Dorset’s Jurassic Coast offers a spectacular opportunity to step back in time and see what the landscape might have looked like millions of years ago. This prehistoric location is a draw for photographers from around the world – and Martin Dolan, who lives in nearby Verwood, is fortunate to have easy access to the inspiring views.
Martin has been exploring the English coast for the past three years, shooting landscapes up and down the ancient coastline. During one of his visits, he noticed that as the tide receded from the shore, it exposed a beautiful stretch of Dolomite bedrock – a scene he eagerly sought to capture on camera.
“It’s a location that requires a bit of effort to access and, as a result, is off the beaten track,” he says. “At this time of year, the sun still sets over the land and it was important for me to capture the color and light being reflected off the wet bedrock. This would accentuate the textures of the rock and the shape of the ledges.”
But it wasn’t just the out-of-the-way spot that made getting the right shot challenging for Martin – the weather conditions along the rocky coast made the photoshoot especially difficult.
“There was a fierce wind, and although the tide was falling, it was high enough for the crashing waves to cause an enormous amount of sea spray,” he says. “Repeated attempts at shooting this composition were had, and each time, I had to retreat back 10 meters or so to wipe the camera and filters down with a cloth.”