Perspective: Looking up, Down or Sideways

Getting a different perspective on familiar things for me usually involves some kind of physical contortion.

I approached this iconic Scallop on Aldeburgh beach with camera already set.  Since I could see people approaching, and wanted a shot without them in it, I flung myself down flat on the pebbled seashore in front of it and clicked the shutter. It was an “all-in-one” sequence of actions. One second I was on my feet, next second I was splayed flat out, clicking.

I did this so quickly (I’d been rehearsing it in my mind on the walk towards it) that  the others nearby thought I’d collapsed. I did feel a bit silly but it was good of them to check out that I was OK.  Getting back up afterwards wasn’t quite so easy. It never is these days.

This shell is dedicated to composer Benjamin Britten . It is almost 5 metres high and is made of stainless steel.

It was designed by Suffolk artist, Maggi Hambling, and bears the words :

I hear those voices that will not be drowned  (from Britten’s opera “Peter Grimes”)

 

The Scallop on Aldeburgh Beach Maggi Hambling Benjamin Britten

The Scallop on Aldeburgh Beach ©HelenBushe

 

Getting the next couple of shots involved me cricking my neck:

Lytham Windmill perspective monochrome

Lytham Windmill ©Helenbushe

 

Salts Mill Chimney Saltaire

Salts Mill Chimney ©HelenBushe

 

For this one I supported myself on a slimy bit of concrete :

The Shoreline perspective monochrome

The Shoreline ©HelenBushe

 

And for the last two I was down on my knees :

 

Aisle Kettlewell Church

Down the Aisle in Kettlewell Church ©HelenBushe

 

Lytham Jetty perspective monochrome

Lytham Jetty ©HelenBushe

 

How I suffer for my art (?)!  Ha!  And what fun I have doing it.

That’s my take on Perspective for Cee’s Black & White Challenge this week.

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