On Friday, Kim and I managed to get a break in the weeks of rain we seem to be having at the moment to spend a few hours at Antony Gormley’s Another Place. Another Place is a stretch of beach at Crosby on Merseyside where Gormley “harnesses the ebb and flow of the tide to explore man’s relationship with nature”. He’s done this by placing 100 figures, based on casts of himself, across a long section of the beach. The location we chose is very close to the (free) parking at Crosby’s leisure centre.
The first shot below was looking east, back towards Liverpool. You can see that the sculpture is on a raised plinth. These are actually 3 metres tall to help stabilise the sculptures. In some cases they are visible above the sand whereas for others the sculptures themselves have become partially buried in the sand. The idea behind this first shot was to try and place the sculptures in their overall industrial context. In the background are windfarms and the start of what is left of Liverpool’s docks. From what I could tell though, none of the sculpture actually face this way. They all face either across the Mersey or out to sea.
This second image is taken from behind one of the sculptures, looking across the Mersey to the Welsh mountains in the background. As with most of these images, it’s an HDR shot comprised of 4 very long exposure originals. Apart from trying to illustrate the emptiness perhaps Gormley was trying to achieve, I also tried to connect this figure to the mountains by placing its head into a dip in the ridge line. The positioning isn’t quite what I hoped for though because its head is slightly too high in the frame. Raising my camera position may have worked better.
Although the small pool of water tries to balance the left side of the image above, I felt that the image may work better by giving more space to the right. The image below is my attempt at this. In this case the figure is viewing a natural and manmade world, with mountains on the left and a windfarm on the horizon to the right.
The sun was starting to break through a strip of sky on the western horizon giving it was orange cast. I liked the way this contrasted with the heavy blue of the clouds. This next image places a line of figures leading out towards the sun, with the windfarm balancing on the left.
This final image again looks at the emptiness of the scene, returning to the figure used in images two and three, but in this case balanced by an outflow pipe and its warning marker.
All images where taken with a Canon 5D Mk II and tripod. A Lee Big Stopper was used for the long exposures along with a hard grad filter to balance the sky and land. For some of these images (and some that aren’t in this post), I also shot tethered to allow live-view on a small laptop computer.