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B & W
framing suggestion:
Bereft of pieces and of players and onlookers, this chessboard on the Prom at Folkestone
was, not surprisingly, as deserted as the town itself on this freezing day in November.
Folkestone seems to have gone downhill somewhat, losing heart since losing its port and its
daily links to the Continent due to competition from Dover, and with much of the
cross-channel ferry business now being taken by Eurotunnel. Nevertheless, I believe there
are (or were) plans afoot to revitalise this area that was once a throbbing South Coast resort
during Victorian times and historically was an important link to France during WW1 for the
repatriation of the wounded from the Western Front. Perhaps if I’d taken this picture in July, I
wouldn’t have been able to see the chessboard for the crowd! The picture is a composite,
taken in infra-red: the sky you see here was just off slightly to the left, so I took two
exposures and moved the sky to where I wanted it. It’s only a very slight cheat, but much
improves the picture. And as the famous American landscape photographer Ansel Adams
was wont to say, you don’t 'take' a picture, you 'make' it.
Bereft of pieces and of players and onlookers, this chessboard on the Prom at Folkestone was, not
surprisingly, as deserted as the town itself on this freezing day in November. Folkestone seems to
have gone downhill somewhat, losing heart since losing its port and its daily links to the Continent
due to competition from Dover, and with much of the cross-channel ferry business now being taken
by Eurotunnel. Nevertheless, I believe there are (or were) plans afoot to revitalise this area that
was once a throbbing South Coast resort during Victorian times and historically was an important link
to France during WW1 for the repatriation of the wounded from the Western Front. Perhaps if I’d
taken this picture in July, I wouldn’t have been able to see the chessboard for the crowd! The
picture is a composite, taken in infra-red: the sky you see here was just off slightly to the left, so I
took two exposures and moved the sky to where I wanted it. It’s only a very slight cheat, but
much improves the picture. And as the famous American landscape photographer Ansel Adams was
wont to say, you don’t 'take' a picture, you 'make' it.

Last knight on the Prom

The mount could be slightly bigger, but the black frame works well.

The mount could be slightly bigger, but the black frame works well.

Black & whites

A3 (c. 16"x12") print on:

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A2 (c. 23"x16") print on:
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Innova Soft-textured matt (£36)