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Filename: aa082550.jpg

Size: 4377 x 4315 (6.5MB)

Date: 21st January 2009

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Photographer

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Aldeburgh Beach, Suffolk a082550

ALDEBURGH BEACH, Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Fisherman tipping a wicker basket at the seas edge with gulls wheeling overhead and a sea mark in the foreground. Photographed by John Gay in 1977

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> The way we were > Leisure > Seaside > On the beach


EDITORS COMMENTS
Aldeburgh Beach, Aldeburgh, Suffolk: A Timeless Maritime Scene by John Gay (1977) This evocative photograph captures the essence of Aldeburgh Beach in Suffolk, England, as it has been for generations. Taken by renowned photographer John Gay in 1977, the image portrays a fisherman at the water's edge, tipping the contents of a wicker basket into the sea. The silhouette of the figure, framed against the backdrop of the setting sun, adds a sense of drama and mystery to the scene. The gulls overhead, their wings outstretched, add a dynamic element to the composition, as they wheel and cry above the shoreline. The sea, with its frothy white waves and distinct sea mark, serves as a reminder of the power and ever-changing nature of the natural world. The image is a testament to the enduring relationship between the people of Aldeburgh and the sea. For centuries, the town's inhabitants have made their living from the sea, and this photograph captures a moment in time that speaks to the rhythms and traditions of a maritime community. John Gay's masterful use of light and shadow, as well as his keen eye for composition, make this photograph a timeless work of art. It invites us to reflect on the beauty and power of the natural world, and the resilience and determination of those who live and work by the sea.

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