Aberdeen Beach Groyne

Like many others, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time at home over the past six months. And whilst stores and activities are starting to reopen, there’s still a very long way to go before we reach normality. In fact, I hear that “this is the new normal”, time and time again. I respectfully disagree. I realise that things will be different for some time to come. However, I remain hopeful that we’ll return to the old normal in the future.

I’ve really missed the Great Outdoors – the fresh air, the colours, the sounds and the people, and so I took a short trip to the beach today: my first time since lockdown. I’d made a conscious decision to capture at least one view whilst there.

I’ve visited, and photographed, Aberdeen’s beach front many times in the past, and so I didn’t expect to see anything new or exciting on this occasion.

Perhaps it was as a result of experiencing a visual detox during the quarantine, but I spotted a lovely scene whilst viewing one of the groynes (near to the Beach Ballroom), that I’d never considered before, comprising three horizontal stripes: the land, the sea, and the sky. I decided to capture it as a long exposure in order to tame the clouds and sea.

The resulting image feels calming to me, and I’m very pleased with it. I might even consider printing it at some point.

I see the sea!

Ode of Remembrance

Cowdray Hall, Aberdeen

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.

“For the Fallen” – Laurence Binyon (1914)

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Aberdeen

Mid-century Modern?

Situated at the busy intersection of North Anderson Drive and Lang Stracht (Long Straight), the church rests upon one of the high points within the city, and has probably been passed by most people who have visited the city on account of the arterial nature of Anderson Drive.

The building was constructed and dedicated in the 1960s and was the first purpose-built LDS church in Aberdeen. The walls are of red brick, regularly punctuated with white windows. The pitched roof was tiled in the 1990s; prior to this it was constructed of copper.

I understand that the church was designed in Salt Lake City. Given the period, this would explain the mid-century modern feel to the exterior.

The building is somewhat hidden behind a larger residential building to the south, and some trees to the north, and so it would be easily missed upon approach were it not for the tall spire.

The spire, which slices-through the large front porch, ensures that the building is clearly identified as a place of worship. A moderately-sized plaque on the front wall is all that indicates that this is an LDS church.

I have been fascinated by this building for many years: since I was a child in fact. I particularly relish the colour palette and textures of the building within its surroundings: the green, red, blue and white, the brick, concrete and stone.