Thursday, 29 October 2015

Rudimentary Office, Waves and Lines and Beyond Your Deams

Rudimentary Office :- Basic, cold, and under constant electric light provided by a single bulb. The windows were permanently blacked out and taped up so no natural light or fresh air could be allowed in. There's be a constant clattering of machines heard from down the hallway, the murmer of different conversations mixed in with typewriters clacking away and cigarette smoke permeating through everything. Not great working conditions but there was a war on after all. This is a shot of one of the real offices in one of the many huts that were located in the gorunds of the now famous Bletchely Park, home of the code breakers. Everything was covert even on site. Bits of paper handed from one department to the other but hardly anything ever said. Most of the people there dind't know what each other was doing. It was all on a need to know basis. In fact many weren't even told what it was they were doing or what it was in aid of. They simply got on with it and passed on the end result knowing that somewhere along the line their work was helping. Bletchley Park is now open to the public and a fascinating and enthralling place to look around. It's atmospheric, humbling and thoroughly mind-blowing.

Waves and Lines :- The architecture on the beach and promenade / undercliff walk at Ovingdean Gap fascinates me. It's all a mixture of sine waves and hard angles. The sea defense and walkway at the foot of the cliffs was built between 1930 and 1933 and it shows. There's an overbearing hardness to it all with a dusting of elegance thrown over the top. They've tried to be practical and strong whilst retaining a flow to everything. Before this was all built the sea would batter the chalk cliff face at high tide and wear away the chalk undermining the cliffs themselves which in turn threatened the main coast road that was being built at the time up top. It was essential that the sea be held back from eroding the coastline any more.

Beyond Your Deams :- I've mentioned it before but I have never forgotten studying photography at art college (in the 80's) and being told to 'never shoot into the sun'. It was a rule that was drummed into us, a rule that I obeyed and a rule that I never thought to question. Then (much) later on in life I did question it. Why shouldn't you shoot into the sun? Well, apart from the obvious answer about looking directly into it and damaging your eyes I couldn't think of a valid reason or see whay that rule had been put in place. So I broke it and haven't looked back since. Some of my most atmospheric shots and images have been the result of breaking that rule. This image was taken on the beach (near where I live) during late afternoon. It was bright and sunny, calm but cool, the tide was out and the rocks were wet. So I took the chance, centering the shot on the gap in the old breakwater and went for it. The bright sunlight obvisouly was too much for my little camera to take so the final image ended up much darker than it really was but I love the look of it and the atmosphere it creates.

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