Man by the sea

FANTASY: a wave, furrowed, swelling, dark, and with a thin, foaming apron of silver, rolls in towards the beach and meets a man.  And there is a communion – something passes –  between the moving water and that rigid figure with his dark suit, bowed head and tightly clenched fists.  

Is he bowing to the turbulent and rising water, acknowledging it perhaps as a living thing?  Or, in a moment of shock and revelation, is he realising his own inadequacy in the face of this endless, remorseless and energetic swell?  And, equally, in what way is the wave responding to him?  Indifference, perhaps?  Or, however muted and distant, is there some acknowledgement of another feature of this planet’s surface?

And because this is an interpretation that exists only in my mind, I have used a pale vignette to separate this imagined interaction from the solid and all too permanent reality all around – the mist shifts, and we are granted a fleeting glimpse into a daydream.

REALITY: a man, not a young man as I remember, walked down the beach in a dark blue suit, brown shoes and a wide brimmed hat, and remained standing there in the harsh sunlight, apparently transfixed by the sand and pebbles at his feet. 

What was he actually doing?  His fists appear to be clenched but, magnifying things substantially, I think that his hands are in fact full of beach pebbles – and fossils too maybe on this famous Jurassic Coast.  And he’s gazing down at the beach’s debris, hoping to add more to his collection.

West Bay, Dorset; 21 Apr 2015; D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 200 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Antique Portrait 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.

10 Responses to FANTASY 32 – WAVE MEETS MAN (MONO)

  1. Meanderer says:

    What a superb image – love the processing. I like the suggestion of mystery as the man looks almost out of place dressed as he is standing close to the sea. Another candidate for a book cover!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, the man does look out of place, glad you think so too – it would be quite different if he were in swimming trunks! Book cover? OK, we’ll team up on this – I’ll do the cover and you do the book … Thanks for your thoughts, my friend! Off to the Levels early tomorrow – these light mornings make the driving easier! Good to see you back blogging! A 🙂

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  2. Sallyann says:

    I’m glad youve given us a glimpse of the reality too, I was imagining a “Reginald Perrin” moment and my mind was screaming into your picture.
    I’m much happier going away with the thought of the pebble and fossil collection at home. 🙂


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      OMG, you have lost me once again, Cherie, do I know what a “Reginald Perrin moment” is??? Please do enlighten this eager correspondent! :~


      • Sallyann says:

        Oh dear, from the murky depths of my memories I recall a TV series staring the same actor as the rising damp man (I forget his name).
        Reginald Perrin left his clothes at the water’s edge and we assume walked into the sea, never to be seen again.
        . Until the next series. 😀


  3. paula graham says:

    Shows you: it is all in the mind!!


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