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    Posted: 20 November 2018 at 23:14
The following images depict the pier at Clacton-on-Sea, a seaside resort in the United Kingdom, and its immediate vicinity (amusement district). There will be more on Clacton, Frinton and Jaywick.

#1 On the pier



#2 On the pier



#3 On the pier



#4 View from the promenade - blue hour



#5 Entering the amusement district



#6 Amusements guaranteed



#7 Pavilion Bowl



#8 The sea - view from the promenade



#9 The pier in the early morning sun


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 November 2018 at 02:23
Harald,
A very fine photo essay of this iconic landmark, looking colourful, but also having seen better days.
My favourite amongst many is #4.
Looking forward to more from your recent travels.
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Really nice Harald. #8 is very captivating.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 November 2018 at 08:38
Harald, imagine my surprise at seeing a post about Clacton, with Frinton and Jaywick to follow. Clacton was my home town in the 50s and 60s and I was born in a tiny bungalow in Glebe Way, Jaywick Sands village over 70 years ago.

Jaywick keeps appearing in the media as the most deprived area in the UK, but in fact they really refer to Brooklands which was a post war cheap holiday destination for Londoners.

My father owned and ran several stalls on Clacton Pier as well as the bakery in Jaywick, which thrived during my growing up years, before cheap flight holidays abroad.

Apart from my parents funerals I havenít been back to Clacton in 50 years, until your post that is.

Thank you for sharing and I look forward to your next posts on the topic. Anyone who can make Clacton look attractive in a photograph has to be an outstanding photographer.

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Hi Harald,

Well, sometimes it takes someone completely removed from a location to make the most of it in their images and you certainly appear to have done that here.

I think the portrayal of a seaside destination 'on it's uppers' to use an English phrase is very well handled; you show us both the bright lights and the not-so bright lights of decay that has become so common in these places in the UK over the last 15 - 20 years or so. Many are now trying to reverse that - Margate and Ilfracombe are two that come immediately to mind by bringing in the Artists etc. - but there is clearly a long way to go still.

Of the images, the contrast in these couldn't be stronger; #1 shows us what the visitor 'sees' - the bright lights and the enticing adverts to go and spend hard earned money; whilst the inclusion of much of the woodwork and the behind the scenes aspect of #'s 2 and 3 perhaps show us a truer picture of life and living on the Pier.

#4 - what a great shot and the contrast of the deepening twilight and the bright lights and colours of the Helter Skelter is just what the scene is looking for - and good that you chose this time and not the darker night-time to take this as I think the added detail in the surrounding area makes for a rather lovely canvass.

For the Amusement shots, I think you've managed to capture the bright lights and contrasts really well - and, especially, during their 'busy period' by the looks of it!

Finally, #8 is a shot of payers, pure and simple yet so effective, whilst #9 has the appearance of being a twilight shot even though it's early morning; must be the latter as there appears to be a hardy morning bather in the sea as well!

I'm also looking forward to seeing the continuing 'series' from the British seaside as well. Thanks for sharing and best regards, Neil.
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Thank you for the kind comments!

Hi Brian!
Unfortunately I didn't make it to Brooklands (and the third Martello tower, counting up from Clacton). But it was kind of a contrast having visited Frinton-on-Sea and Oliver Hill's Frinton Park Estate the day before.

I took the promenade to the parking lot/post office to head back to Clacton taking the Broadway. I have no photo of the Glebe Way, but I think I have several images of the Sea Glebe Way - that short connection between Broadway and Promenade. You tell me if I am right:

#10 Jaywick - Sea Glebe Way?


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Will you also be including Walton on the Naze?

Frinton is a funny old place it was once considered so upmarket that it kept out the riff raff by way of a charter preventing any public houses.

That bastion fell in 2000 with the opening of teh twon's first ever pub the Lock and Barrel.

There's an article about it from the time here. https://www.theguardian.com/g2/story/0,3604,368560,00.html

Think its tsill the only pub there although some near Walton do have a Frinton postal address
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 November 2018 at 10:57
The Frinton Park Estate is already on the border to Walton-on-the-Naze, but I didn't move further. I am not sure whether the Walton Pier would have been an attractive photo opportunity.

Thank you for the link to the article in the Guardian. I can only support its message: a very clean town (although a fine of GBP 500 for walking your dog on the beach seems to be a bit high). The High Street is a nice and tidy thing - compared to Clacton's High Street. I was warned, though, as I am an Agatha Christie fan: Hercule Poirot sent his secretary to Frinton for vacation!

And BTW: Frinton even has a nice photography store!
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Originally posted by waldo_posth waldo_posth wrote:

Thank you for the kind comments!

Hi Brian!
Unfortunately I didn't make it to Brooklands (and the third Martello tower, counting up from Clacton). But it was kind of a contrast having visited Frinton-on-Sea and Oliver Hill's Frinton Park Estate the day before.

I took the promenade to the parking lot/post office to head back to Clacton taking the Broadway. I have no photo of the Glebe Way, but I think I have several images of the Sea Glebe Way - that short connection between Broadway and Promenade. You tell me if I am right:


Yes, right you are. The Broadway runs parallel to the sea the entire length of Jaywick. All the roads named after garden plants and flowers (Lavender, Rosemary, Willow etc) run North/South from Meadow Way to Broadway and the much shorter roads between Broadway and the promenade have the prefix "Sea". So Sea Glebe Way was virtually opposite Glebe Way.

In my mid teens in the early 1960s I used to go to Clacton town hall on Saturdays to see all the live pop groups of the time; Hollies, Searchers, Lulu and the Luvvers, Freddie and the Dreamers. Several pirate radio ships were anchored off the Clacton/Frinton stretch of coast and, as a member of Clacton Sailing Club we used to regularly sail out to them, particularly Caroline and Radio London (Big L), tie-up alongside and spend hours in the studios watching the DJs of the era broadcast their shows; Tony Blackburn, Robbie Dale, Kenny Everett, Johnnie Walker et al. Fantastic times. Then I joined the Army, travelled the world and never went back.

In fact I have lived in Germany during the 70s and 80s for longer than I lived in Clacton.

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A very enjoyable set.

#1 Captures the colours and hints at the energy that the pier is intended to have or would once have had.

#2 & 3 I guess give a truer reflection of how things really are now.

#4 I love the light in this one, though for personal taste I think a little more space at the top and a little less at the foot of the picture might be nice, but that is being picky.

#5,6 & 7 captures the evening lights really well. I'm guessing it wasn't very busy as you appear to have stood in the middle of the road to take #5

I love the sublte light in #8 & #9


Great to have the personal insights from Brian too, thanks for sharing gents.

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Great set Harald, well captured AND processed
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I love #1! It's the colors and the way the boardwalk seems to go on to infinity.
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A wild ride Harald
Start out in what is perceived a dramatic departure, traverse various different moods and end up back in a comfort zone and the mood you do. Although you are excellent in All.
I of course am drawn to #8. I have no idea what Clacton on the Sea is our where, but your top photo has, for me a
New York Coney Island feel to it. I also recognize some Fishermans Wharf and Monterey Cannery in some of your following. Excellent set again.
I really admire your use of all these different cameras and different set ups. I wish I had those talents

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Originally posted by bonneville bonneville wrote:

[QUOTE=waldo_posth] Thank you for the kind comments!


In my mid teens in the early 1960s I used to go to Clacton town hall on Saturdays to see all the live pop groups of the time; Hollies, Searchers, Lulu and the Luvvers, Freddie and the Dreamers

Brian

bonneville; did you know what a big deal those bands would eventually be. Not exactly "Hardcore" but perfect for their time_____So where was Herman's Hermits? ha ha

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