Sea Fog (fret) & Street Photography

What a fabulous stroke of luck I had earlier this week, after an early morning planning exhibitions and spaces with a talented friend in Blackpool I thought would wander down to the prom and try to capture some street photography, families enjoying the first warm days of spring and the last few days of half term holidays. It was quite a warm early afternoon  and as I got closer to the coast I noticed a thick sea fog or fret encroaching the piers, lower walk, promenade and scarily even the tower.

Relishing in this magical light and already thinking of the settings in my camera I rushed down to north pier crouched down very very low,much to the surprise of people passing, and took a few shots…


After struggling to my feet and I can  assure readers it’s easy getting down on the floor but very difficult getting back up… I set off at a pace to the sun-lounge located at the very end of the pier, having an idea for an image already in mind I quickly opened doors I probably shouldn’t have opened and stepped onto the wooden boards usually only reserved for fisherman and sensible people with life insurance!  There it was, my favorite pier, the best iron legs in the UK standing in the high tide with the mist gently enveloping the entrance…..and I got my shot.


Quickly stepping back to safety before security saw me I hurried back along the pier taking random not very good shots of solitary deck chairs and empty benches but I knew where I was going…my destination was the lower walk or the steps of the lower prom.


The fret was bright and white and the afternoon was turning out quite warm, I made my way towards central pier where the tide was already going out and the donkeys were being led down to the excited children. This was going to turn out to be a very productive day and I knew it…crouching low on the steps and pointing my camera at small groups and families I noticed that subjects further from my camera seemed not only smaller but also with less contrast.  This was all new to me but just had that feeling that it was going to work and with camera set at f/8 I took about 150 shots of central pier and people on the beach.


I usually try to find something to make me smile when am out wandering around searching for that famous ‘decisive moment’ and this young father with his daughters and his perfectly placed umbrella added that touch of humor to the day.



Published by dmanderphoto

Dawn Mander, a Blackpool-based self taught photographer, exhibited worldwide,notably USA, Australia, Canada, Hamburg, Moscow Italy and U.K. and published internationally both in print and online. Dawn runs street photography walks in her hometown of Blackpool and gives talks at local colleges, schools and photography groups. In 2018 Dawn was nominated for the RPS Hundred Heroines campaign celebrating women in photography and in 2019 exhibited with over 80 female photographers in the RPS 'Representation on the Line:(Un)framing our Identities' held in Chelsea, Doncaster and Blackpool. For the latter she also executed the roles of organiser and co-curator. Dawn continues to work on her #DocumentingBlackpool & #PortraitofBlackpool series and is currently creating and co-curating exhibitions and community art projects at HIVE Blackpool. 2021 - Format Mass Isolation Project. The Peoples Picture at Quad in Derby 2021 - Double Trouble Festival, Women in Street/ Unexposed Collective exhibition at Bondi Beach and Brisbane Australia. 2020/21 Large Scale Images printed and exhibited in the HIVEArts Blackpool Tramstop Takeover. 2020 - Rankin 2020 book contributor 2020 - Grundy Art Gallery Blackpool contributor fro #worktownghosttown online documentary series, exploring the effects of pandemic and Covid lockdown on Blackpool. 2019 - RPS Chelsea, Doncaster and Blackpool 2019 - Women in Street Double Trouble collective exhibition in San Fransisco USA. 2019 - Works shown at Millepiani collective exhibitions In Rome Italy. 2019 - Stills photographer for Farrena Films - The Other Side with Valerie Hope. 2019 - Promotional images shown at Grauman's Chinese Theatre Los Angeles, California USA 2019 - HotBed Press 20/20 print collective shown at Cube in Moscow. part of the Arrested ReDevelopment Collective Blackpool. 2019 - Publicity shots for Virgin Trains promoting travel to Blackpool. 2018 - exhibited and sold works at Manchester Art Fair. 2018 - Seaside Special Postcards from the Edge. Book Cover pub: BlueMoose Books 2018 - works exhibited at Hebden Bridge Art Fair 2015-2017. Local exhibitions in Blackpool: HIVE Blackpool, The Grundy Art Gallery, The Grand Theatre, It's A Gallery, Shaws, The Solaris Centre, The Galleon, Barista. Publications: 2020 - Rankin 2020 June 2015 - BLACK+WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine. July 2015 - BLACK+WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine. November 2016 - BLACK+WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine 2017 - The Guardian 2016 - The Guardian 2016 - Lancashire Life. 2015 - World Street Photography Book.

8 thoughts on “Sea Fog (fret) & Street Photography

      1. anytime Dawn..Prompted me to set up a wordpress site…already have my blogger site but i have a grand total of 9 followers haha…but wordpress confuses me…did you find some instructions or anything? I like the simple easy look of yours

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      2. still learning about this too Paul…but have been told there are howto videos on youtube..still I like the layouts, am sure there’s a lot more you can do on it than I do but will get there eventually. Its good!!


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