Bandstand, Swanage; 9 Nov 2006.

Swanage is a small, rather quiet and rather old style seaside resort.  And, in a park, it has a stage for outdoor live music.

However there is an optical illusion here, in that it appears that this stage is situated on a mound raised above flat ground with an encircling wall. 

But the top of the “wall” is actually the surrounding ground’s surface, and the bandstand is sited in a flat, circular pit excavated into this surface.

Don’t believe me?  Then google “swanage bandstand” and select the “Images” tab.

F6 with 24-85 Nikkor at 24mm; Fuji Provia 400 colour slide rated at 1600 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the High Structure Harsh preset.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. swanagedrum says:

    Hi, Do you remember what time of day/night and what time of year that you took this photo.
    Thank you

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Well, Lawrie, the date is actually given in the text: 9 Nov 2006. And since we were on holiday and have usually returned to our accommodation before sunset, and looking at the angle of the sun, this picture would have been taken mid/late-morning – the sun was sufficiently high in the sky on this autumn morning to cast these wonderful shadows. Earlier in the morning, the lower angle sun would have been shining more horizontally. Adrian 🙂

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  2. Sonali Dalal says:

    Beautiful play of shadow.


  3. Sallyann says:

    I googled as suggested and you’ve definitely been playing tricks with my eyes again. 🙂
    In one googled picture the pit around the bandstand was flooded so it stood in its own moat. I’m a fan of geometric patterns so enjoyed your picture just as much, thanks. 😀

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  4. I tried to google but couldn’t find anything with ‘images’. Help a tired soul and include the link next time, bud. 😊 Meanwhile, cool shot!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      The reason I didn’t include a link was that Google has several shots from several sites, and it seemed better to let people see them all, to get a full idea of what the bandstand is like – I know what tired soul means at this time, Gem >>> sorry about that!

      However what I’m nor sure of is whether our Googles look the same; I’m using the version, and after it has finished searching for “swanage bandstand”, it shows the search box at the top of the page, and immediately below that there are a number of items which from left to right are “web” (the default), “Maps”, “Images” , “Videos” etc, and you click onto “Images” – does your Google look like that???

      Anyway, glad you like the shot! A xxx


  5. krikitarts says:

    Powerful light and shadow play, Adrian. I can’t help but wonder how it would look as a negative or solarization (and maybe subjected to one of your famous rotations)!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Gary, good to hear from you, man! How’s the arm? I hope you’re mending well.

      You’re absolutely right to urge the negative and solarised approaches, I’m sure they would be striking. Famous rotations? Being round makes those easier! 😀 But yes, I did look at this upside down, and its good – like a open wickerwork basket or something like that. Adrian 🙂


  6. paula graham says:

    Of course I believe you!! It is indeed an amazing illusion. Lovely light, photograph, shadow and framing.


  7. Meanderer says:

    Wonderful strong shadows, Adrian. Love Swanage, too 🙂


  8. sheldonk2014 says:

    Great work love the way the sun has created another part of the photo


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