Dungeness Shack

Richard Paul

Romsey, United Kingdom

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Another picture inspired by my trip to Dungeness, this features the old fishing shack strewn with torn nets and favoured by many a photographer. The nets were a challenge, but I found by drawing them firmly in coloured pencil and then running over in a soft graphite pencil, the graphite would fill the gaps and leave the coloured pencil showing. The original picture was drawn A4 size on cartridge paper, and sold in October 2015.

The peninsula at Dungeness is famed for the gentle decay of what were once fishing boats and the associated tools of the trade. Its a place of harsh salty winds, bare shingle studded with tough sea cabbages, and the ruins of anything left by man. Here is a poem I’ve penned to describe the trip we took on the little steam train down to Dungeness…

We travel low and tightly held
on shuddered track across the plain
past garden backs and waving hands
and fields of sheep and running lambs

We leave the green of Kent behind
to reach this shingle spit of land
where bleak winds blow through broken boats
and tar shacks heaped in knotted rope

With winches rusted by the shore
and sea cabb-age – there’s little more
to stop the salted blast that rusts
and sends us back to the cafe huts

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