A Day out at the Seaside… (sort of)

My favourite thing to do in Britain when the weather starts turning towards Winter is go to the seaside. Why? I just love the eerie silence of a place that’s normally associated with fun and good times. In the summer the beaches are filled with families enjoying their holiday, the towns are buzzing with excitement and the sound of ice cream van music and seagulls provides a soundtrack to the day.

In Winter everyone is at home; the beaches are empty save for a few dog walkers, the shops are shut and the wind whips off the sea and gives you earache. As a photographer (or a photography enthusiast at least) this is pure joy to me – well, not the earache bit, but the moody scenery bit.

Here’s a photo I took in Port Talbot, Wales, of a scene that reminded me of old 60s photographs of desolate towns in the American mid-West.

Port Talbot, Wales

Although there’s no sea in my seaside photo it encapsulates the feeling I was looking for.

 

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