Every time I see the Gormley statue ‘Another Time’ I think that he must have had a premonition of Covid 19. There’s just something prophetic about the lonely person standing stoically on the shoreline, knowing that the tide will inevitably come in and engulf him, and that he must just hold his ground and take it, until gradually it goes out again. But then it will be back. There is nothing he can do but take it, again and again. He can’t beat the forces of nature. All he can is hope to survive it.
As inevitably as the tide will come in, I will keep photographing the statue, as I’m fascinated by it. For a change, this one is taken from a lower angle to show the seaweed, with a nod to T. S. Eliot’s poem ‘The Wasteland’.
The image forms part of my Daily Print series, and is available to buy here. You might also like this palette print
This is one of those gentle coastal pictures where I like to think that less is more. I love the simplicity of it.
It wasn’t taken today; indeed the sea has been fierce today, and also a rather unbecoming shade of brown. I guess it wasn’t a day for pretty, tranquil sea, with the turmoil going on around us, culminating with the announcement of another National lockdown from midnight.
The tide was definitely coming in when I took the picture. One second the jetty was clear; the next I had to run back to shore to stop my feet from getting soaked. So maybe it is an apt image for today in spite of its serenity. It reminds us that the tide may come in but it will always go out again, without fail. And so too will this time of such sadness, loneliness and self-sacrifice eventually, pass. Until then we just have to stay at home and keep our feet dry.
This image is part of my ‘Daily Print’ series and is purchasable here