The fusions and confusions of a curious mind

Learning from the heart outwards, by kempspace

Month: July, 2015

Dystopian Dungeness

Dystopian Dungeness

Dungeness was made for photographers. When they set down those boat wrecks just where they did, lay down a few of those disused, rusty, skeletal rail lines and festooned decrepit fisherman’s huts with holey fishing nets, clearly it was all for us. I’d seen some great shots and I’m a sucker for a wreck, so off I went with Jack the Russell in tow. Given that he has a pebble fetish, I looked forward to seeing a shingle beach give him some kind of mind boggling rush on a Sunday afternoon.

A stunning day, and people along the line of the coast were happy to point me ‘in the direction of the boat wrecks please’. My orienteering remains legendary.

I couldn’t decide whether to keep the beautiful colours or go mono, as both would have done justice to that dystopia by the sea (so close on hand to a lovely nuclear power station). SO i went for both, manhandling different colour channels in a way of not tried before.

I’m pleased with my experiment, but this was only one way of skinning that cat,I may return to the images for a different edit at some point. I hope you enjoy the shots, they’re¬†here in my kempspace gallery. As for Jack, sheer overwhelm kicked him into narcolepsy on the drive home. I still admire his persistence in trying to find the one pebble I’d throw in a sea of others. There’s a life lesson there somewhere.

Related links:

Dungeness National Nature Reserve

The old lighthouse at Dungeness

Dungeness nuclear power station

Derek Jarman’s famous Dungeness garden

Edward Hopper and the High Keys

I look at the final edits of some of the photos I took at Southend, and I spy Edward Hopper jumping out from memories of loved posters on my uni room wall, and stamping himself on my images.

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It was one of those days where the in – camera settings, the light, and a newly discovered photoshop tool, allowed me to produce something in a style I love but had never cracked before.

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I looked back and found these black and white ones in a similar style from a shoot at the pier in Weymouth.

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There is something about the mannequin men and women.

This, and getting a favourite high key effect working on another image (the siblings on the beach) –¬†has simply left me with a big grin.

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Here’s to sticking with the learning curves and bearing with the many shots you have to delete, because without this, you’d never recognise the keepers.

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