Iron Man of Crosby

Iron Man Crosby sunset

Although I am a wedding photographer by trade, I do enjoy other aspects of photography in my somewhat scarce spare time. I tend not to worry too much about the in-depth technical aspects of photography when I am taking photos for pleasure, and I certainly don’t go to the lengths of carrying a tripod with me in order to set up the perfect landscape shot.

The photo above was taken some years ago now, on a trip to Crosby beach to have a look at Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ (a series of cast iron figures which are revealed, and then submerged by the sea as the tides ebb and flow. It wasn’t a pure coincidence that I arrived just before sunset as I knew that there might be a good opportunity to take a nice pic during ‘The Golden Hour’ just before and just after sunset.

This is one of my favourite photographs; not because it is technically brilliant or perfectly composed, but just because it serves as a reminder of a pleasant evening strolling along the beach, feeling relaxed and just enjoying a beautiful sunset in Spring. Really this is what photography is all about – providing visual reminders of good times past.

Another Place is is made up of 100 cast iron figures situated across an area of sandy beach over 3km long (approx 2 miles). The Another Place figures – each weighing 650 kilos – are made from casts of the artist’s (Antony Gormley) own body and are shown at different stages of rising out of the sand, all of them looking out to sea, staring at the horizon in ‘silent expectation.’

Antony Gormley describes the installation as a poetic response to the individual and universal sentiments associated with emigration – sadness at leaving, but the hope of a new future in Another Place. In November 2006, the statues were expected to move to New York but it was later decided that they would remain on Crosby beach on a permanent basis..