Dungeness

Abandoned boat, Dungeness, Kent, UK

The shingle expanse of Dungeness in Kent, England, is one of the largest in the world and a favourite haunt with photographers due to the surreal nature of the landscape. This abandoned boat has probably been photographed countless times. Got to love this place, it has enough wrecks, weird houses, boardwalks, nuclear power stations and lighthouses to keep a photographer happy for many an hour, and the weather keeps changing too!

Like many photographers, I’ve visited Dungeness countless times over the years. Ironically, during all these visits, I’ve never met anyone who knew much about the old boats so characteristic of the area. However, on one visit I was fortunate to meet the grandson of the guy who built one of the old “wrecks” in 1946. It was interesting to hear his views on the management of the Dungeness Estate and the desire in some quarters to see the old boats and sheds removed. Personally, I think the area would lose something of value were it “tidied up”, though how you tidy up a nuclear power station on the horizon, I’ve no idea.