The last week has seen me making a few journeys cross-country, where I’ve been based in Aintree on Merseyside. Of course I packed my camera, in the hope that I might have the opportunity to make a short detour to Crosby beach and find a new angle on Another Place, the collection (100 in all) of Antony Gormley sculptures which are installed along the shore here. Art and a beach? Seemed like a perfect combination for me.
Unfortunately a different combination of working hours and daylight hours proved incompatible, so that the only occasions where I had time on my hands were when it was pitch black. A speedlite might have illuminated one of the statues, and with a camera on a tripod and a long exposure I might have caught some ambient light in the sky, but I hear that the beach there is particularly muddy, so the tripod would probably have sunk as I did so. Another Place will have to wait for another time.
I still came away with some imagery from the trip though. Only a couple of evenings before a friend had promised me a picture of the willow tree in the grounds of the school where she works so long as it remained snowy until the Monday. (I’m assuming it didn’t JJ!). However on my way over the Pennines I spotted a specimen of my own just outside Kirkby Stephen. There was nothing additional in the vicinity which would make the picture, but it’s an impressive specimen anyway. It did however have the effect that having stopped to get the camera and tripod out, I was inclined to look for inspiration elsewhere. I had an inkling of where I would find it too.
Apart from the newly constructed waiting room on one platform the place looks like it has remained unchanged for years, so I shot some interesting compositions, but again I felt I lacked a point of interest. Where was Jenny Agutter and her red knickers when I needed her?
The light was fading quickly now so I returned to my car and continued uphill when I found my point of interest. Not sure what the point of this structure by the roadside was, but it brings a whole new meaning to shoe tree!