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Posted on September 2, 2015 by Andy Thorpe under Places, Things
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032 Tenby Sea Wall and Boats

The connection is sea-going vessels moored in a harbour. This scene in Tenby might however be considered as being more photogenic than the previous photo from Toronto. I think it might have a similar vintage (early noughties) although it’s sometimes difficult to date black and white photos because they can “hide” age-revealing colourful elements. Also, it was originated on film so I don’t have any “metadata” to rely on (and my filing system is rubbish).  If I had no idea at all of the capture date, I suppose the motor-boat and “Danger” sign would suggest it was taken in the last 30 or 40 years!

There’s not much to say about this image.  It works in monochrome because of the white boats contrasting against the beach etc.  Presumably the receding water in the harbour must’ve been very calm to enable the boats to sit on the beach in a perfect arc that reflects that of the sea wall. This is also due to the length of mooring rope for each boat.  Is there a by-law stating a minimum or maximum length of rope for mooring?

Why “Carbon Dating”?  Well, as I said above, I don’t know exactly when the photo was taken, but there’s a sort of double meaning to the phrase that crossed my mind .  It would be interesting to know how much of a rise in the general sea-level, due to climate change caused by carbon dioxide emissions, would prevent the boats from being able to rest on this beach.  Also, according to climate change theory, how soon could this happen?

There, I’ve managed to do my usual thing with this photo connection series and attach a controversial element to an otherwise, er, pleasant and innocent scene.

As for the next connection, there’s a choice between sea defences, beach, danger signs, monochrome, rope…..er?

(Oh by the way, it’s happened again, as with some earlier connection photos from Bruges, Birmingham and Barcelona the placename starts with the same letter!  This was unintentional.)

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