It’s that time of year when the elements conspire to give you all the reasons you need not to see Sculpture by the Sea.
If you do make it, it is always worth the effort and if you miss it, still go, the coastal walk is worth it on its own.
Locals are probably bored with photographs of it but for me the variety and the different interpretations of each sculpture is great to see.
I guess I look at the sculptures in my own way, I love the ones you can get close to, the ones that reflect the light and interact with their surroundings. These sculptures will change throughout the day as the light shifts, they’ll photograph completely differently with clouds, sunrise, sunset or blue sky. It feels like they have been laid out for everyone with a camera to interpret in their own way.
The variety of shots I have seen, got me thinking that it would be great to see these uploaded in one place, where each sculpture could have its own gallery of images and the public could both upload and vote on their favourites. There are some brilliant shots out there and it’s interesting seeing such variety on the same subject matter.
According to the Sculpture by the Sea website, this does actually exist but good luck trying to find it.
Sculpture by the see.
What I love about the sea is the fact that it is never the same from one day to the next.
If my last trip out was cruising along a new motorway with smooth roads and plush suspension, then this trip was off-roading after torrential rain had dug pot holes and rendered some areas impassable. It was the same place but barely recognisable.
It might be calm off the beach or further out to sea but up against the cliffs, the swell bounces back and collides with itself creating a veritable washing machine of waves going in every direction (I’m thinking top loader rather than front loader here), It’s a challenge to keep your balance and a good time to use a smaller camera.
The current and the wind always seem to draw you in the one direction you don’t want to go and that would be towards the rocks on a day like today, but that of course is where the better shots lie.
The ironic things is that if you want to escape the turmoil, you need to paddle further out to sea but a portion of your brain is telling you you should be paddling back to shore.
Taking pictures in this is like drinking coffee whilst driving over a cattle grid.