Getting close up to really see

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Why take close up photos of fishing nets and chains drying on Teignmouth dock?

I find objects can appear really different in close-up photos. Every day things might seem different when you zoom in. The patterns they create in a camera’s viewfinder might go unnoticed or seem unremarkable otherwise.  The surface becomes more alive and intricate the closer you get. The abstract nature of the forms and textures that are framed in a camera’s lens at that distance really appeals to me.

Teignmouth harbour and dockside proved a great place to take some close-up photos of fishing nets, lobster pots and rusty chains encrusted with barnacles. I zoomed in with the camera to see the patterns that the multi-coloured twisted nets and ropes made drying in the sun.

I didn’t notice the barnacles on the chains to start with. It was only after getting really close I saw the way they have wrapped themselves around the large chain links. The sunshine highlighted the range of colours which the rust has created on the chains, some a really bright orange/red and others, less rusty, a more muted red/brown.

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