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Alien Landscape

By redstag  
Taken last night, I missed the best part of the sunset where the seven sister light up Salmon pink, by about 10 minutes! D'oh

All the other togs were clearing away and going. So there I was stranded on a deserted beach trying to make the best of it.

This is actually a bit of a pilgramage for me. My Dad was from Seaford, and we used to visit my Grandfather there every so often. On one trip, my Dad gave me his old Box Brownie, he went to the chemist where he'd worked on Saturdays, and bought me some roll film (black and white of course). The first shot I remember taking was of these magnificent cliffs. My original shot was from the top of the hill and the from memory the seven sisters looked more like distant cousins! But I guess this was my first location shoot.

I wish I could say that from that moment I was hooked, but to be honest, I wasn't, in fact I was pretty frustrated by the whole experience.

But my Dad was a special man in many ways, and his encouragement continued. In fact my last birthday present from him was also a camera. It was a Boots own brand 110 film camera with built in flash (impressed????)

I know for sure that my Dad would have loved the cameras we have now, he wasn't great with a camera, but with the one he'd got, he did well. (He preferred Cine, the medium of the 70s!).

In a small way this is a tribute to him and a thank you for the path he set me down. There are many things I'm sure he wouldn't like about the way I've turned out, but I hope he would enjoy my photography. My love of the coast and architecture came directly from his love and enthusiasm for both.

At this time of year we all think of our families, especially those no longer with us. This is my tribute to my Dad, and all the memories he gave me.


Tags: Sunset Cliffs Sussex Sea Coast Twilight Seven sisters Landscape and travel Flash and lighting Seaford head

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Chriscj 15 96 1 England
12 Dec 2007 8:58PM
Fitting tribute Jon.

NevP 16 853 13 Canada
12 Dec 2007 9:08PM
I'm certain he would enjoy this, fabulous shot.
StevenPrice 17 30 2 England
12 Dec 2007 9:14PM
moon craters now the lengths you landscapers go to for a shot lol.

Bodiewil 14 46 Wales
12 Dec 2007 9:15PM
What an awesome tribute Jon, any father would so proud of his son's work such as this.

Melanie_M 16 168 9 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2007 9:15PM
Has to be one of the finest comps I've seen for a long time.
User_Removed 14 172 1 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2007 9:16PM
Excellent shot, well captured
rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
12 Dec 2007 9:16PM
Superb Jon, a fine tribute heartfelt. Ron.
Richsr 14 91 223 England
12 Dec 2007 9:21PM
Nice tribute like your composition and the lighting in this.
MikeH 16 218 4 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2007 9:27PM
Cracking shot Jon and a view I have not seen before. Almost a picture of two halves the bottom being a bit volcanic,excellent,
gerrymac 14 10 1 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2007 9:32PM
Fabulous image,beautifully executed,nice tribute to your Dad,One does'nt appreciate one's Parents enough and then they are gone, Nice job
joseph 15 England
12 Dec 2007 9:43PM
Beautiful work Jon...Click!
User_Removed 14 485 13 England
12 Dec 2007 9:44PM
Jon, a wonderful shot, mesmerising, and a moving personal story

redstag 16 100 15 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2007 9:54PM
Thanks all for the reaction, I'm afraid I made the most of my trip down there so there may be more shots to follow!

Thanks all.
dp 17 165 3 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2007 9:54PM
Lovely tribute Jon. I am sure he would have been proud. My Dad is still around and I get my love of photography from him. He finds digital most bewildering as he has no clue about computers but he has been out on a few sunrises with me. Well done for keeping the love alive.

Sezz 16 619 15 England
12 Dec 2007 11:32PM
I'm sure your Dad would of been very proud Jon, you always put so much effort into your work - a fitting tribute indeed.

Sarah *
13 Dec 2007 12:50AM
A wonderful tribute, and a lovely image.
GillyB 16 317 8 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2007 12:55AM
A fabulous image and a fitting tribute ....very well done.

GalleryGirl 14 4 2 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2007 7:31AM
Smashing tribute to your Dad. You may have missed the sun going down but it has given a super glow on the Severn Sisters. Love the foreground rock pool. A super place near my birthtown - will have to return to the UK and take some shots myself on the next visit perhaps.
Marilyn x
backbeat Plus
15 134 1 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2007 10:07PM
raise a glass to him jon..i'm sure he's proud of you

a wonderful shot

Eviscera 15 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2007 7:29PM
Jon , mate , you have soul and imagery in your bones and genes , you "feel" light, and that is rare.

Your dad would be very proud (i never knew mine)


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