200mm, f4.5, 0.6″

I am currently working on a presentation that I have agreed to give at a group exhibition in Lyme Regis later this month.  The topic is the coast.  I thought I might share ideas here as I go. I have always had an ambivalent relationship with the sea.  I was brought up in a seafaring family and a large chunk of the first eleven years of my life was spent at sea.   Unfortunately, I never got over my chronic sea sickness.  Without wanting to labour the point, this meant that I spent quite a lot of time staring over the side of the boat!  I have found the sea’s motion fascinating ever since (but I still prefer to observe it from the shore).

waves crashing on rocks

200mm, f/16, 1/40

‘Dark-heaving – boundless, endless, and sublime,

The image of eternity.’

Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage


6 thoughts on “Turbulence

  1. Is your propensity toward sea-sickness why you chose the Byron quote? The first few words seems so appropriate.

    Erica, who has traveled the world SCUBA diving is also an incurably seasick sort and I am constantly amazed that she carries on in spite of it all. The manufacturers of Dramamine appreciate her persistence.

    • Yes, the quote was carefully selected as he has so many about the sea. Childe Harolde was on my mind because he wrote some of it while staying in Sintra, which we also visited on our trip. We both are blessed with determined daughters.

  2. I’m a bit fan of the sea and the coast. Especially when it’s rough and raging. There’s something about it. These photos are fab – the second one really contrasts the smooth almost calm feel the waves have got.

  3. I love these photos, beautiful! Do you have any photography tips for taking shots of moving water – I am an amateur photographer and I’d really love to improve my shots of water, if its captured right it makes such a stunning image so I’d really like to improve my work if possible

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