On the beach, 1949

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    This is a scan of a 6x6 b&w photo of my brother Peter on Tankerton beach. He did not turn into a zoologist.

    Scanned from the original negative taken on 10th July 1949, photo taken by his father, Frank Jefferies. Not sure what camera was used.

    See where I think this picture was taken. [?]

    1. The Ancient Brit. ages ago | reply

      I like this shot. It is telling a story. The subject is very finely lit at a time when automatic exposure control was unknown. It is possible to see the sand on the lad’s knees. I don’t know if it was intended to have the lad only partly in shot but it looks right.

    2. rabinal ages ago | reply


      I don't remember if I was with you and Peter when we went to Seasalter


      and there were so many jellyfish that a man went in front of us down the beach shovelling them aside with a spade so that we could reach the sea barefoot. And when we reached the sea, the water was completely covered in them. No paddling that day. It would have been before spring 1951.


    3. Michael Jefferies ages ago | reply

      Thanks Ancient one, the picture here is not cropped but is as scanned, so Dad presumably intended it that way. The original scan was at 4800 dpi, the file is some 40meg.

    4. Michael Jefferies ages ago | reply


      This may have been at Seasalter, the neg description doesn't say where but the ones from the days before and after were at Tankerton. However the beach at Tankerton was short and stoney. More exploration of the negatives I haven't processed may help!

    5. rabinal ages ago | reply


      I wonder about the zoology of jellyfish. Presumably if there is a covering of the beach, there was an onshore wind and they have been able to procreate prolifically. And, what do they eat?


    6. Michael Jefferies ages ago | reply


      I suggest the Wikipedia article is quite good.
      for those interested.


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