Get your cameras out and enjoy the weather
I read a book some years ago, I was probably in my early twenties and going through a Solzhenitsyn phase, the book was entitled “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” it wasn’t a large book, perhaps less than 150 pages. However it was detailed, full of thought about life, it’s pleasures and complaints, deprivations, and food, in fact a minute by minute chronology of one man’s life during a 24 hour period in a Soviet labour Camp. It was hard not to come to the conclusion that Denisovich was the architect of his own future, it would either be non existent or bright and full of hope.
Which in many ways relates to how we came to view both of our sea front parks in South Shields some four or five years ago. Indeed some people were questioning their relevance in our modern high paced lifestyles, but we all need an oasis of calm, we need to breath fresh air, we need to exercise in an environment changed from the norm. These values and instincts were recognised by our ancestors when they made our parks and open spaces available for public enjoyment.
Now that we can say with almost certainty that spring has arrived it is a good opportunity to get down to the South or the North Marine Parks NOW, yes before lunch and take your camera with you!
You never know, YOUR pictures may end up being exhibited at The Customs House in September, your pictures can be submitted as prints, on a CD, or attached to an email, but you only have until Tuesday 6th. April to get them in.
I think it’s an excellent way to increase the public’s engagement with our sea front parks and in today’s conditions you could happily snap away for hours, I fired off over one hundred shots yesterday and I’m off now to get some more – so watch out for me down there!