To answer your questions, yes the rocks really were that colour, no I didn’t change anything in Photoshop, and yes, I did take this whilst standing topless in the sea in the rain.
After years of experience I made two absolutely schoolboy errors: firstly, I assumed that my rainproof coat was in the boot without checking – it wasn’t – and secondly, I believed the weatherman when he said it wasn’t going to rain.
Two unforgivable mistakes for an experienced photographer, so when the rain started to fall I had nothing to cover my beautiful and not particularly water-proof equipment with other than the shirt off my back. Literally. There was no way in hell I was going to miss this opportunity, so in yet another example of suffering for my art, this photo was taken shirtless in the rain! Not a pretty sight, not a pretty sight at all!
This was an important shot for me though after a pretty quiet year on the photography front, as life started to take over as it must do from time to time. It’s easy to let your mind get the better of you and start worrying that maybe you’ve taken your last decent photograph, or that you’re just not that into it anymore.
However, any such fears were quickly blown out the water as I left the beach feeling very pumped and excited, if a little damp.
Part of the Hengistbury Head, Mudeford and Barton collection.