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Living By The Seaside

St Annes Seaside Photowalk

I feel an affinity for the seaside and all things coastal. It makes me happy to live only a minutes walk away from the powerful and vast expanse of the sea.

Last year there was a wonderfully inspiring documentary presented by the poet and author Owen Sheers called Art and the Sea on BBC Four. Unfortunately it’s no longer on the BBC iPlayer, but you can see a short clip from it featuring the photographer Martin Parr here → Martin Parr’s Seaside

“As an island nation the sea has exerted a powerful influence on some of Britain’s best known artists. It has led to some of the finest British paintings from the likes of Constable and Turner and continues to be fertile territory for prominent artists today.” (Quote from the BBC website)

St Annes Swan

St Annes Swan By Yannick Dixon

When I woke up this morning I opened the curtains to find a thick blanket of fog covering this seaside town. Fog transforms the aesthetic quality of the landscape and I knew I had to get outside straight away to shoot some images.

The last series I shot in Lytham St. Annes was when it snowed back in December (The Big Freeze) so it was about time I went to see what else I could find.

This photograph of a swan on a nearby lake is one of my favourite images from this morning and made the whole photo-walk a success. I shot a little over a hundred images all along the promenade and beach, but I knew from the moment I pressed the shutter that this photograph was the one I’d feature first on this blog.

The Big Freeze

The Big Freeze #1 By Yannick Dixon Photographic Works

December 2010 is the month that residents of the United Kingdom will remember as The Big Freeze. Freezing cold temperatures and heavy snowfall has resulted in travel chaos across the country and transformed the look of our town’s and cities. I’ve lived by the seaside for the past seven years and I’ve never seen this amount of snow fall on the Fylde coast.

Early on Saturday morning I walked around Ashton Gardens and the sand dunes in Lytham St. Annes to photograph the freshly fallen blanket of snow and make the most of the light. I spent around three hours carefully walking in the snow (it pays to be extra vigilant when you have a Canon 5D Mark II around your neck at the best of times) and enjoyed photographing nature at it’s finest.

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