Saturday, 15 October 2016

Whittling down West Wittering


It's taken me a while to whittle down my 300+ West Wittering photographs from my 40th London Street Photography Meetup. It seems apt to select 40 photos, and then to cherry-pick from those to meet the challenges.

We started with a story of East Head aiming to capture a nature element, a people element, a man-made element and a close-up element. The bonus fifth element was seagull. I was surprised how seagull-free the day was, normally they circle above Polly's head but after much lurking I found a couple of the noisy scavengers, but I think I had more success with a dog element!



Then we split into three teams (go team "Life's a beach, and then you shoot!", catchy-eh?) to collaborate over a frame, a reflection, a beach hut and a still life. We were fortunate Ben's godmother Mary allowed us to explore (and thankfully shelter in) her lovely number 18 beach hut!




Finally, dodging the somewhat idiosyncratic British weather we hit the beach pondering the theme "together but alone" and amazingly, enjoy a bit of a gloomy, and then glorious enormous skies sunset.




After a hearty refuel we threw ourselves on the mercy of the sheer shoulder-shrugging insouciance of Southern Trains. Who, in their wisdom, have generally abandoned timetables in favour of a more haphazard pot-luck approach where you board a mystery train which could take you closer to home, or to an entirely new surprise destination. And they don't charge extra for that joy!





It was a sensational seaside adventure indeed, a fabulous potpourri of photography opportunities, old friends, new friends, Ben's wonderful godmother Mary, and even with the unexpected randomness of the British weather, and buckets full of laughs too.




I thoroughly enjoy the experience of the wilds of West Wittering and looking forward to seeing everyone's photos, and see Polly make some sense of the sheer volume of our collective output. Good luck with that, Polly!




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