This image came about after a particularly ordinary afternoon. The sky was flat and dull and the sea lacked spirit. Yet as sundown approached, so the clouds parted and a swell picked up. The result is a richly textured, reflective lesson in the power of patience.
When I look at an image such as this, I am transported back in time. For I became mesmerised by the sea as a young boy.
On regular fishing trips with my Dad, we were ruled by the sea's actions. As the tide dropped, day or night, we would head out to dig bait and set the 'night lines'. As the tide pressed in, day or night, we would be on the shoreline with the rods set. In between, we ate, listened to the Shipping Forecast and slept. My favourite times came with the rise or setting of the sun, for these were the 'witching hours' when the most bites came and our patience would be rewarded!
Today, they are my 'golden hours', when the seascape photography is at its best.
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Location: Crantock Bay, Cornwall
Photographer: Chris Simmons