SOMERSET LEVELS 234 – SMALL FORT BEHIND THE BEACH (MONO)
August 6, 2015 12 Comments
World War II pillbox in the sand dunes behind the beach at Sand Bay, north of Weston-super-Mare; March 2007.
Here are the western extremities of the Somerset Levels, where they run down under the waters of the Bristol Channel, near Weston-super-Mare.
The coast and tidal areas at Sand Bay are very flat and there was concern in World War II that this might constitute a viable and relatively undefended invasion area for German forces. Hence the line of these squat, 70 year old pillboxes – tiny military strongpoints – that still command wide fields of fire across the totally exposed foreshore from their positions on the tops of the low dunes behind the beach.
The great masses of vegetation in the foreground of the photo contain strong, pale leading lines that direct the eye up the sandy path towards the pillbox, with its two blank “eyes”. This leading line effect is enhanced by the tall, wind-blasted bush on the skyline, which seems to lean towards the structure.
OM-4 with 21mm Zuiko; Fuji Provia 400 colour slide rated at 800 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Push Process N+2 preset.