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65, High Street Brotton Saltburn by the sea TS122PP

© 2018 Keith Moss Photography

A couple of hours to spare.. what am I going to do?

It’s winter and Storm Ciara has just swept across the country. It’s cold, windy and still raining. I have a couple of hours to spare and I'm pacing up and down, a bit stir crazy, what can I do? I know, I'll go for a drive to Grosmont railway station the home of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. It’s only about 20mins away so just the job.

I grab a digital camera my FujiX-Pro 2 with a 23mm F1.4 lens, perfect as it’s pretty dark. Arriving at Grosmont Station my spirit is immediately lifted. Grosmont looks desolate, there's not a soul about it looks like a ghost station. The light is perfect for me and there’s a fine drizzle in the air, ‘’the stuff that gets you wet’’ as Peter Kay would say.

I walk through the station taking a couple of shots along the way, then cross the railway lines towards the sheds where they repair all the old trains and carriages. Apparently the people who do the repairs, the conductors on the trains and the train drivers are all volunteers and there is a long waiting list to join them. Anyway I’m inspired by all the old bits of trains and old carriages that are here in what looks like a train graveyard. I’m totally lost in the moment taking more shots, just what I needed.


My point in telling this little story is that maybe when you think about it the simplest things can be all you need. I had no expectations, no preconceived ideas of what I wanted to capture here, I just knew I needed to get out with my camera. When I run my photography workshops I hear a lot of people say that I just haven't any or enough time to do photography, it takes too long to plan, think about where to go, ideas of what to shoot when I get there,but this trip took me less than 2hours including the car journey there and back. In that time my spirits were lifted and I got some great shots despite the weather.



So I guess my advice to you would be that if you have a spare hour just grab your camera,get out and get shooting. You'll love it no matter what the weather is doing or even where you end up. You could be pleasantly surprised and you never know you might even get something special.


If you would like some inspiration, help, with your street photography why not join me on my next workshop in Edinburgh.