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DOVERCOURT LOW LIGHTHOUSE, ESSEX

I occasionally stumble upon shots of the Dovercourt Low Lighthouse and find it intriguing. I decided to drive there for dawn, and capture this regionally iconic structure. It was a very hazy morning and the tide was receding, so I shot a long-exposure image, in line with the ridge that leads back to shore. It was only once I looked at the photo that I thought the lighthouse looked like the Apollo lunar landing module! I therefore named the image ‘Sea of Tranquillity’ - the site on the moon where humans first landed.

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