I took this picture during a winter storm from the beach in Newhaven, East Sussex. It was wild. I was running in and out of the surf on the steep shingle beach doing my best to dodge the waves, get some pictures, and not get pulled into the ocean. It was wild and fun, but not a great health and safety day.
Still, it's an amazing place to photograph the sea. Waves rebound off the huge sea wall that runs out to the lighthouse there, and clash with the incoming seas. The result is a crazy maelstrom of salt water, wind and noise. I love it.
Lockdown projects... This is a view from the cliff tops near Blackgang Chine looking down on St. Catherine's lighthouse and the seemingly endless ocean beyond. The skies here seem really big.
I'll often take a morning run past this spot, and have photographed it many times, but never loved the result. I like it best when the sea and the sky and the earth all feel part of the same entity: shaped from the same clay so to speak.
I'm not explaining this well, but sometimes when it's misty and the light is low, it's hard to tell where the earth turns into air and the sea turns into sky. For some reason this makes me happy. This, I think, is what this picture is about.
It's a pencil sketch and a water big messy watercolour which I've then brought into photoshop and completely reworked. I like it, and I hope it pleases you too.