British Coastline On The Edge by Peter Cairns
The interface between land and sea offers many opportunities for contrast. Peter Cairns gets inspired by the British coastline, and its weather – photographing on the edge
My colleague Niall Benvie introduced me to the ‘edge effect’ a number of years ago. He suggested that the interface – the zone of change between land and sea, between night and day and even between changing weather patterns – is a seductive draw for landscape photographers and a quick browse through this magazine will confirm Niall’s theory.
It’s not surprising then that along our spectacular coastline – a habitat that often brings several ‘edges’ together in one place – photographers find a rich seam of opportunity. Even in the most remote and inaccessible coastal corners it’s not uncommon to see a tripod precariously balanced on a rocky headland above a raging sea. Somewhere close by will be a photographer seeking to capture the majesty of the edge, as land, sea, weather and light coalesce against the soundtrack of a pulsating ocean.
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