Photography

The Seaside

Photo of Margate Beach

A couple of weeks ago we took a family day trip to Margate. I hadn’t been to the seaside proper for a few years and we left in the morning with no real plans of what we wanted to do on our day out. This was the biggest mistake of the day. Having no plans as three adults, left us at the mercy of sitting on the beach for an extended period of time. Not my idea of a good day out.

When I was a kid I enjoyed the seaside and trips to the beach. It was a real treat as a child where my Mum and Dad had a day off that coincided and we would take off to Skegness for the day. The weather was not always the greatest, but as kids we didn’t care. We were just excited to go and play at the seaside. The Arcades and the Pier (which was an extension of the Amusement Arcades on the Promenade Seafront.

I remember vividly one trip that included my Maternal Grandmother where a trip to the pier included a trip on a Rocket Ship ride where it would simulate the take off and the jerky movements one would associate with space travel. Today, this would include some kind of Virtual Reality 3D movie being played with deafening sound, what we got all those years back, was a tinny set of speaks and a grainy film played on a 50-inch screen at the tip of the Rocket Ride. Now, it would be quaint, then it was The Rock & Roll Space Ship ride. It is abiding memories like that that make visits to the seaside a memorable day which ever location we chose.

Model of a Space Ship Seaside Ride

A model representation of the Astro Liner Rocket Ship ride.

For me, this trip was a chance for me to try and kick-start something creative. I have been a bit “backed up” when creativity has been my focus lately, and I thought a trip to the coast would give me an option to try something different.

I used to be really into iPhoneography and if you look on this website (under the Photography tag) you’ll find some of my past photographic endeavours. I had no plans for what I would do when I got there, but I knew I had to open my eyes more than just looking where I was going. I have to say, it was kind of nice to just stroll around somewhere looking at “things” in a different way than a normal day-tripper would. One thing I did notice though, was the number of people out in Margate on Wednesday with Cameras. I think I noticed them more than I ordinarily would, because I was trying not to stand out.

In the past I have been very wary of Street Photography, as I have always thought it to be very intrusive to the general public, who generally don’t ask to be photographed and in the main rarely get the chance to object. I didn’t want to be that person who photographed strangers with no thought of others feelings. During the afternoon, I came off of the beach and went and sat myself up on the promenade that overlooked the beach. What I noticed whilst sitting on the floor, that no two people look the same from the calf down, but they all tell a story. What are people doing at the seaside on a hot Wednesday? Are they local? How far have they come?

Lots of questions popped into my head, so I decided that I would take my phone out and just start taking pictures of whomever walked by, but it would only. Be their below knee that would be seen and then it could be up to any possible future audience to decide what those people were doing at the seaside that day.

In all honesty, looking at the pictures now a few days later, I am not sure a truly achieved what I set out to do, but in the next few days, I’ll post the ones I like the best and you can decide for yourself. Did I waste my time? Is there something in the saying Art is in the Eye of the Beholder? Or was it just creepy that I sat there taking pictures of people’s feet?

By the way, I do not have a foot fetish at all, why I chose the feet and not the back of people’s heads is just that I could sit on the floor and secretly take pictures without drawing to much notice to myself.

The process of doing this for twenty minutes or so has revitalised my enjoyment of photography. I just need to get my act together and get out and do more of it. I spoke to a colleague at the peer support group that I help run on a Friday (I really must tell you more about that sometime) – and he suggested expanding on the original idea of not really knowing what people’s circumstances are from something as simple as their shoes. The adage of Walk a Mile in Someone’s Shoes to understand their life. I like this idea, and expanding it to explore Mental Health, it is something I have begun to think of the logistics of doing so.

Until next time…

To aid page loading times, I have created a gallery of the images I have spoken about – If you click the image below, you’ll be taken there. Hope you like them.

margate-wednesday-2

Birthday Roses

It’s was Lindas birthday this past Monday and Esther and the kids bought her some lovely Roses. I just had to take about 100 photos of these beautiful flowers whilst Linda was out that afternoon. It fel;t good to be inspired if only briefly to pick up the phone again.

I have played around with a couple of the images. This one appeared on Lindas Facebook wall so she could show off her flowers. I did another manipulation using Snapseed that I’ll be posting at the weekend on paulhurwood.com.

This was taken with Hipstamatic using the Tinto 1848 Lens and the W40 Film with no flash.

Lindas Birthday Blooms

Roses Lovely Roses

Favourite Photo From 2012

I have been away from this blog for quite some time. I haven’t had the motivation that I had at the start of 2012 when the whole world of iPhoneography was opening up for me. I still followed iPhoneography news, played with new apps when they were released. I looked at some amazing art that came across my screen throughout the year and I honestly think that that was where my problem had it’s start. I was trying to match myself up to everyone else’s standards and I felt (and still do) that my efforts were not as good to stand next to other iPhoneographers work. I was intimidated by standards that I had set up for myself and somehow couldn’t break those barriers to move forward.

As I start into 2013 I realise that I have to be easier on myself and go with the flow and see where I can reach to. See how far my mind and my eye will allow me to extend myself.

With that being said, I have taken some photos this year that I am quite pleased with, but my favourite is this one:

Gibson Grin

My favourite shot of the year.

This was taken on Boxing Day, and it ignited a spark that I hadn’t really felt since way back earlier in the first half of the year. It felt quite good. It may not pass muster with some, it may have some issues in exposure, but it caught a moment in time when he was full of joy and smiling for all his worth.

I am not going to make promises that I will being posting daily or weekly, but I am determined that I am going to be out more looking for things that are inspiring to me that I think will push me one step further than the last time I took a shot.

Happy New Year to whomever may read this blog. Here’s to 2013.

Until Next Time…

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