“The world today is sick to its thin blood for lack of elemental things, for fire before the hands, for water, for air, for the dear earth itself underfoot.” Henry Beston, The Outermost House.
The other day I read a blog post by Julian Hoffman called the Bugling Sky He prefaced it with a quote from Henry Beston´s The Outermost House. I´d never heard of Beston before, or this book, so I did a bit of research. The nature writer, Henry Beston, lived for a year in a small beach house he´d had built on the sands of Cape Cod. His description of this year spent on the shores of this fragile peninsula which stands on the eastern US seaboard, exposed to the power of the North Atlantic, is one of the most lyrical and descriptive pieces of nature writing in the English language. The above quote from The Outermost House resonated with me, and although he wrote this in 1928, it´s still just as relevant for us today.
Chatham on Cape Cod is a very pleasant place to visit, it has an historical lighthouse, a small but busy fishing harbour and a well tended beach. After a stroll along the beach I came across this depot for lost shoes (and a towel). I know this picture is slightly unusual for me in that I have photographed pairs of shoes, normally it´s the poor lost shoe that gets my attention and sympathy. But I like this scene because of two reasons:
1. This small jumble of colours on the sand. I´ve selectively increased the colour saturation of each shoe to make the scene “pop” a bit more and give it a slight colour film feel. By the way, I´m using Capture One version 7 to process my RAW data, which I can recommend whole heartedly.
2. And the question each pair of shoes throws up. What was the sex of the wearers? I´ve come up with my own theory and it´s this: The single flip flop top left was worn by a male, the two just below it by a woman, the trainers by a man and the other pair next to them by a woman. The towel is gender neutral. Does that match your opinions?
Another murky day on the beach, which made this chair stand out even more. The colours are just so loud, I could almost hear it from miles away!
There was a thick sea mist covering the beach that day. We could just make out some seals swimming a few meters out to sea, it was all very eerie. When there´s not a lot to focus on in the big picture, my eye turns to what´s at my feet. So I lay down and started photographing the dune grass. Droplets of mist covered the grass and as I got in closer, I began to see more and more details of this macro world. As usual some of the most wonderful things are right under our feet.
Just in case anyone has missed it, there is an election coming up in USA.
This rather nice lady was getting people to register in New York. I think her wish as candidate needs no explanation, the picture says it all.
And this is in Chatham on Cape Cod although, I think, a Democrat bastion, the other side are not hiding their lights under any bushels! My only question here was, who has taken America away?