Rowing boat on The Cobb, at Lyme Regis, Dorset; 3 Nov 2004.

The sunlit seat of the boat makes a powerfully gleaming, rectilinear shape on the left, which contrasts with its curved shadow further right.

The boat’s scratched and battered floor provides an abstract background – with a small but darkly gleaming sprig of wet seaweed adding the sole touch of recogniseable reality.  There is another rectangular shape on the right of the frame.

Olympus OM-4 with 21mm Zuiko; Fuji Provia 400 colour slide rated at 1600 ISO; rotated 90 degrees anticlockwise.


  1. This one is just fantastic! I am not able to see the boat here but what an abstract it makes! Colours,textures and that steel (?) pole on the left all add up to make a wonderful image.


    • Thank you, my friend – this is a favourite of mine too – and something from the days of colour slides! Did you ever use slides, or film for that matter? Or were you straight in with digital? I don’t have any sort of hankering for the days of film – things simply were more difficult then although, having no alternative, we just did it! I can remember returning from a holiday with 5 films = 180 frames – that could easily be a day’s shooting on the Levels now.

      Thanks for your thoughts, M! A 🙂


  2. Yes. And yes. I really like this image, Adrian. First, there’s the abstract aspect of it, then the blue tones, then the gritty textured feel to it, then the contrasting lines …. I’d be happy with it even if I didn’t know it’s a rowboat 😉 Good one, sir.


    • Igor, thank you very much indeed! I remember that I took this on a very overcast holiday in Dorset – I think I may have been using 400 ISO slides pushed to 1600 ISO throughout, and that wonderful Fujichrome slide film did the job – the push processing may well have enhanced the colours, contrast and grittiness. Thank you again. Adrian


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