The seawall at Burnham-On-Sea, looking northwards along the promenade; 12 Oct 2015.

The Somerset Levels run down westwards into the muddy waters of the Bristol Channel, and last Monday we were on this often bleak coast at cheap and cheerful Burnham-On-Sea.  It was a beautiful autumn day, with bright, wall to wall sunshine, and the tide was actually almost in, so that its waters hid many of the vast expanses of dark, glutinous mud for which this stretch of coastline is justly infamous.

We walked south to where the sluggish River Brue empties into the much larger River Parrett, and then turned our backs on the sun to walk back northwards into a distinctly chilly northerly breeze.

And there, beside us and always with us, was the inland side of Burnham’s tall and solid seawall, speckled with bright yellow lichens and converging off into the distance as if there was no tomorrow. 

That converging mass of masonry hit me in the eye, so I dropped down onto one knee, endured several well-meaning passers by asking if I needed any help getting back up again,  and took that convergence in with a 24mm lens.  The sky was blue, and the flat promenade was being seared by blazing sunlight that grazed across the vertical wall.

Back at my computer, the resulting image yelled at me to be turned into portrait format.

D700 with 24-120 Nikkor at 24mm; 200 ISO; Color Efex Pro 4; rotated 90 degrees clockwise.


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. Malin Ellisdotter H says:

    “endured several well-meaning passers by asking if I needed any help getting back up again…” Hahaha… wonderful.

    About the image; I love it, it’s kind of surreal. Fantastic perspective, my friend.


  2. Sallyann says:

    I think I prefer it the right way up, but there again, at this angle you would have been lying stomach down on fresh air with your feet sticking out behind you so on second thoughts, I like it as it is. 🙂


  3. paula graham says:

    Yea, I know that appealing wall…best photo ever, I have seen , modern art stuff!


  4. It denies all the heavy weight by turning it this way; I like that; ‘to hell with gravity!’ 😉 Enjoy the weekend, Adrian.


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