The rest of the shots from my evening walks along the sea wall between Heacham and Hunstanton in Norfolk. Plus a couple of others that snuck in from walks between Blakeney and Wells.
Shot on either 28mm or 50mm with a 5Diii.
This year was the 60th anniversary of the great flood of 1953 that inundated large parts of the East Anglian Coast and the Thames Estuary, killing 307 people.
As part of the sea defences against a re-occurence of such tragedy, a long sea wall was built between Heacham and Hunstanton in Norfolk. It’s become a bit of a promenade, with people camping out on the beach, sitting on the steps or simply wandering along in the sunshine (or rain) between the small town of Heacham and the Victorian seaside resort of Hunstanton. My eye is often caught by the way people gather together in little groups to look at the view – almost as if they’re posing for a family portrait….
It’s been a while since I posted some train travel pics: summer’s been quite busy and I’ve been away a lot and not scooting around London by train so much. Yesterday we travelled from South London right up to the outskirts of North London on what I still think of as the Thameslink line. It goes from the ‘burbs right across the edge of the City – Ludgate Circus (CIty Thameslink) and Farringdon – and then on out to the ‘burbs on the other side of London.
The light was amazing and I was shooting with the 5D and a 50mm1.8… it really tickles me to use an £80 lens on a £2.5K camera and I love the results, right down to the way the lens vignettes at a wide aperture. The colour and clarity are astounding…. so here’s a small selection of colour pics.
I don’t normally take pictures on the London Underground: I know that I’d hate it if someone stuck a lens in my face in the already crowded and busy platforms or trains. But the other day, as I was rushing for a train to take me up to Sheffield for the Documentary Festival, where our film is showing, I saw a shot that made me stop and dig my camera out of my bag… I only had time to grab 2 frames before the next crowd of people pushed by and a tube train came in and blocked the shot.
And a few weeks ago, we were on the way back from another film festival – the Fringe Festival in East London (can you see a pattern) – when a group of people reading on the tube caught my eye. I really like the way that each of them is lost in their own world, some with books, some eyes closed and some chatting…
Here are a few more shots – some from the Underground and some from the Overground.
One afternoon last week, we spent a pleasurable few hours shooting some classes at this grand mosque in Riyadh. We had asked to shoot some video for our documentary series, The Arabs – A People’s History, and the mosque kindly let us in on a Saturday afternoon. There were several groups were spread out around the mosque, reading and reciting from the Koran, they seemed to be divided by age, the youngest being about 4 or 5 years old, going up to men who were well into middle age.
Stepping into the mosque from 40 degrees C, the atmosphere inside was wonderfully cool and calm. Everybody seemed happy to see us and we were met with smiles and nods wherever we went. At one point an official from the mosque came over looking quite grave and I was worried that I’d done something inappropriate or insensitive. In fact he wanted to make sure I was getting all the pictures I needed and to introduce me to a group of students who he thought would make a good set up for our sequence: we wanted footage that would illustrate how mosques can be centres of education.
When we’d finished, the Imam invited us to his offices for coffee, tea and sweets and as we left, presented us with several booklets and DVDs.