I took these shots in North Wales last week. I like how the water looks like snow.
How enormous is that castle on the left of the picture? I took the photo on Rhyl beach. I used to go to Rhyl all the time when I was a kid and I remember it being really nice. I used to make sand castles back then in the good old days. When I go there now I see a faded, shabby, broken-down town. It’s heart-breaking really. A lot of these coastal seaside towns have struggled since the growth of affordable air travel in the seventies. Why go to crap town in Britain for your holiday and get rained on when you can go to a crap town in Spain and get sunburnt? I was also distraught to see that Rhyl Sun Centre had closed down. This was a big, beach themed swimming pool that I went to so many times as a boy. There’s something really poignant about abandoned leisure attractions. Maybe I’m just looking at the place through a haze of nostalgia because back then I was a nipper with no worries or responsibilities as opposed to now when I have a job, a house, a car, and plenty of bills. I’m a bit of a sucker for nostalgia even nostalgia isn’t as good as it used to be. Still had a nice day on the beach though and it didn’t rain once. Thanks to Alice, I even got to make sand castles like a I did in the good old days.
I was in this place for such a short time and yet every photo was a dream. North Wales and Anglesey are such beautiful places that it would be hard to take bad photos there. These are literally the first four off my roll of about sixty shots. Don’t worry, I won’t post them all. Visiting places like this force you to stop and remember that we live on a planet of incredible beauty and yet we rarely notice it.
It’s weird how sometimes when you take photos you capture the atmosphere of the scene better by focusing on something that wasn’t the centre of attention at the time. The shots I took of this band recital at Llandudno where I focused on the band were boring and ordinary but the ones where I honed in on the empty deckchairs caught the seaside end-of-season eeriness better.