaside

Filed under: Chris — cgcooke @ 00:11



  1. I’m not too sure how I feel about this. I certainly like the misty (spray-covered) view of the town, the foreshortened line of groynes and the sense of the sea’s movement. However, I am uneasy about the panoramic format and how the railings diminish the scene more. I don’t think that the figure on the right helps in the same way as the two on the headland.

    Comment by zavaell — June 21, 2011 @ 06:35

  2. I like this, it has all the elements required to describe a miserable wet, cold and windy day on an English beach. I would have preferred the person to be facing the scene, back to me. That was how I initially saw their position, it took me a time to see the position of the thumb and then the person rotated 180! Those drips on the railings are each little gems and the railings help with the atmosphere of separation.

    Comment by Rex — June 21, 2011 @ 21:13

  3. With Rex, I would prefer the person facing away, but am ued to taking what I am given thankfully:)

    I also appreicate the railings. They lend a claustrophobic air to the picture – not containing the groins or the sea, but the viewer. Perhaps it’s not being able to actually walk out onto the beach in the image, or maybe the reminder of those grey days spent in a tent waiting for the weather to lift. Either way, a nice addition to the lexicon of dismal photography (in the nicest possible way!)

    Comment by sojournerphoto — July 1, 2011 @ 22:30

  4. Definitely atmospheric. I don’t know or understand much about groynes as shown here, so I’m curious about how many there are and why they are all there — they are not attractive and look like they would impede enjoyment of the seaside. Those, with the railing and the standing guard (facing out), plus the use of B&W, make this a very uninviting, if not forbidding, place, more so than does the weather! Seeing the title first — I would not certainly not have expected such a scene. If that effect was the intent, then I’d say it is very successful.

    Comment by Christina — July 9, 2011 @ 21:03

  5. my first very quick thought was D-day photos by Capa.

    The picture is well framed by railing and figure, the misty background creates a great atmosphere an dhte drops on the railings add to that. I think the format is well chosen and very fitting, much repetition, barrier upon barrier.

    What does a groyne do?

    Comment by rhoehne — July 28, 2011 @ 07:30

    • Please forgive the late reply to your answer Robert, but my understanding of a groyne (U.S. groin) is that it is there to help reduce coastal erosion by longshore drift. That is erosion caused by sediment gradually being washed along a shoreline and transported off somewhere else. A classic example in the U.K. is along the east coast north of the river Humber. The sediment gradually makes its way south and eventually gets deposited on the ever expanding “Spurn Point”.

      You can’t really see the active part of the groynes in this image, but the sediment tends not to get washed away from and in fact settles on the sheltered “downstream” side. Think of the way snow drifts and settles on the downwind side of objects.

      Comment by cgcooke — March 20, 2012 @ 07:37

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