Southend Pier continues to close its doors whenever I’m in town with a minute or two on my hands to wield the camera, so I was left with a stroll along the beach at Thorpe Bay to provide me with some visual riches.
Just a small matter first; can you have a beach on a river? This is after all the Thames Estuary, but it is tidal, populated with seagulls and has all the fun of the fair, so you can’t blame this shore lover for feeling at home.
But what to shoot? The estuary itself provided a few nice clouds and boats bobbing on the water, but these didn’t really grab me. What do you think? I did like the more abstract result from shooting a long exposure and allowing the boats to blur.
Perhaps the guy channelling Michael Hutchence would be a better subject? Maybe, but I’m no petrol head so it’s not really my style. Ironic to encounter this on the day that Jeremy Clarkson may finally have had the brakes applied though.
Back to the water then.
There are a couple of things that this shoreline has aplenty though. I should focus on them.
The first is beach huts. Not as aesthetic as their cousins in Northumberland, but what they lack in quality… Couldn’t decide whether to shoot landscape or portrait however!
No pearl to be found though. Instead I returned my gaze to the boats on the water and the twinkling of all those diamonds.