This week’s Amateur Photographer magazine (27th August) has published my letter in response to Jeremy Walker’s Portland Bill location guide (AP 13th August).
The letter is shown above but in summary I wrote about the ever-changing landscape due to erosion and the effects of years of quarrying at Portland Bill and that it is a case of ‘get it while you can’.
I remember an image by David Noton where there was a clear view through the ‘arch’ at Pulpit Rock and when I asked him about it he told me the photo was taken around 20 years ago when it was possible to stand at least 30 feet or so further west on the photographer’s platform. This shelf at White Hole (or Whitehall Quarry) has long since been claimed by the sea.
The following image was made during a workshop on Tuesday 23rd August 2016 from the furthest point at which it is now possible to stand on the top shelf, even on a calm day it is still possible to get a soaking here from a rogue wave. If you would like to join me on one of my Portland Bill Summer evening workshop courses you can find full details here. I still have a few dates available over the next couple of weeks.
I was a regular contributor to Amateur Photographer in the 1990s as the ‘Contax Insider’ when I worked at Kyocera Yashica providing snippets about new products and technical information. I’m pleased that the weekly magazine has survived into the digital age and provides a wealth of useful features for both the beginner and the more experienced photographer.