Remembering the floods



For my 365/13 and 14, I have turned back the clock by just a year. This time last year Surrey was suffering the second of three bouts of severe flooding. I was very busy, documenting my changed local landscape. It was an absorbing project, although always tinged with sadness for those more directly affected. In January, we did not know that the worst was yet to come.

I didn’t share these two pictures at the time, preferring to concentrate on images that showed the severity of the floods to everyone, not just those who know this area.  So it is nice to go back and give these others an airing now.



For those who like to know, the top shot has a shutter speed of 246 seconds, at f/11, using my 10-stop ND filter (aka the Big Stopper).

Waterworld 2

Surrey floods

Walton Bridge

Last month I posted some photographs of the floods along my local stretch of the River Thames, between Weybridge and Hampton.

Surrey floods

Hampton riverside

As many will know, the Thames has burst its banks again, only more so.

Surrey floods

Walton Bridge from Thames Meadow

I took these photos today and yesterday. If you are not familiar with the area, these images will not have as much impact but, for locals, the inundated landscape is a weird and frightening sight, strangely beautiful at times, but bringing suffering to so many.

Surrey Floods

Fire Brigade rescuing people from flooded homes

The people I saw being evacuated were outwardly cheerful, putting a brave face on a horrible situation.

Surrey floods

Walton Quay

Sadly, more rain is forecast for tonight and the rest of the week – I fear the worst is yet to come.

Surrey floods

The Thames claims Walton Lane

Hampton, floods and a big stopper

Molesey Riverside

ISO 50, 16mm, f/11, 215secs

I found an hour this afternoon to take some pictures of the now-thankfully-receding floodwater at Hampton using my 10-stop ND filter. I expect the novelty of the ‘big stopper’ will wear off eventually but, for now, what fun! As for the floods, the Thames is definitely considerably lower today, but we had heavy rain again this evening…
Hampton Court

ISO 50, 16mm, f/11, 246 secs

I was amused when a young woman came up behind me and asked if she could take a picture with her iPhone ‘through’ my camera. What would you have said?