I’m a nature lover, and I’ve always enjoyed playing with colors during photography and film-processing. Living in Chennai, I’ve had a long-standing habit of going to beaches to capture the most scenic dawns and day-breaks that I could find.
The world’s second-longest (12 kms) natural sandy beach used to always be filled at dawn with a bunch of regular walkers, joggers, vendors, and circles of friends. When the lockdown was declared in March, the whole state came to a stand-still, as did the Marina.
One day, being an early-morning riser, I went with my Leica Q2 and entered the beach by around 4:45 am. When the day-break happened, it was a mesmerizing sight - with the grey of the passing clouds further adding to the beauty of my photographs.
It was a completely deserted area, with the rare 3 or 4 fishermen starting their morning hauls. But, overall, it was another abnormal day for the common man. Due to the closure of beach-side eateries, the stray dogs were also starting to become quite aggressive. In fact, I narrowly escaped an attack as well when I photographed them.
In the span of my life, I had never before seen this beach deserted to the extent I found it in that day. At least, I got the opportunity to document this memorable sight - hopefully, never to be seen again - of when the Covid-19 lockdown struck life in Chennai.
... Wolgast . Never heard of it? Just follow the link.
When I moved three years ago from the west to the east part of Germany I soon started with day trips to explore my new neighbourhood. In my backback was always my Leica M10 and just one lens. The towns and the countryside seem to be deserted compared to other regions of the country. And one day I came to the town Wolgast. Here are a few impressions of the town down at the river Peene.
All photos were taken with my M10 and Noctilux-M 1:1/50 v4. I used the Vario Heliopan Filter hence the fall off towards the edges.