I was interested in the fact that they were each absorbed in concentration and had selected particular spots to forage around for shells or molluscs?
It wasn’t a particularly warm day but pleasant enough to spend down by the sea. I did however manage to fire off several shots as they altered their positioning and shapes.
I sat on the sea wall a while longer whilst my missus kindly went over to the cafe and ordered up some coffee for us both.
Nothing unusual about people on our beach here in Southsea I would accept; but the overall composition their presence created just looked interesting. Also it was something from a personal and photographic perspective I wanted to try and capture.
We both sat drinking our coffee from the balcony of the cafe which is incidentally built out onto the beach itself; and so allowed us to continue to observe this fascinating group. From our vantage point you could hear as they crunched about on the beach; some with their hands in their pockets kicking at the stones with the toe of their shoes.
Kneeling down they would commence carefully sifting through the wet stones with their fingers; delicately picking out any interesting or colourful little shells which they might have discovered.
I must admit though; at the time they were carrying out their beach combing ritual; it did remind me of some kind of a specialist ‘Formation Dancing Team’ who were perhaps rehearsing to showcase their act on the next ‘Britain’s got Talent’