Retirement

Taken on another very warm day in Arromanches-les-Bains, France, 2020

Moments after I took the shot our dog Charlie barge in to make a fuss and luckily for me they where very accommodating to him but didn’t notice me taking pictures.

Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and taken on Kodak Tri-X, rated at 800

Fathers & Sons

Normandy, France August 2020.

Originally I shot the image for the reflections in the sand. Having processed the picture, not only have I captured the two men and the two little boys, the composition of the image is also most near perfect with the water running out across the sand out to the sea.

I’m pretty certain these are all members of the same family as further up the beach was mother and grandmother, in what was a glorious summers day at Lion sur Mer seafront.

Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and taken on Kodak Tri-X, rated at 800.

Our spot

Plage de Deauville, France. This was the only couple to pick a spot on the sand here by the promenade. Everyone else was down by the waters edge, perhaps they just wanted somewhere quiet and who can blame them.

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Taken on my Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH on Kodak Tri-X film rated at ISO 800.

Stargazing

Deauville beach, France. The locker rooms on Planches promenade are dedicated to actors and movie makers who participated in Film Festival of Deauville. Looking to shoot this location, I spotted this gentlemen relaxing watching the world go by.

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Taken on my Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH on Kodak Tri-X film rated at ISO 800.

Towers

St Mary’s Church, Reculver, England. Also known as the Reculver towers, is the all that remains of St. Mary’s which was demolished with gunpowder in 1809 after year of disuse. Described on Wikipedia as described as “an act of vandalism for which there can be few parallels even in the blackest records of the nineteenth century”
This location has been photographed so many times, I think it would be impossible to count the images taken. On the day I was there, I observed three other people where taking pictures of the church.

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Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 on Kodak Tri-X film, and a yellow B&W filter.

Racing the tide

Dragged out of my archive, taken August 2016 at Whitstable beach, England. People walking back along a sand bar as the incoming tide returns and that day, oh boy did the sea come back quickly.

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Nikon F80, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF-D with a Hoya red filter on Fomapan 100 Classic film and developed in Kodak D76 for 9 minutes.

Root

Not something I would normally publish, but I look at this image the more interesting I find this picture. Shot on an overcast morning on Minster beach, England. Annoyingly in the distance I could see Southend across the estuary was lit up by sunshine, but maybe the flat light is the why this image works for me.

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For some strange reason which I just cannot explain, the horizon doesn’t look level but if you go to crop the picture and bring the crop line down the horizon is straight.

Taken on the Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 with a B&W red filter on Kodak Tri-X film and developed in Ilford ID11 for 8 minutes at 22ºc.


	

Victorian Groyne

Taken on a cold January morning 2017, these are the remains of old Victorian beach groynes at Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey, England.  This was also the location of Robbie Williams video for the song “love my life” shot the previous year.

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Taken on Nikon FE with a Nikkor 28mm F2.8 Ai on Fomapan 400 Action film with a Photax yellow filter and developed in Kodak D76 for 12.5 minutes.