Last weekend was the traditional British May Bank Holiday weekend and it was scorchingly hot. The coast was a bit cooler than inland.

Normally we head to the coast when the tide is out, for the vastness of the beaches, but the tide tables indicated the tide was ‘in’ so that changed the focus. I stood on the small pier at Littlehampton, where I’ve stood before, and watched the waves wash in. There is something inherently calming about gazing at the flow of the sea.



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Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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8 Responses to Waves

  1. Heide says:

    There really is something calming about the motion of the waves, isn’t there? Someone once told me that it echoes the sounds we heard in our mothers’ bellies, the rhythm of their heartbeats and breaths filtering into our watery cocoons. Seems as good a theory as any … though when I look at your beautiful image I think there must be something even more profound to it. Ah, now you’ve done it Andy: You have me waxing philosophical! That’s the sign of a wonderful post. 🙂

    • LensScaper says:

      Thank you so much, Heide. Profound thoughts indeed, and so much to which we will never have definitive answers. What I can say personally is that I feel drawn to the sea – the rhythm of the waves, the noise of water on shingle and the rippling of the surface. And of course the view out to sea on a fine day when the sea dissolves into the sky. I love the minimalism of the views – perhaps it is, in part, the consequence of never having lived close to the sea previously. It’s new territory photographically.

  2. shoreacres says:

    I’m not sure I’ve ever seen patterns in the water quite like this: the striations are so smooth and so fine. Perhaps a slower shutter speed smoothed things out, or perhaps it’s the shape of the land beneath that’s caused a different flow. Regardless, I like the photo very much, and the way the swells have been captured, too.

    • LensScaper says:

      I think I know part of the answer to your questioning. I was standing on a pier (small concrete jetty might be a better word) that separates the beach from the mouth of the River Arun. It was about fifteen minutes before high tide and the water was disturbed by the opposing forces of water coming in and water flowing out. This image was of the sea a few yards further out beyond the centre of the disturbance. So the effect that is seen may be those opposing currents partially resolving themselves. I’m a relative newcomer to observing the sea, but the striations were quite marked. It’s all about viewpoint. I will be hanging over the side of a few more piers before the end of summer!

  3. Chillbrook says:

    I love the minimalism of this Andy!

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