"Everything appeared to be right about this place. The boat was traditional, nothing was obtrusive, all was sublimely at rest. No rush to reach for the camera: time to drink in and absorb. I was disturbed for some time about the froth in the immediate foreground and wondered whether I should crop the image - not into a panoramic, as I have done once before, but into a rectangle, a format more traditional for landscape photography. This would produce a sliver of water sitting beneath the boat, with the vast sky above. However, despite the merits of such cropping, I remained loyal to the square.
I do not normally use extreme wide angle or excessively long lenses and am quite content to work with just four fixed focal lengths from mild wide to mild long. If an image betrays which lens has been used, that can be intrusive to both its meaning and what to understand from it. For me, no other place so personifies calm. The isolation of the small dinghy suggests vulnerability and solitude. The canopy of broken magenta cloud dropping little pale puffballs of reflection across the water's surface pleases me. I can enjoy this image for its utter simplicity, and for perhaps the oddest of reasons: the bow of the boat points away and upwards to the distance. If I were to return to this place I would hope to find this modest little clinker - built dinghy in the same place; I could not bear to think it would ever go anywhere." Charlie Waite