This was taken in the summer of 2010 from the fourth floor of my Dad's seafront property in the town of Margate in England (postal code CT9 1UN to be precise). There he has a workshop where he used to manufacture dresses and skirts to sell in the shop on the ground floor. He stopped the practice some years ago when making clothing in-house was simply not economically viable in this era of mass-produced imports from around the globe. Whilst the workshop is now unused, the wonderful views over the gardens, beach and marina remain, and there is a lovely light in there as the sun sets over the sea.
The photo was taken during a 30-day photo challenge; for one month I took a photo every single day despite whatever else I was doing, or the weather. And by taking one photo a day, I mean I tried to take one meaningful and semi-decent photo a day, rather than a pointless snapshot. It's a challenge that is really quite difficult, but very rewarding and educational. More than anything, I found it really made me look—and I mean to really look, properly, at the world with a surprising intensity. It's fantastic the things you notice when you really look. Anyway, it's a challenge I'd heartily recommend to anyone practising photography. Before you can take a decent image, you must be able to look and see the world around you. Properly.
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Dan Horton-Szar: "A lovely and subtle photograph. I live less than twenty miles from Margate, in the city of Canterbury. In fact I recall recently photographing the lighthouse visible through the window in the shot above.
"I agree heartily with the idea of challenging yourself to take at least one meaningful photograph every day. The reason for this comment is to recommend Blipfoto.com, an online community based in Edinburgh which is designed for exactly this purpose. You are allowed to post just one picture per day and it has to be taken on that day. I'm up to day 150 so far, and it has done wonders for my photography. Nice bunch of people populate the site too. I've no vested interest in this, just that it's been a very good experience for me and thought it might interest other TOP readers."