Back in November I took a short break to my aunt and uncle’s beach hut on the North Somerset coast. Dunster Beach and the nearby Exmoor National Park provided the backdrop for a weekend of enthusiastic photography.
Dunster Beach is a holiday park in the very British tradition of windswept beaches next to slightly murky seas and I love it. I spent many happy family holidays here when I was a child and returning after many years felt brilliant.
Armed with my new Mamiya C330, the photos I took were less Lomo than some of my previous output, but it was a great place to put the camera though its paces.
The holiday park dates back to before the 1930s and is very traditional. The beach huts are all the same size and all have to be painted green! This isn’t a place for wild expressionism, but some people have tested the boundaries of what counts as green. At the back of the site is a small nature reserve set around a lake. There are many types of birds that live on the lake.
The beach itself is a wide expanse of sand and shingle which stretches for hundreds of meters when the tide is out. The patterns in the sand and piles of pebbles are really quite beautiful. In November, the nearly deserted beach almost has a desolate feeling to it.
If you walk along the beach for long enough, you’ll get to the small tourist town of Minehead. At this time of year, the gift shops and amusement arcades were pretty deserted, but the harbor looked beautiful in the late evening light.
All weekend I was treated to some beautiful autumn moons. I tried taking photos of these, but most turned out to be massively over exposed. The ones that did work were when there was thick cloud over a low moon. I even managed to get the lights of a boat moored out at sea in the shot which I was pleased with.
We also made a trip into the nearby Exmoor National Park, which has some stunning scenery. With the hills shrouded in fog, it took on a slightly eerie feel.
I hope to go again this summer when the weather is a little warmer and I might be brave enough to go in the sea, but I would recommend Dunster Beach at any time of year!