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Foghorn Requiem

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 24 June 2013 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

OK this looks pretty unremarkable (like a lot of my pictures these days) but this was a very well supported public event on Saturday 22nd. June with a few thousands attending.
This is Souter Lighthouse at Marsden on the coast in South Shields, the shot was taken from the back of Marsden Quarry on Lizard Lane and shows a number of vessels anchored off the coast at the rear of the lighthouse. Oddly, this was a musical event commissioned by South Tyneside Council involving three brass bands, a bugler on top of the lighthouse and the combined ships horns of about 70 vessels ranging from the DFDS North Sea ferry right down to small kayaks! The ships and boats were arranged and spaced according to the strength and pitch of their horns and the distance from the shore to produce the best aural interpretation of the artist's composition, all facilitated by a high tech marine simulator at South Tyneside College in Westoe.
The musical extravaganza, devised by artists Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway and music compsed by Orlando Gough, was aimed at marking the disappearance of the sound of the foghorn from the UK’s coastal landscape.

Not a bit of fog on Saturday - shame really.

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Javier from Castro-Urdiales, Spain

A great place for a music concert. ;)

24 Jun 2013 5:14am

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Il est superbe ce ciel

Bonne journée

24 Jun 2013 5:15am

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent capture and sky

24 Jun 2013 5:17am

pascale from Brussels, Belgium

un havre de paix :)

24 Jun 2013 5:24am

gerard1948 from Somewhere on earth, Spain

Beautiful scenery and a great concert stage .. A magnificent sky and stunning colors. No fog, but it was not raining.
Have a good week.

24 Jun 2013 6:13am

@gerard1948: Ha ha, well that didn't last long, a few hours later we were introduced to a weekend of thundery storms and flash floods!

Devi from Chennai, India

Rain or sunshine...music has to be enjoyed...and with a venue like this :-)))))))

24 Jun 2013 7:49am

Kate from EXETER, United Kingdom

What a fantastic idea, I have never heard of this before!

24 Jun 2013 7:59am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Quite an event

24 Jun 2013 8:24am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

It's a lovely view, I think lighthouses are great.

24 Jun 2013 8:31am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Looks remarkable enough to me, I like it:)

24 Jun 2013 9:09am

Emma G from Auckland, New Zealand

wow, a very novel idea - lovely setting for it.

24 Jun 2013 10:07am

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

I like works of art like this, nicely explained.

24 Jun 2013 11:49am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

It's only when you read something that you realise something is missing or different - I had no idea that the foghorn was no longer used but it does make perfect sense with modern Satellite GPRS, Communications and Radar.

24 Jun 2013 11:50am

ursulakatariina from Ed, Sweden

Beautiful view.

24 Jun 2013 12:02pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Magnifique paysage, superbe point de vue. Bonne journée.

24 Jun 2013 12:05pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful colors and textures in this seaside shot!! I love the expansive view of the sky with the great clouds.

24 Jun 2013 12:21pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A great text for a beautiful picture. As always beautiful and perfect! A hug, Adela

24 Jun 2013 12:36pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Definitely a unique event Curly! Nicely captured! ;-)

24 Jun 2013 12:49pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Glorious day for it - hard to imagine a grander stage for this event!

24 Jun 2013 1:11pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Very pretty, and it looks cool to me from here in the Texas heat. ;-)

24 Jun 2013 2:03pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

Not your usual style but perfect for the photo, I do not think it could look more beautiful
if you tried, remarkable sky, and a feeling of wanting to be lost in this magnificence !~

24 Jun 2013 2:08pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

It must have been quite a sound, particularly if you had the wind coming and going, as we did blowing the music here and there

24 Jun 2013 2:09pm

Brockaly from Leominster, United Kingdom

Hi Hi, not the fog on the sea by the Tyne :0) Need a sound file upload.

24 Jun 2013 2:31pm

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Nice composition, the colors are great

24 Jun 2013 3:16pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Beautiful seascape, like it !

24 Jun 2013 4:16pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Beautiful scene - no more foghorn?

24 Jun 2013 4:31pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Excellent documentary Curly. I can hear the haunting honks from here :)

24 Jun 2013 4:39pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Must have sounded great

24 Jun 2013 5:02pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Nice place for event....

24 Jun 2013 5:24pm

rem_la from France

magnifique ce paysage

24 Jun 2013 5:37pm

STEED from D, France

A taste of Holidays ................Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh !!!!

24 Jun 2013 7:03pm

Irene from San Francisco, United States

I love tis shot, great colors.

24 Jun 2013 7:42pm

Regina G. Santaella from Cancún, Mexico

Beautiful composition and depth of field. The clouds are gorgeous!

24 Jun 2013 9:37pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

What a wonderful tribute to the fog horns of years gone by. Sadly, I can't get the link to play and would love to have heard it. I'll try to try again later.

24 Jun 2013 9:54pm

Mireille T. from Ribérac, France

What a gorgeous place! I imagine it was really great!

24 Jun 2013 10:02pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

What a great event! I would have loved to have heard it. A wonderful way to celebrate the foghorn. Lovely image with the ocean and clouds.

25 Jun 2013 1:10am

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

This is a very beautiful scene! This is like a beautiful painting that I could get lost in!

25 Jun 2013 2:52am

BlindPoet from Whangarei, New Zealand

on the contrary my dear watson...the sjy and the vibe, the stories and the openess..........old style kinda theme.....to too close and intense.........is all remarkable to me. refreshing like the breese....in the grass and on the waves. I feel it and shiver a bit

28 Jun 2013 3:21am

1/340 second
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