The images here come from a short visit to Devon in spring 2010. Our eldest daughter was due to get married later in the year & despite considerable searching in shops locally, my wife had been unable to find " the" fascinator to go with her outfit. Widening her search, both geographically & by method, she came across a lady living near Paignton who made to order & so emerged an early spring break to the county for the initial consultation & design. The piece was subsequently created & couriered up to us, and on the day fitted the bill perfectly. Since photography wasn't the primary purpose of the trip, there was limited time to engage. It was also fairly early in my re-engagement with photography too. Nevertheless, I was pleased with my haul from the few days. Here is just a taste of this beautiful county which we shall no doubt, someday post COVID return to.
The first image is a typical example of the wide open expanse of beach you can find in this part of our country. This one is just on the outskirts of Paignton. The second image, a little further along the coast portrays a much rockier coastline. Taken towards the western edge of Torbay, you get a real feel for both it's magnitude and perhaps the tail-end of the Jurassic coastline more readily associated with the eastern neighbouring county of Dorset.
The next three images were shot in and around Brixham harbour. Aside from being a quaint tourist location, the town is well known for it's commercial fishing where the type of marine vessel in the harbour & the abundant equipment piled high on quaysides underline this prominent activity. Many of the houses leading off up the hill from the quayside are painted in the whole range of pastel colours, interspersed with white rendered ones.
The seventh image, taken from the pier, shows Paignton promenade by night. I'd relatively recently acquired my first tripod & had been keen to use it to access longer exposure photography such as this ( taken around 10 p.m.)
The final two images of the glass-blower are indicative of the many cottage industries & craft businesses that can be found in the county. Absolutely fascinating to watch this craftsman turn a blob of molten glass into a fine piece!