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A busy Bournemouth beach (2), England, 1980s by David A. L. Davies

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Bournemouth beach on an August bank Holiday in the 1980s, captured on film with Olympus om1.

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bournemouth, beach, sea, sea side, deck chairs, people, children, kids, families, family fun, fun, sun bathing, leisure, holidays, sand, sun, sun shine, warm, coast, dorset, english, british, england, uk, summer

People tell me I should take pictures which sell, but I feel I would be selling my soul. Instead I keep on taking the pictures which I enjoy taking. I will probably never get rich from photography, or even make a decent living from it, but at least I will have left authentic images which might just be of of interest to someone after I have gone!

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  • oulgundog
    oulgundogover 2 years ago

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogover 2 years ago

    I can’t pin point what I like about your photos. They remind very much of paintings by Vettriano (not just because it’s the well known beach scenes) . But the lesser known look into daily life even the erotica .. which yours aren’t by the way. . I don’t know if it’s the subjects, framing or colour saturation.. hopefully not photoshop.. but I’ll forgive you because I know how stuff fades. They are always busy which contradicts my paralell to Vettriano.. more like a busy Lowry. They record daily life and time and places , not so long ago, but changed, compared to todays life. Just 30 to 40 years on! I see you used an OM1.. I had one but was never able to use it, the way you have. Hopefully you can make sense of my ramblings… fact is … I really really like your photos.

  • Thanks for your kind comments outgundog. I moved to Germany in 1978 after spending my youth in good old blighty. I intended to return after a year or two, but I discovered life in Düsseldorf and met my my wife to be, —so here I stayed! For the first decade or so I returned for a week in the spring time and went on a foto safari/pub crawl with my brother, but when he started producing offspring, that put an end to that!
    I found that living abroad enabled me to look at things in another light, that is why some of my photos portray the normal way of life in England. I always wanted to spend more time photographing beach scenes, but due to lack of time and money, never managed it.
    I don’t know Vettriano but am a great fan of Lowry, maybe there was influence there. I must confess to upping the saturation on a couple of shot after seeing Martin Parrs photos, which I also like.
    I loved my OM1. I had 2 OM1s & 1 OM2 in the bag, and it still was not heavy. Am now struggling with a Nikon D90, too b…. complicated, big & heavy!
    Incidently, I have just returned home after taking a few shots of the Blast furnaces in Duisburg by night, that has been on my list for a couple of years now!

    – David A. L. Davies

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