Don’t look too hard

I have been pretty quiet on my blog, Twitter and Instagram for the last year. The main reason is I’ve been focusing on trying to start a new business in a field that has nothing to do with blogging or photography.

One of the things I’ve tried to do on a weekly basis is reflect on the past week. It’s a little activity I indulge in every Sunday night. Sometimes it’s a positive experience that helps me recognise how much progress I’ve made, other times it’s a negative experience when I consider the ongoing frustrations and setbacks that are part of any business startup.

The quote on the graffiti wall above spoke to me when I discovered it down a back street in Shoreditch, London. I snapped it on my iPhone, hoping it would trigger some thoughts.

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Don’t look too hard

Southport Rock

I live near Southport, a Victorian seaside town in Northwest England that is somewhat faded from how it was in its heyday. In fact, over the twenty years or so that I’ve lived in the area I have witnessed the steady decline of parts of the resort, in particular the Lord Street shopping area which now seems to have as many empty shops as occupied ones.

Southport looks particularly grim when out of season, as this photo of mine shows:

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Obviously things will perk up before the tourists arrive, but I love photographing these parts of the town in Winter and early Spring when they are quiet. This shot is from a documentary project about the seaside that I’m working on at the moment.

Southport Rock