A Ceaseless Seaside Sunset

Sunsets are beautiful, aren’t they?

In this DS106 assignment, A Sunset, one was supposed to “Take a picture of a beautiful sunset. Nothing fancy, just a nice picture”.

But are pictures ever that simple?

The photo you see above was taken in Japan in Yokohama (I think that’s where I was). I remember the day’s events vividly as I walked with my friend down the beach. She, too, was taking pictures of the sea (or whatever this large body of water was), while walking down the beach getting her feet wet in the tide. I remember a little boy ran around her and fell forward in the oncoming tide. Quite unlucky, I thought, as it was rather windy, and the temperature was dropping as night fell. He seemed to rebound quickly, as I remember, for he soon ran back into his mother’s arms after his somewhat tragic fall.

I remember as the tide swept in and cleared all the footprints away, I saw a figure further down the coast staring into the setting sun. I felt at the time that this was quite a symbolic pose, and I was compelled to take this picture. While the setting sun is beautiful, the anonymous person to the right, perhaps the most central part of this picture, is what makes this picture special. The feeling of looking to the horizon, not sure if there really is an end to the vast sea before you, is what I wanted to convey, among other things.

Lastly, I’d like to say that I hope you enjoyed viewing this quaint photo of the sea as much as I have enjoyed taking it. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.



8 responses to “A Ceaseless Seaside Sunset

    • Ah, yeah. Sorry about that. I don’t know what the heck happened. I suddenly found 23 of the same posts on my blog and had deleted 22 of them. I have no idea why that happened, but my computer did freeze when it was sending, so I am assuming that had something to do with it. Sorry you got hit with so much mail, but if it’s any consolation, I’m sure everyone else did, too.

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  2. Oh this is really lovely; your photo captures the moment so nicely. And I agree, sometimes a photo is quite as simple as /just/ a photo, so I really enjoyed reading your story behind it. It gives even more meaning to it 🙂

  3. I wasn’t bothered by the email as I’m just subscribed through the Google Reader – though there were 23 entries for this blog post as well.

    I love the picture and the story you told with it. The anonymous character looking toward the sea gives the photo a bit of drama or mystery. But for me, my eye is most drawn to the rock formation behind and to the right of the person. It looks like an island fortress.

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