Hidden Places Around Portsmouth: Seize the Infinite Blue

Local resident and photographer John Callaway gives us a glimpse into Portsmouth’s hidden places with his stunning photography. This week, John is meditating on the colour blue as he heads down to the coast near Milton Locks.

Everywhere the sky. As above, so below, reflected in the small pools of sea water left by the tide as it retreats from the strand line.

The eastern side of Portsea Island, particularly towards Milton Locks, is somewhere that I never tire of. Always the same, yet always different, the coastal defences might suggest permanence, but the rock strewn shoreline, slowly shifting mud and sand, and partially rotted wooden structures suggest otherwise.

Milton Locks… [Image © John Callaway 2020]
Although the choice of how these photographs are composed and cropped is entirely mine, stripping away all of the colours other than blue appears to emphasise how much is ‘out there’ which remains unknown…

Towards the Langstone Harbour entrance… [Image © John Callaway 2020]
Let’s not lose sight of the fact that the recent lockdown has given the environment an opportunity to breathe.

Other blues are available… 🙂

(i) Blue:

(ii) Blue Remembered Hills

(iii) IKB 79

(iv) Kind Of Blue

(v) Sky Blue

This article was originally published on John Callaway’s website, Ideas & images from Portsmouth and beyond. You can read more of John’s writing on his website and also see his live music photography.

Images by John Callaway.

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