Wow! I grew up here. I know Birling Gap so well. Did you visit the funny little cafe there? And did you see the newspaper article pinned to the fence next to the house? Those cottages are amazing. Oh, and did you visit the Belle Tout lighthouse? You know it was moved to stop it falling off the cliff?http://www.timetravel-britain.com/articles/houses/lighthouse.shtml
And of course, Cuckmere Haven. This is really controversial at the moment as some people want to flood that beautiful alley, which many people are against although technically it was due to flood years ago but the water has been held back.I wonder, have you thought about the Netherlands? It might make an interesting contrast.
I have to say Anna that i'm just enjoying your work more and more as time goes on......these 2 images here are brilliant.and i'm just imagining your "photographic-joy" as you came aroudn the corner and spotted the boat....! Just wonderful.
I am getting boring with my comments to you Anna...but I am a fan. I wonder if you have a magic camera (and if so can I borrow it please?) ir if it is you... there is really something about the pictures, the light, the balance
Anna, I've been keeping up with your work as well as your thoughts and find what you're doing inspiring. It's of particular interest to me because of a sort of intersection in our coastal erosion themes. You have a unique eye and a wonderful way of seeing. One thing that fascinates me is how everyone in our class has such different styles. I look forward to more.
Hi Sco,I have not been to Cuckmere Haven yet but a friend of mine who has a caravan near there told me about it. I think it might be worth a visit, though apparently it is very photographed(some coastguard cottages there as well).I find it hard to show the situation with that kind of landscape but nevertheless very much part of the debate...I missed the newspaper cutting, what does it say?I found out about Belle Tout first and went to see if I could find the remnant of the original foundation but it has eroded awayunfortunatley (obviously why they had to move it).
Thanks for everyone’s comments, I really appreciate it and it really motivates me!Mike I'm interested to see how you will depict erosion in Mozambique, we should definitely share some thoughts.Silva, I have a Mamiya 7 rangefinder. I think I have found the camera that really works for me, it corresponds to my way of seeing. I cannot take pictures with my SLR or camera phone and get the same style, so yes the type of camera is really important. You can borrow it next time I see you and you will see what I mean!
Cuckmere Haven is indeed very photographed but almost exclusively as a backdrop for grinning Japanese tourists. From what I've seen from going past on the bus it appears that they've built a dyke to hold back the water and stop it from flooding the plain. An old friend of mine lives in one of those cottages if you'd like an introduction. I'll be staying a couple of miles away over Christmas so do let me know if you're coming down. The newspaper article is from I think the late 1960s, although I can't remember what it says. I think I took a photograph of it when I was there in September. Will try and look it up.
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