Picture This: The Beach at Reawick, Shetland

by Keith Savage · 11 comments

I slammed shut the car door and smashed the beached silence. A cat black as a highland night eyed me from the tall grass and bolted when I tried to shoot his photo. I was intruding. This coarse red beach in western Shetland didn’t want or need me here. But the red and green and blue and white of this vision drew me in.

The low tide had left a skiff naked and awkward. A crude cement slab prevented it from going to sea, from going to where it would want to go, if it were sentient. I’d broken free of my own moorings many months ago and cast myself adrift into a maelstrom of uncertainty, risk, and fear – much like people I’ve met on this journey: Diane and Ian of Trochelhill, Boyd now working on Caterhams and fishing rods, and Rene and his wife who left Holland to follow dreams in Scotland.

There is passage through, or at least there is the belief. And like this boat’s, how rough and ugly our anchors are. Reawick’s red sand and silence spoke volumes as I perused its expanse looking for sea glass, seeking to piece back together the quietude.

CharuNo Gravatar May 11, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Really a story-telling shot, despite absence of human form. The skiff looks surreal.


Keith SavageNo Gravatar May 11, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Nice way to put it.


ShalabhNo Gravatar May 8, 2011 at 2:49 AM

Beautiful picture Keith!


GrayNo Gravatar May 7, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Lovely, Keith. The photo alone is like a postcard, and your description? Perfect.


Keith SavageNo Gravatar May 7, 2011 at 12:37 PM

I thought it looked like a postcard, too.


Roy | cruisesurfingzNo Gravatar May 7, 2011 at 2:16 AM

I love how the colors pop. Do you use post-production software on it?


Keith SavageNo Gravatar May 7, 2011 at 3:38 AM

Yes, I use Adobe Lightroom to bring the pictures back to what I actually saw. This photo hardly needed it.


KenNo Gravatar May 6, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Beautiful! What great weather! Reminds me of….ah, but that’s another story for a time with family, friends and good malt whisky.


Keith SavageNo Gravatar May 7, 2011 at 3:40 AM

The weather has been very cooperative so far. Crossing my fingers for more, though the lack of rain means very low rivers and that could lead to halting whisky production (oh noes!).


joshywashingtonNo Gravatar May 6, 2011 at 10:54 AM

nice picture you paint here, I always enjoy your writing!


Keith SavageNo Gravatar May 7, 2011 at 3:39 AM

Thanks Josh!


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