2.2.3 Wish You Were Here: Shifting Coast

Influences and styles? Frith postcards. Nostalgia.

Other places to investigate: Bacton sand dune protection for gas works, what gets saved and what does not and why?

The Norfolk Coast is an area that is only an hour’s drive from Cambridge and a place that I go frequently for days out and short weekend holidays at different times of the year. It is more remote than places like Aldeburgh that are closer to London and the tourist industry is based more on ‘wilderness’ the flat landscapes with sandy beaches and lots of bird-watching. It also has a long history of aristocratic domination – being the site of Sandringham.

Sheringham 2011

Just down the coast from Cromer is the town of Sheringham. The current town of Sheringham was once Lower Sheringham, a fishing station for the main village, now known as Upper Sheringham. It is a railway town that was developed with the coming of the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway line in the late 19th century. Most of Sheringham’s range of buildings and shops come from this period and the early 20th century. Along the fragile sandstone cliffs past Beeston Tor lies West Runton – much of what is shown in these photos from 2011 was washed away in 2013 and also affected by the flooding and heavy rain in 2019. See: https://www.northnorfolknews.co.uk/news/coastguard-warning-of-further-cliff-falls-after-sidestrand-incident-1-6103879

It is a beautiful, and often very uncrowded stretch of coast, particularly outside the school holiday season. The coastline twists to face West towards the Wash, and so has beautiful sunsets. Examples of Photoshop composite developed for Illustration 1 book cover.

The cliffs as they erode have revealed mammoths and and dinosaurs that are kept in Cromer Museum. These are the real vivid colours of the red stone at sunset.

The power of the sea is ever present and dramatic. Especially in the Spring tides.

Burnham Overy Staith

Burnham Overy is one of the five ‘Burnhams’ on the Norfolk Coast Path in the district of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk. It is a relatively remote area about 20 miles from King’s Lynn and 30 miles from Norwich. Historically Burnham Overy on the River Burn was the port for the surrounding villages of the Burnhams. The larger village of Burnham Market is less than 1-mile to the west) and Holkham Estate is 3 miles to the east. Google Map

Between Burnham Overy Staithe and the sea, the river spreads out into multiple tidal creeks through the salt marshes that fringe this stretch of coast, and finally reaches the sea by passing through the fronting sand dunes at a gap locally known as Burnham Harbour. Small boats can reach Burnham Overy Staithe through this gap and creek. Today Burnham Overy Staithe, and the associated harbour, is a major recreational sailing centre. It is also the point of departure for ferries to the Scolt Head Island National Nature Reserve.

The images below were all accepted for shutterstock.

Photoshop experimentation for photoscreen preparation

The rejected images were much more contrasty, and so had too much chromatic aberration and noise that was not possible to remove. But their bold silhouettes were also quite atmospheric. So I started to experiment with Photoshop to see how they might convert into colour Photoscreen. Nothing startling yet, but something I intend to explore further.