|Indian Easyrider bike, Portstewart Promenade, 2017. On HP5+/Ilford Warmtone RC paper.|
Here's a scan of the original print, just for good measure:
The reason I cropped it was the crane in the background - OK so I lost the cow-horn handlebars and the funky wing mirror, but I felt the crane in the background was too distracting so I did what was necessary. In hindsight perhaps I was too critical.
There are cranes all over the place these days - can't move for them on account of all the new building going on. Properties in Portstewart with a "Sea View" go for a premium - well north of half a £million is not uncommon. Mostly outside money, of course - there are no jobs in the area which could support local ownership of such expensive properties and not that many businesses either. What passes for industry around The Liberties would be farming and tourism. We'll soon be like all those other seaside towns across the UK - full of people who 'come down from the city' for the weekend expecting skinny lattes and croissants and wine bars and what-have-you and then the place is deserted on a cold wintry morning in November and you'll be lucky to get a decent drop of tea and a buttermilk pancake. Actually, come to think about it, I'll take that any day of the week - I quite like cold wintry mornings in November without many people around. And I'm happy with a decent cup of tea and a buttermilk pancake too.