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Roff Smith

Summer Morning, Bexhill-on-Sea

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Photograph of cyclist and his touring bicycle, taken at dawn, beside an Edwardian seaside shelter on the seafront at the old-fashioned seaside holiday town of Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex.

There’s a line in Walden where Thoreau describes himself as a self-appointed
inspector of sunrises. I know just what he means. In the course of my daily pre-dawn
travels through the Sussex landscape I’ve become as aware of sunrise times,
phases of the moon and the state of the tides as any of our local fishermen. I’d
wanted to find a way to capture the magic of these early morning skies, but since the
moon sets and the sun rises on opposite horizons it seemed impossible to include
both in the same image – until I hit upon the idea of using sunlit glow on one of the
domes on the King George V Coronation colonnade at Bexhill-on-Sea to imply a
rising sun while capturing a pale full moon setting over the distant sea cliffs at
Beachy Head, off to the west. After planning the shoot and doing some trial runs,
artist’s studies, I had to wait several months for just the right conditions and then
work very swiftly in the rapidly changing light.

16" X 20"