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Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 15 July 2007 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

This photo was taken on the beach at Crosby which is on the harbour approaches to Liverpool in the north west of England.

There are 100 of these life size cast iron figures by the sculptor Antony Gormley spread out over a 2 mile stretch of the beach. With the changing light, weather & tides the figures alter in their relationship to the beach as well as each other.

I think it is a truly wonderful work of public art!

The photo was taken well after sunset in dark and rapidly changing weather. Even though I used a tripod far bigger than the tiny Fuji F31 compact camera that it was supporting, I found afterward that only about half the photos I took were useable as I had not always pushed the tripod hard enough into the soft sand.

I hope you like the photo and that you get a sense of how surreal it felt all alone on the beach at night with just those statues for company!

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sithenah from Hyde, United Kingdom

We had hoped to have gone and seen this when we were in Southport last month but the weather was so awful we didn't. Maybe one day if they don't take them away.

15 Jul 2007 10:12am

@sithenah: Thanks Sithenah - the local council have arranged for the statues to stay at Crosby instead of being moved to New York so they will still be there next time you visit the area.

daniel kurniawan from solo, Indonesia

nice photo and great story ian :p seen this photo before at fuji forum..

15 Jul 2007 6:01pm

@daniel kurniawan: Hi Daniel - thanks for taking the time to reply - I'm glad you remembered the photo - the dpreview fujiforum is really great and the other posters there have given me lots of encouragement and inspiration.

Daroru from Amagasaki, Japan

Great moment to take this, the light is really interesting. Wonderful scene!

16 Jul 2007 7:27am

@Daroru: Thank you very much Daroru! I'm pleased that you liked the light as I was worried that the shot was a little too blue. Regards, Ian

Babul Bhatt from Bombay, India

Awesome shot... wonderful use of cool lights...excellent panorama...

16 Jul 2007 9:06am

@Babul Bhatt: Babul - thank you very much. I love these statues on the beach! Ian