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I took this picture through the window of the ferry as we sailed out of the harbour on our Summer holiday. It was so gloomy but I liked the flat greys and the view of the seafront through the rainy window. I used to travel over from Gosport to Portsmouth for 5 years as I went to school there so the views always remind me of those times. They weren’t at all gloomy, but weather is weather and there’s no point trying to hide it.

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Robert Louis Stevenson had a grudge against the Scottish weather, in particular here on the east coast, which he described as having ‘one of the vilest climates under heaven’. Here is a shot taken at the end of July looking across to the promenade in Kirkcaldy. RLS got the summer spot on: ‘shifty and ungenial’. The cold sea fog is called the haar and it appears out of the east, a spiteful gift from the north sea when the sun shines and dares to warm our faces. I’ve got it into my head that we must somehow anger the sun god, to whom I am particularly worshipful.

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Taking advantage of the rain I hide in phone boxes and take photos

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I’ve been developing a few ideas, one of which is photos from moving windows. Here is a gas tank that supplies ships at Burntisland, Fife. I’m trying to get a feel of what I see each day that interests me. Part of the remit of daydreamers. If you want to see some really great images of views from moving trains then check out Walker Evans’ series.

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Taken from the beach path in Ravenscraig Park, Kirkcaldy. I liked the gentle evening colour and the faint wash that leads into the middle distance.