Mark’s Dorset Top Five

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1) Corfe Cas­tle: In the right con­di­tions on a misty morn­ing it’s an amaz­ing place. That air of mys­tery and ro­mance from a ru­ined cas­tle on a hill­top, sur­rounded by fog, is hard to beat. I’ve taken good­ness knows how many pho­to­graphs of it over the years, but I still get drawn to it.

2) Swan­age: Partly be­cause I’m lazy and it’s on my doorstep, but also be­cause it’s a fan­tas­tic place – both the old pier and the beach are great pho­to­graphic sub­jects. There’s a limited num­ber of com­po­si­tions you can get but you can al­ways find some­thing just a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent.

3) Kim­meridge Bay: I’ve been shoot­ing Kim­meridge for about 25 years now and I’m still find­ing new an­gles. The great thing about the coast is that it’s in con­stant change. Rocks get washed up or washed away and things get cov­ered with sand or re­vealed by the tide.

4) Hod Hill: This is a place that’s a lit­tle bit un­der- pho­tographed, and if you don't get the right con­di­tions it can be a real chal­lenge. But if there’s nice side- light­ing, with a good sky or mist in the val­ley, it looks amaz­ing. I vis­ited over Christ­mas when we had fan­tas­tic frost and mist and I got a lot of im­ages I was re­ally pleased with.

5) Win­spit & Sea­combe: This pair of coves on the Purbeck coast are old quar­ries, and are rugged and dra­matic. They’re beau­ti­ful places, but one of the rea­sons I like them is that you don’t find many pho­tog­ra­phers there. You’ve a very good chance of hav­ing the place to your­self, which I find en­hances the ex­pe­ri­ence.

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