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Otherworldly B&W Photographs of a Beach in Wales

Poppit-Sands-Beach-Wales michael Jackson photography

“Every working day is spent experimenting, fiddling, mixing chemicals and going for something new,” said Michael Jackson.

For the past 5 years, Jackson has been creating a body of work titled ‘Other Small Worlds’ based on visiting and recording a single beach in South Wales – Poppit Sands. “My work on Poppit Sands beach has changed over the years. I find that I am seeing things now that eluded me before and what was of interest to me 4 years ago is no longer of much interest to me now. I suppose that I am trying to find something new with each visit – and that rarely happens.”

Using a 1970’s camera, lens and particular times of day he explains his motivation as “Just an amazing feeling, to be there and to look down and see tiny worlds appear before my eyes. Then to hear the whirr of the shutter and to know that I may have captured it forever. It is a very personal and intimate experience.”

His work has been acclaimed internationally and published in numerous magazines throughout the UK, the USA and Australia. The Poppit Sands/Other Small Worlds series has won three finalist places in the Hasselblad Masters Award (2008, 2009 & 2010) and is now in its sixth year. Jackson is based in Wales.

Poppit-Sands-Beach-Wales michael Jackson photography

Poppit-Sands-Beach-Wales michael Jackson photography

Poppit-Sands-Beach-Wales michael Jackson photography

Poppit-Sands-Beach-Wales michael Jackson photography

Poppit-Sands-Beach-Wales michael Jackson photography

Poppit-Sands-Beach-Wales michael Jackson photography

  • http://creativefetish.typepad.com Edward

    Fantastic, I’m intrigued, which 1970’s camera were these taken on? I assumed they were taken digitally when I first saw them.

  • http://www.mgjackson.co.uk Michael Jackson

    Hi Edward,

    Thank you for your comment. All my shots on Poppit Sands have been taken using an old Hasselblad 500cm with an even older 50mm lens. I also use a red filter and polarizer for everything.

    All the best

    Mike

  • kristine

    the pictures are amazing.I would love to see more photos,of wales in general.i plan to vacation there one day. And the more pictures i see the more places of wales i long to go to see in person.Poppit Beach is now 3rd on my list of places I will see.thank you for sharing the beauty .keep them coming please.
    kristine