I was asked how do you embody Serenity in a photograph, we’ll this one was is easy for me, the beach at Filey on a cold winters day is a place of utmost tranquility, peacefulness and serenity, especially when it’s secluded, apart from the odd dog walker, which is exactly what I was doing on the day I took these photos while my nine year old Jack Russell ran around with the boundless joy of a puppy…I guess she was having a serenity moment as well.
The real beauty for me of this serene beach in the harshness of winter, it allows you to switch off completely from the outside world, and soak up the beach and become one with the sounds, smells and scenery stretched out in front of you… My pure heaven.
Reflections at night can create amazing photos under wet conditions and what better place than a beach just after the tide has gone out. So for this Weekly Photo Challenge Reflections, my subject is Filey beach with Moon Reflections. (one day-time beach reflection shot as well)
Filey is a place I go to reflect and unwind from the rat-race of city life in Leeds, it’s where I can totally ‘switch-off’ and just soak up the smells and sounds, these may only be for a fleeting moments, but they charge my soul batteries my months.
I happened to stumble across one of the oldest building in Filey, the 12th Century Parish Church of St Oswald, situated on Church Hill in the north of the town. So I got the ‘old trusty’ camera out and took these atmospheric Black & White shots of the The Church and Graveyard.
Nicholas Pevsner said of the building
This is easily the finest church in the NE corner of the East Riding’ Buildings of England
You’ve probably guessed by now I have a special place in my heart for the unspoilt and un-commercialised seaside town of Filey on the East Yorkshire coast, for me one its most endearing qualities is its people, and how friendly they are, no more so than on a morning whilst they are preparing for the hustle and bustle of tourism to kick in. I’ve noticed this greater since getting my little ‘mans-best-friend’, she really loves its beach and getting up for an early morning walk for the papers, no matter where we stop, or how far away it is, we’ll wander of into town ‘rain or shine’ …recently we even did a 5.30am walk ‘excited doggie’, despite this, it’s on these walks that you get to meet the ‘real’ and friendly people of Filey, I don’t think I’ve actual met someone who’s not is willing to say hello back or even propose the hello first. This is such a delightful character for its population of nearly 7000, something which my suburb town of CrossGates (with its meagre population 2200) doesn’t seem to have.
Over the Easter break we encamped again in the beautifully refurbished Abbots Leigh Guest House for 3 days of R&R, under the friendly control of Stephanie and Chris, who like me share a great passion for the art and heritage of Filey. Over these days I managed to grasp a few special ‘me-times’ to wander again with ‘Trusty the Camera’, doing a 3 hour night shoot (which I’ll blog about later) and a wet and wild day on the beach which provided some profoundly atmospheric scenes to capture.