Roy Hammans (https://real-photographs.co.uk/author/roy_h/) shares my love of Shingle Street and has sent very kind comments on my book.
Love the book, thank you for sending it.
Although familiar with the location of course, it brought a whole new dimension to it for me. So much research has gone into it, I learnt so much! The diary approach worked very well, recording far more visits than I have made and really extending the narrative. Knowing how much in your life changed over the period covered also gave it added resonance. I really enjoy your writing style, very evocative and certainly deserving of a wider audience.
The photographs, as ever, are excellent, in fact I had already downloaded one from your blog ‘Percolation lagoon, October 2020’ so that I could make a print for myself. That image alone is a perfect record of the ever-changing site, much better than anything I’ve produced! I’m almost reluctant to revisit the place now – you’ve covered everything so well.
It did prompt me to revisit the photographs I’ve made there. Many are colour digital that I’ve never really done anything with. But out of all the pristine views of what was a glorious sunrise in August 2019 one stood out after reading your book. I’d never even looked at it before as it was marked for deletion, the tripod head having slipped during a long exposure. But looking at it now, it seems to capture the elusive mutability of the whole place. I shall, of course, return to Shingle Street.
It is indeed a special place.