Woke up to a beautiful morning and had a few hours to shoot, so I decided to step out with my camera and wander round the neighbourhood. In summer, it really feels like being on holiday here on the Riverbank of Shoreham and the quirkiness of the houseboats provided more sights than I could capture. River on one side and beach on the other, the people here have managed to create and preserve a wonderful space full of flora and fauna (I even saw a tiger ;) as well as a tight and relaxed community.
If you go to South East-Asia, make sure you stop by the island of Bali. Last April I had the chance to spend some holidays there with my wife and our two children. The majority of people there are Hindus and their religion is an essential part of their lives. Material poverty is visible but the richness of the culture and traditions brings about a palpable sense of community and engagement which has become too rare in our over consumerist bubble. Of course, the daily reality must be somewhat different to my romanticized experience...but Balenese people are proud of their island and want to keep it as far away from the noise and pollution of the Indonesian capital Jakarta. I have a space in my brain where I'll remember the warmth, colourfulness and inhibited friendliness of the few locals I met there.
So, since having 2 children in the last 4 years, I hadn't had much time to just go out by myself and enjoy the day taking pictures in Brighton without having to rush around. Last week, I did just that; walking around the streets and the seafront and taking full advantage of the hot summer day to capture a few images with my analogue camera.