Old Dolo Blues

This day just south of sadness has been gone
The silhouettes are falling for the moon
And they’re reading out love letters
From the shades they left behind
And taking every opportunity to hide

All asunder some are headed each which way
Selling directions to an unfamiliar place
So it seems they might be broken
Mark the time and carry on
It’s just what happens when they’re left here for too long

Concrete boulevards, disintegrated hours
Old dolos intertwined and fighting for the towers
Made by mass production industry
Singing nuclear weapon blues
About half-life leaving half a life to lose

Late night radio, obituaries read
Each one an ocean taken, put to rest
And another stone in memory
Is placed down on the shore
Each one nameless, just a number, just a war

Featured on Redbubble homepage, 10 August 2011

Location: Torness, East Lothian, Scotland

© Donald Cameron 2009

Credit to Glenn for alerting me to this place, it’s a very unusual sight amongst the Scottish coastline, so I was intrigued to visit it myself. The dolos referenced in the poem are strangely shaped man-made concrete stones found scattered along the shoreline at Torness, near the nuclear power station (also hence the nuclear reference).

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  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago

    wonderful image!

  • Thanks Scott

    – Donald Cameron

  • Erhan OZBIYIK
    Erhan OZBIYIKover 4 years ago

    Perfect one !!!
    Especially -Very unique !!! Great shot ! :)

  • It’s a very unusual place so it’s easier than normal to come up with a unique photo, cheers.

    – Donald Cameron

  • Joseph Darmenia
    Joseph Darmeniaover 4 years ago

    Great capture.

  • Thanks Joseph

    – Donald Cameron

  • Christine  Wilson Photography
    Christine Wil...over 4 years ago

    fabulous work

  • Thanks a lot

    – Donald Cameron

  • Frank Waechter
    Frank Waechterover 4 years ago

    Crisp details and very good contrasts, indeed unique.

  • Thanks for the feedback Frank

    – Donald Cameron

  • Cosimo Piro
    Cosimo Piroover 4 years ago

    What can I say….you don’t disappoint…..image and words as usual hold my attention.

  • Glad it does, when you find somewhere really interesting there’s a bit more pressure to produce a good piece of work out of it.

    – Donald Cameron

  • RickGeorge
    RickGeorgeover 4 years ago

    fine work!

  • Thanks Richard

    – Donald Cameron

  • Greg Carrick
    Greg Carrickover 4 years ago

    ‘A day south of sadness’
    marvellous stuff :)

  • Ah yes I liked that line myself :)

    – Donald Cameron

  • GlennC
    GlennCover 4 years ago

    I have been looking forward to seeing your work from your visit to Torness and I am not disappointed. I really like your take on these fine structures. Amazing sky which mimics the swirling sea. Great stuff!

  • Well there was a lot of pressure with these after the shots you & marshall produced, think I just about got away with it :) The way the sky turned out was unintentional at first but I like the way the cloud crosses over, it’s a great place to shoot so glad you discovered it.

    – Donald Cameron

  • colinpowell
    colinpowellover 4 years ago

    what a surreal structure – looks like a mess of childrens toys – the figure (is it a figure?) on the top adds a final bit of ambiguousness – another lovely composition. cp:-)

  • Thanks Colin. The thing is this isn’t just a small structure, it’s part of a massive long sea defence wall that seems to go on for miles, this is just the very end of it. I like the childrens toys analogy, it does look like a big pile of teddy bears now that you mention it, and I think it’s just a light on top of the pillar even though it looks like a figure.

    – Donald Cameron

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