I returned to Crosby beach in April 2021 to take this series of sunset photos. I wanted to use the sculptures to provide a perspective and to provide a subject for their seaward gaze – as if looking for someone awaited or departing.
As the Sun slowly sank into the sea, the reflections of the sculpture and of the cloud in the sunset colours provided magic.
The ripples in the wet-sand cast interesting shadows and the Iron Men and wind-farm towers out in the estuary broke up the monotony of the horizon.
Just before the Sun disappeared, the Iron Man’s silhouette and reflection in the pool.as he looked out towards his fellow being in the distance. suggested, to me, deep loneliness – perhaps regret at their forced separation.
As I stood close to the steps leading from the beach, before I left for the night, I noticed the marker stood like a guide back to land for the figures in the distance.
Back on the pavement near the Coastguard Station, I noticed a light on the horizon near to where the Sun had set. It wasn’t the Sun, but neither I, nor the photographer stood near me doing a time-lapse, could think what it might be.