Aeon Flux - the story behind the photo

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08/09/2014 - 12:49



The journey to the wave-cut channels between the main beach and the point at Wembury was one of hopeful anticipation, more than certain expectation of a forthcoming change in the quality of light.



I walked past three different rather jaded landscape photographers, heading back to the car park, a couple of whom commented on it being a shame that the “golden hour had been cut short by the distant bank of clouds on the horizon”. It was by this time a few minutes away from sunset and to be fair the sky had blocked direct sunlight from bestowing its gilding qualities. I mentioned that I had a glimmer of hope, that there may be some chance of afterglow light bouncing from behind the cloud bank and illuminating the high alto-cirrus clouds above it. These guys had already decided to ‘call it a day’.



As I descended the rock platform down to the base of the wave-cut channel with the sun now set, the light was beginning to show a glimmer of optimism. The low tide had revealed calm pools full of marbled stones beneath shallow waters, a reef who’s form replicated that of the distant Great Mewstone island beyond – a vision for a panoramic format came to mind. By the time I had set the camera and tripod up, the occident had awakened again in a majestic light… rockpools , reef and sky illuminated for a few minutes for me to make several frames to later stitch together.  I sat there relishing this magnificent moment and at the same time trying to imagine the geophysical forces of the Variscan Oregeny and the later tempestuous seas, over aeons, that had carved the reef and channels into such an otherworldly form.






There is something about this panorama, that for me at least, holds it still to be my favorite photograph of the landscape that I have yet made. It also reminds me that there are times when it is definitely worth waiting to see what happens with light, if one has the time to spare.



“Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Ferris Bueller





*I have entered this into the ‘Depths of Perception’ Photo Competition – so if you too have a coastal photograph that you are rather proud of you can enter it here.





It was wonderful news to hear that I won 1st Place in the competition. Congratulations to the other winners too. It was great to see the many engaging images celebrating our oceans.


















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