I'm delighted to be able to confirm that 'Bosham' by Gill Prince is now available for sale at Bosham Gallery in West Sussex. It is being offered in a limited edition of 100, as an archival pigment print on Fotospeed High White Smooth, float mounted in a white box frame. Standard framed size is 26" x 17", but other sizes are available by request. To view the image, and buy framed prints online, please click here - and for more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Luke Whitaker on 01243 681271.
Bosham is a very special and picturesque village which is situated near Chichester in West Sussex. Set between two tidal creeks at the eastern end of Chichester harbour, it is unusual in that the landscape changes dramatically at high tide - with the entire inlet flooding, including some of the main roads near the village.
Apparently, the beautiful little church which forms part of Bosham’s iconic skyline also appears on the Bayeux Tapestry!
The story behind the image
Having visited Bosham a handful of times, and seen numerous other images that were shot here, I developed a very clear idea of the scene I wanted to capture during this pre-planned shoot. An expansive panoramic view - with a gentle early morning glow, and a luminous, but not too perfect reflection.
The date was planned carefully to coincide with high tide at sunrise, when the creek fills with water - leaving only the lighting conditions to chance. In the week beforehand, various forecasts consistently indicated that I could be fortunate - and all my planning would be rewarded with accompanying good weather!
I arrived on the south shore of the harbour around 50 minutes before sunrise – just as the eastern sky was starting to show signs of light, and about an hour after high tide. Even then, I could see that something special might be about to happen, and I quickly set up my tripod on the edge of the water.
From here on it was a waiting game. Watching minute by minute as the daylight brightened slowly to my right – always conscious of the changing colour in the sky, and the shifting patterns in the water.
There were two key issues to consider – firstly the combination of light, sky texture and reflection, and secondly the curvature of the harbour on the far side, which makes capturing the perfect panorama even more of a challenge. The other factor being that I could not follow the waterline as it receded, without risk of sinking into the exposed sea bed and needing to be rescued!
As a landscape photographer, all that careful planning can only ever put you in the right place at the right time. From here on it’s down to nature, coupled with a moment of good fortune. And just as the scene I had envisaged was starting to emerge, I noticed a small bank of cloud moving in from the east, and held my breath. Would this make, or break, my image?
The next few minutes gave me my answer, while the clouds moved into position around the skyline as if carefully choreographed to my instruction. Framing and enhancing the scene with just the perfect hint of that pink morning glow I had set out to capture - and of course the corresponding, and entirely complementary, reflection.