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Southwold Harbour


I am an amateur photographer based in England. My main interests are photographing the English countryside, gardens and flowers. But, for various reasons, not the least the pandemic, I now photograph mainly flowers.
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Southwold Harbour

27 Sep 2021 6:22PM   Views : 375 Unique : 275

This week I am on holiday in Suffolk, so my Sunday morning walk with the dog was a circular walk around Southwold Common and Southwold Harbour. Still keeping to square format black and white images with no post processing.


The walk started by the twin water towers on Southwold Common, a landmark that, during the day at least, is as visible as its lighthouse. The older , and smaller of the two towers was built in 1866, and is a grade II listed building. The larger tower was constructed in 1937, and has nearly four times the capacity of the one it replaced.


Continuing the walk, we arrived at the beach at the southern end of the beach huts. The highly coloured, much photographed, and very expensive huts for which Southwold is famous, are all nearer the main town to the north. The last six huts, of which Edward III is one, are smaller and far less flamboyant. I just thought Edward III looked dapper, and lost nothing in monochrome, as the paint was blue and white.


This next photograph is my way of saying that I am a responsible dog owner, and our dog leaves nothing but footprints.


Walking on we came to Southwold Harbour. The harbour is in trouble and in need of major investment for repair and maintenance. This crane is part of major works at the entrance to the harbour. I think of all the photographs I have taken so far, this is the most comfortable fit to the square format so far.

But the harbour has problems above and beyond the immediate need for repair. This is low lying ground and one pessimistic councillor has suggested that the whole area will be a flood plain within fifty years due to rising sea levels. Such a thought brought home to me what climate change will mean, and how soon it will start affecting places I know.


One of the features of Southwold Harbour are the black fishermens' huts. Many of the huts, like this one, have their boats drawn up in their front gardens.


My final image is a close up of one well weathered hut which is gift for any black and white photograph with it many textured and lines.

All in all, very different subject matter to the trees, fields, and rivers that I normally walk around on a Sunday. Interesting, and perhaps, better suited to black and white photography.

Tags: Southwold Black and white

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