Several fishing boats were hauled up to the top of the shingle below the promenade when I visited Chesil Cove, Portland, Dorset. Some of the fishermen had spread nets over the pebbles to dry. I was really taken by the contrasting colours of the nets and ropes over the flint and chert pebbles. I just had to photograph the patterns in the nets and ropes, and the patterns that they themselves traced on the beach. Here are a few pictures for you to look at.
The nets were spread out across the pebbles with a backdrop of the famous Chesil Beach. The shadows across the shingle from the clouds overhead threw into relief the naturally formed terraces of the shingle bank. You can just about see in the distance the small black dots of sea-anglers and walkers on the different levels of the terraces.
The fine nylon filaments of the nets themselves were pale blue.
The ropes to which the nets were attached were a woven pattern of green and black.
Revision of a post first published 25 May 2009
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