Stills V3

February 6, 2012

winter surfing

Filed under: John Ellis — zavaell @ 22:33

Llangranog, Ceredigion

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  1. Ooh, that looks chilly. It certainly gives a strong sense of a deserted seaside destination waiting for the sunnier days of spring. The tiotle draws attention away from the foreground to the specks surfing in the cold and foggy sea. A very atmospheric piece.

    Compositionally, the fence up the middle serves to divide the frame and the meter(?) on the left blocks the view, forcing us to return to the surfers at the horizon. The dog poo bin just adds to the sense of place. Clever work. Thanks.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — February 7, 2012 @ 00:11

  2. This works well imo as a composition of various elements coming together. And it is indeed an atmospheric piece. But I would have had some difficulty in spotting the surfers if the title had not mentioned them. There is so much going on (such as the bins, the fishing net, the bell, the newspaper stand, etc) that one can easily overlook the surfers in the water.

    Comment by Cem — February 12, 2012 @ 15:10

  3. This was very much taken as an ensemble of the area overlooking the beach Cem. A rare opportunity to do so without tourists. The surfers were fairly incidental but an oddity. They would probably show up better in an least A4 print but they are not so important. The “newspaper stand” is a local notice board for safety instructions when swimming and maps.

    Comment by zavaell — February 13, 2012 @ 07:38

  4. With all the restrictions around planning permission why are councils allowed such awful collections of street furniture?
    The image does convey a rather bleak and unwelcoming view of this area.

    I have an image of Bournemouth sea front with the most amazing collection of signs prohibiting activities of every type.

    Comment by Rex — February 13, 2012 @ 21:54

  5. Hmm, you say the surfers are not so important, yet your title is winter surfing. I’m such a fan of your street photos featuring people more prominently, this took a little more work for me (not a bad thing). Having surfers in the background (and titled to draw attention to them) adds a dimension and sense of place to the image that appeals to me a lot. The space is arranged and divided admirably, giving balance overall, and allowing each of the many objects, shapes and features its own viewing moment. I’m tempted to call it “well crafted” — though not obviously so, which is all for the better.

    Comment by Christina — February 18, 2012 @ 18:59

  6. Christina – one does have to be careful with titles. I took this for the geometry of the seafront and how it looks. As the surfers are unusual for the time of year but are small in this size, I decided that the title would one way of explaining what the dots are!

    Comment by zavaell — February 24, 2012 @ 07:43

  7. a bleak scene, not sure what you guys call surfing weather over there but that is sit in a cafe and enjoy a warm beverage weather here. Although some fools like to ride 200km is similiar weather :o). And that just goes to show that some keen people will do what they enjoy no matter what the conditions are and those dots in the waves prove it.
    Without the title this is not about hardy/foolhardy surfers, not in my opinion anyway. Maybe more the sanitising of nature, no, fencing it off to make us safe.
    Sharing some words from my current favourite book.
    “The greater the suffering, the greater the pleasure. That is nature’s payback to riders for the homage they pay her by suffering. Velvet pillows, safari parks, sunglasses; people have become woolly mice. They still have bodies that can walk for five days and four nights through a desert of snow, without food, but they accept praise for having taken a one-hour bicycle ride. ‘Good for you.’ Instead of expressing their gratitude for the rain by getting wet, people walk around with umbrellas. Nature is an old lady with few friends these days, and those who wish to make use of her charms, she rewards passionately.”

    The Rider by Tim Krabbé.

    Comment by rhoehne — March 12, 2012 @ 22:07

  8. Robert – I’d say that Tim KrabbĂ© hits the nail on the head. I think my main objective in taking this was as I said to Christina but also as an observation of how we arrange our urban furniture: you’re right though about the fencing off, which is, of course, in response to the commercial visitors in summer (not winter!).

    Comment by zavaell — March 13, 2012 @ 07:42


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