is the title of a photographic project relating to coastal erosion and the effects, if any, posed by tourists and tourism on the British coast line, with their total disregard for the environment or the dangers it poses, to both them, and their children, all in the name of a holiday or day trip to the seaside, The photography is particularly relating to the Yorkshire coast line, these particular images are aimed at the rate at which the land mass is being eroded at an alarming rate and being claimed back to the sea, here at Cayton Bay things are bad but this coast line on the Yorkshire Wolds all the way down to Withernsea and beyond on the Holderness coast is suffering the same fate, this subject was close to my heart and proposed for my Dissertation and degree (BAHons) work which I produced over an 18 month period to enable me to compare tide to land conditions and their effects on the environment throughout the whole of 4 complete seasons and all the various coastal activities.

The images were made on Ilford Pan F. 50 ASA 120 Panchromatic Monochrome roll film, and 6 x 6 medium format Rolleicord TLR camera,

Fraying at the Edges

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Fraying at the Edges

Skeleton of Moby Dick. ? .

After reading the blog about Tristin Lowe’s Fabric Mocha Dick by boomerontario jogged my memory about the time my wife and I with our 6 year old Grandson visited “Burton Constable Hall” East Yorkshire UK, and guess what, the skeleton of the afore mentioned whale can be seen there, it’s a bit worse for ware now and it’s certainly no threat to Captain Ahab.
Burton Constable Hall

“An unusual feature in the park during the 19th century was the skeleton of an 18 m long Sperm Whale erected on ironwork. The bull whale had been stranded in 1825 on the shore at nearby Tunstall and was carefully dissected and studied by James Alderson, a celebrated Hull surgeon. The whale skeleton was brought to Burton Constable, since as Lord Paramount of the Seigniory of Holderness, Sir Clifford was entitled to anything of interest that washed up on the foreshore. This famous whale also came to the attention of Herman Melville, who published his masterpiece Moby-Dick in 1851: “at a place in Yorkshire, England, Burton Constable by name, a certain Sir Clifford Constable has in his possession the skeleton of a Sperm Whale … Sir Clifford’s whale has been articulated throughout; so that like a great chest of drawers, you can open and shut him, in all his long cavities—spread out his ribs like a gigantic fan—and swing all day upon his lower jaw. Locks are to be put upon some of his trap doors and shutters; and a footman will show round future visitors with a bunch of keys at his side. Sir Clifford thinks of charging twopence for a peep at the whispering gallery in the spinal column; threepence to hear the echo in the hollow of his cerebellum; and sixpence for the unrivalled view from his forehead.”

(the above extract from Wikipedia)

Moving ahead.

Moving ahead now with page Twenty one of my book. An image of Carrbridge in North East Scotland, looks inviting but as dangerous eddy currents. Carrbridge’s most famous landmark is the old packhorse bridge straddled over the River Dulnain, from which the village is named. The bridge, built in 1717, is the oldest stone bridge in the Highlands.


Now up to Page 20

I’ve now got to page 19 here’s a pre-view. The River Humber with it’s suspension bridge (Humber Bridge from north east side) spanning the estuary on a very foggy morning in August, 12ᵗʰ to be exact at 10-30am. The River Humber is a large tidal estuary on the East coast of Northern England, It is formed at Trent Falls Faxfleet by the confluence of the tidal River Ouse and the tidal River Trent from here to the North Sea it forms part of the boundary between the East Riding of Yorkshire on the north bank and North Lincolnshire on the south bank, Before the bridge was built a series of paddle steamers operated from the oddly-named Corporation Pier railway station at the Victoria Pier in Hull to the railway pier in New Holland.
NIKON D200 with NIKKOR 18-70 3.5-4.5 G Lens @ 48mm. ⅟₁₆₀ sec @ f11

Views of Humber Bridge

Getting There Slowly

I Managed now to get most of my design work, introduction and forward completed, a day with the photography tomorrow. Things are moving ahead good so far, Here’s a pre-view for you all.
A Friend & Foe
Why friend ? well we all know we need water to survive, generally in it’s liquid form, water to drink, to cook our food, to wash, to keep our cloths and environment clean, that must be friendly. Most friendly of all is that we use it for our recreational pursuit.
Recreational use of fresh liquid water is mostly connected with reservoirs and rivers, where water from some reservoirs is released and timed to enhance boating, others are adapted for anglers, water skiers, nature and bird reserves etc and swimmers. Rivers have a natural fast and slow flow dependent on the terrain in which it passes through and some even provide white water, extremely fast flowing water which could be considered a foe. Water for golfers on golf courses can also probably be classified as a foe, who wants to drive a golf ball into the water ? you surely don’t have to be a golfer to see the difficulty in knocking a golf ball out of the bottom of a man made lake with a short stick when up to your thighs in water.
Why Foe ? well, in the main frozen water can be considered a foe causing water pipes to burst, electricity cables to break under its weight and when it all thaws away unprecedented floods turning streets into rivers and rivers burst their banks turning surrounding agricultural land into lakes, in it’s semi frozen state “Snow” it’s cold, wet and downright depressing like rain which can also be classified as foe for the same reasons, in it’s frozen state “ice” it’s very dangerous causing a potential slip and fall sustaining serious injury but never the less still a friend among our leisure activities, we use it for tobogganing, skiing, skating and many other pursuits.
For all of these pros and cons and many many more we still have this affinity to it’s lure and as photographers particularly those who pursue landscapes and seascapes it presents us with magnificent reflective sunsets at sea or lakes providing some of the most enigmatic romanticism ever caught on film or ccd and in all it’s forms it has that unquestionable ability to produce natural beauty any time of year warm or cold, all we as photographers have to do is find that which nature provides for free. What follows are my attempts at just that. HOPE YOU ALL ENJOY IT HAS MUCH AS I DID PRODUCING IT.

White Water

Introduction to Book

I have now got to a point where I need to decide in what order I construct this book and to locate and edit the imagery I intend using, the introduction page with image is now complete and mapped into the book design work. HERE’S A PRE-VIEW.

Chemical compound H₂O
This book is a photo-travelog of the general aspects of water and it’s properties, and more particularly how it is used by us on a daily basis, it’s help and potential harm to society. Water covers 71% of our planet earths surface and vital to the life of all living things on it, 96% of it resides in the oceans of the world in the form of a saline solution the rest of which 2% is standing groundwater on the land masses of our continents, in Rivers, Lakes and man made Reservoirs in the form of fresh water, the rest locked into the northern and southern Icecaps. Water can and does transform itself with changing weather conditions and consistent with those weather conditions into three different states :- Liquid, it’s natural state at sea level and at temperatures between 1° and 100°C. Solid, snow and ice a change of state occurring when temperatures dip to freezing 0°C and below and vapour (invisible) in the air when temperatures increase to over 100°C. Clouds are accumulations of water droplets, condensed from vapour-saturated air.
All these changes happen in a natural habitat called EARTH and they are all necessary for our well being, ALL meaning every living ORGANISM, ANIMAL and PLANT on the planet, and ourselves the HUMAN ANIMAL who makes more use of this recycled commodity than any other, I say recycled because thats just what it is, water evaporates from the standing water on the land and the oceans of the world and rises into the atmosphere as vapour at temperatures above 0° C and continues to rise until the reduction in altitude temperature changes it back to water when it falls out of the sky as rain or snow, and back to the land where it drains back into the standing water where the whole sequence starts over.
The natural human affinity with water can be seen in the image opposite, where people are just stood about the waters’ edge gazing into the vast and soothing call of the seas’ attraction and appealing lure. This phenomena appears to be the case when ever we are confronted with any mass of water be it sea or lake and through this project I would like to demonstrate through photography the friend and foe aspect of it’s title.

Watching the great expanse.

Watching the great expanse.

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