‘Look Before You Leap’
By Order of
Galway City Council

Swimming in the open sea is an Irish tradition and they clearly relish this encounter with the primal element. On a windswept coast in Galway, precariously balanced on top of a diving platform, I found myself taking photographs. Apparently, people of all ages fearlessly jump off here into the waves far below. I spoke to a very friendly local man in his 40’s who told me that only two years ago he had broken ‘his fecking neck’ jumping off the platform. He seemed to have made a full recovery from the accident. Indeed, this was clearly a significant achievement in his life and a moment of considerable personal pride. I could only agree, mission accomplished… I was ‘fecking’ impressed.

Tidal

 

This photograph was taken on a late Summer evening at¬†Jenny Brown’s point, near the village of Silverdale on the Lancashire coast.¬†Lancashire has some lovely unspoilt shoreline that provides scenic beauty, historic interest and a wealth of wildlife.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D2

Lens: 70 200mm f4L

 

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