Sometimes, a cliché is a must…

Back last night from three weeks in Germany, I’ve been sorting through some of my digital photographs (the film – a mixture of Fuji Velvia, Ilford Delta and Kodak Portra! – needs to go to the lab to be processed…).  On our way back to the UK via Hoek van Holland, we stopped off on a beach for a couple of hours just north of the port.  As we were sitting on the sand watching the sun go down over the North Sea, the perfect romantic cliché appeared right before my eyes: a pretty woman riding her horse on the shore line was stopped by a guy who came across as a bit of a poser, and who appeared to be trying to flirt with her.  I just had to throw myself down in the sand and photograph them… sometimes, a cliché presents itself and is just irresistible! 🙂

Flirting on the beach

Flirting on the beach

I should add that I couldn’t hear their dialogue properly, so even if my Dutch had been up to scratch, I don’t know what was said (I can read obscure church texts in Dutch, but whether I’d understand pickup lines is another matter).  But even without words, her lack of interest was apparent!

P.S. if you haven’t seen my collection of road signs in Kronsgaard in Germany that I posted on my Posterous blog site last night, you might like to take a look…


4 thoughts on “Sometimes, a cliché is a must…

  1. Tina

    How do you find these great situations to shoot??! It’s very romantic!

    1. Michael Marten Post author

      This really did just present itself to me – she came along on her horse just as we were there, and then he came up to her: all nothing to do with me, I don’t think they even realised I was photographing them!

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