I’ve never really grown up.
Sixty years ago I was eight, and a whizz on roller skates. Just recently – and lockdown is my excuse – I treated myself to a snazzy pair of roller boots with flashing lights on the wheels. I thought it was like riding a bike: once you got back on it would all come flooding back and I’d be off down the prom, waving confidently to passersby. It didn’t happen like that. But that’s another story. I only mention the roller boots to explain why I was loitering on the prom late one afternoon while my granddaughter showed me how to do it. As I glanced down I spotted a rider on a horse, galloping through the pools of water. I was mesmerised. The light was perfect and the horse and rider looked magnificent. Luckily, I had my ‘good’ camera to capture my granddaughter’s moves. Very quickly I pointed it away from her wheels and towards the horse’s splashing hooves.
There was a sequel to this as I posted some pictures on Facebook, and the horse and rider were very quickly identified. I got into conversation with Jade and offered her the digital images. She told me I was welcome to come and photograph any time. Which is how I found myself down on the sand a few days ago, shooting the beautiful Eddie on his daily exercise. I’ve never been a pet person – we only ever had mice and guinea pigs when I was younger, and my children were the same, so I’ve always been slightly daunted by large animals. Eddie was so majestic, and Jade so lovely that I soon relaxed into taking the shots. Next time, to make up for the lack of roller skating pictures, I’m taking my granddaughter with me.
I love the way the sea and the beach are so many things to so many people. Picnics, sandcastles and paddling for families; meeting place for teens; huge swimming pool for intrepid swimmers; wide space for lively dogs and their walkers; and for Eddie and his rider, Jade, an endless exercise yard.
“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach—waiting for a gift from the sea.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh, from A Gift from the Sea.
Welcome to our #coasttocoastphotoloop. We are a group of photographers from around the world, from timezones as far flung as Australia to Canada and in between, each with a different seascape. Coast to Coast aims to document our changing sea views and perspectives – both literal and philosophical – of what the sea means to us, month to month through the changing seasons.
To follow the loop go to https: https://rachelrimellphotography.co.uk/2021/03/31/coast-to-coast-march-return-to-the-sea-london-artist-photographer/?fbclid=IwAR0ioEFl9tl9nHpe2Gr5OwMMOVv9eQaLWsakFEmvWE2DNNdHKgcAafWf97o