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Filename: aa079766.jpg

Size: 4340 x 4382 (4.7MB)

Date: 23rd September 2008

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Photographer

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Fisherman a079766

A man fishing on a shingle beach in Kent, with his fishing rod propped on a bare Christmas tree. Photographed by John Gay. Date range: 1965 - 1972

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Media ID 1272168

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Beach Christmas Coast Fishing Leisure People Recreation


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> Historic Images > 1960 to the present day

> Historic Images > Famed Photographers > John Gay Collection (1945-1990)

> Seasons > Seasons: Winter > Christmas


EDITORS COMMENTS
This print captures a serene moment on a shingle beach in Kent, where a lone fisherman finds solace amidst the rhythmic crashing of waves. Taken by renowned photographer John Gay between 1965 and 1972, this image encapsulates the essence of coastal recreation and leisure. In this picturesque scene, we see a man engrossed in his favorite pastime - fishing. With his fishing rod propped against an unexpected companion - a bare Christmas tree - he patiently waits for that elusive catch. The juxtaposition of the festive symbol against the tranquil seaside setting adds an intriguing touch to this composition. The timeless quality of this photograph transports us back to simpler times when people sought respite from their daily lives by immersing themselves in nature's embrace. It serves as a reminder that even during the holiday season, there are those who find joy in pursuing their passions along the coast. John Gay's keen eye for detail is evident here as he expertly captures not only the fisherman but also the vastness of the sea stretching out before him. The monochromatic tones enhance both texture and contrast, evoking a sense of nostalgia that resonates with viewers today. This remarkable piece from Historic England's collection showcases how photography can freeze moments in time, allowing us to appreciate our shared human experiences across generations.

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