Beach Walkers

Autumn has occupied my attention for several weeks to the exclusion of other images. It’s time to change the genre. Today’s image goes back a few weeks to a beautiful day when we went back to Littlehampton on the south coast, with lunch in the East beach Cafe

The tide was out, and there were people on the beach, simply walking, in groups. I took a few shots as a I walked parallel to them. Shooting groups is never easy – trying to avoid overlapping figures, people with oddly placed legs or absent arms. This image got most things right and it had something extra – a figure going the wrong way!

Does that interloper add something or should he/she be cloned out? There are arguments either way but on balance I think that extra figure adds a tension to the image the is beneficial. What do you think? Do add a comment.

About LensScaper

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'.
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25 Responses to Beach Walkers

  1. paula graham says:

    IMO interloper adds interest! Hence your question!


  2. Sue says:

    I agree, tension in an image is good, and that figure adds it


  3. It looks like a scene from the 1920’s. But I don’t like the chap heading in the wrong direction. I bet he doesn’t queue properly either.


  4. I definitely like the opposite-direction walker. Also the balance of walkers and dark elements on the right of the frame.


    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Linda. Some like that figure and some don’t. I’m still not convinced he works. I think I will enter it into one of our Camera Club competitions next year and see what a judge thinks – but he too is just yet another personal opinion.


  5. dianaed14 says:

    I enjoy Littlehampton – do think that the one person going the opposite way interrupts the flow


  6. Heide says:

    I agree with all of your other commenters, Andy: I like the fellow heading in the wrong direction, and I bet he doesn’t queue properly either. 🙂 Love both your framing and your treatment of this image!


  7. shoreacres says:

    It’s interesting that you and some others refer to the lone figure walking in the “wrong” direction. What makes it wrong? And what makes him an interloper? Could it be that he’s the one headed in the right direction, and the others are wrong? Or might it be that right and wrong as categories need not be applied to the image at all?

    I love that single walker. His presence suggests stories, and questions. If I were given a choice to follow the group or to follow the individual, I’d go with that lone walker.


    • LensScaper says:

      He’s ‘wrong’ because he’s going against the grain. He might be walking in the right direction and everyone else is going the ‘wrong’ way. He’s a symbol of the lone prophet ignored by the masses etc. He’s disruptive and he’s got people debating – like vs don’t like. I am still ambivalent myself as to whether his position ‘works’ in the composition or not.

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      • shoreacres says:

        But wouldn’t it be just as wrong to clone him out of the image? Both metaphorically and literally, that’s what’s happened to too many people over time. Of course, now there are programs that can rid us of pesky tourists in landscapes and such in a flash, so I guess the practice is considered quite acceptable, and it’s my own prejudices in the matter that are showing.


  8. bluebrightly says:

    I think the person walking the other way adds something, and I’d beware of too much “fixing.”


  9. seekraz says:

    Excellent capture, Andy…and wonderful treatment in black and white, too.

    Until I saw the above comment about your removing one other person going the same direction as the singleton, I was going to add that he might hold the opinion that the masses are going in the wrong direction…not him. 🙂


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