Now the photographic judge at the competition didn’t like this one at all. “Too much lens flare”. Knob, I thought, it’s supposed to be there, and it has meaning…
Catching sound waves
These are the sound mirrors at Denge in Kent. Designed to catch the sound of incoming aircraft before the invention of radar made them redundant.
Concrete whisper catchers
Imagine that, a faint whisper in the skies above France and the hope to hear it on the shores of Kent. What ingenuity!
A curve to capture sound
But how to photograph a whisper and a sound? Well I substituted one wavelength for another, and pictured light instead of sound waves. Now the judge knew these were sound mirrors, but he didn’t get the analogy. So much for the judge, they always default to cliche anyway (too much lens flare indeed…).
Catching the sound waves on camera…
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Last week was abstract in the Hebrides. This week is more literal, but also more weird. A boat graveyard on a Kent beach. Dungeness – the oddest beach in the world.
Junk, detritus, and decaying boats. Pretty deserted at 7am on a Sunday morning, which added to the atmosphere. Isolation & stillness. I loved it!
No more fishing…
Now photographers are well known for being attracted to a bit of junk and decay – makes for great textures and patterns, and that was certainly in abundance here. And I wanted to make my pictures slightly weird too, so out came the IR camera. I think it adds an extra element to the style of the images.
green seaweed turned white
The camera is a revelation. I can shoot images that just weren’t possible before. Like this one, straight into the sun. A beach with a difference, matched by a camera with a difference. How about that – liberation surrounded by decay. Weird or what! I wonder what you think… Let me know.
The sun shines on a dead boat.