Capturing Memories, Not Catastrophes: Shore Safety. Photography & Text by Keith R Wahl
Capturing Memories, Not Catastrophes: A Photographer's Guide to Shore Safety
The salty air fills your lungs, the sun warms your skin, and the crashing waves sing their siren song. The shore holds a beauty that captivates photographers and shore-goers alike. However, as someone who has spent a lifetime navigating its currents and witnessing its dangers, I urge you to remember: the shore is not always a playground. I wrote this for photographers, but there is something for everyone here (after all, everyone carries a camera with them these days).
Arthur At Black PointArthur at Black Point. Tropical Storm Arthur is the first named storm of 2020 Hurricane Season; though hundreds of miles offshore, it brings its drama to the shores of Narragansett, Rhode Island.
Every year, tragedies unfold at iconic spots like Warwick's Conimicut Point and Narragansett's Hazard Avenue, especially during the holiday season. As a photographer, I find myself drawn to these same locations, but I do so with an understanding of the potential hazards and a commitment to safety.
Here are some tips to ensure your shore photography adventures are filled with stunning memories, not heartbreaking headlines:
Know Before You Go:
Gear Up Wisely:
Embrace Safety First:
Photography with Responsibility:
Remember, the most important photograph is one that captures your memories, not your last moments. By approaching shore photography with respect, awareness, and a commitment to safety, you can ensure that your passion for capturing the coastal beauty doesn't lead to tragedy.
Let's create stunning memories at the shore, not stories of pain.
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