One last image from my shoot down at the Newcastle Ocean Baths. Once again, a very textural shot. With the bath being empty, I was really intrigued by this grated inlet. I loved the reflection and all the texture & colour in the concrete. You can even see oyster shells behind the grate, very cool.
The rusty colours and texture of the chain fence around the ocean pool are great. Even better against a blue ocean & sky!
With the baths being empty, it was an opportunity to capture some details which are usually immersed. These steps are full of untold stories, worn from use and discoloured from constant salt water. I love the colour & texture, the reflection is a bonus.
Once a week the ocean baths are drained and cleaned. I must have picked that day! All was not lost though, I just got to shoot from a different angle!
I was looking out to the ocean along this wall when I noticed the pattern on the edge of the concrete. It intrigued me, it looked like a sandy wave of stone, but when I felt it, it was actually soft and furry. I guess it is a mossy seaweed of some kind. Put that next to the textured concrete edge, all the different colours and a background of ocean, I thought it worth capturing!
This door to the pump house at the ocean baths just screams “No Entry” to me. Maybe it’s the rust….
I have seen the pump house at the ocean baths completely engulfed by the sea with waves crashing over it, so I was excited that the morning I chose to shoot sunrise it was low tide! I was able to choose exactly the angle and distance I wanted to shoot from, rather than being limited by the ocean! I love the feeling of solitude it conveys.
As the sun rose the tide was on its way in, and the ocean pool was slowly being filled by nature. The reflections in the pool were simply amazing.
I love the colour scheme of the Ocean Baths, and the scheme is continued out here on the bluey-green concrete steps that run along one side of the pool. The lines of the step lead you right around to the rest of the detail in the photo. Standing there was so quiet & relaxing with the ocean the only sound reaching my ears.