Exploring Weston-Super-Mare for some seaside Street Photography
Flavio and Mark took to the seaside resort of Weston-Super-Mare to capture the life of the busy traditional British holiday resort with some street photography with our trusty Sony A9 cameras. Mark used a 35mm lens, while Flavio preferred a 45mm.
Mark took the direct train from Reading and arrived relaxed at the Weston-Super-Mare station, just a few mins walk from the beach. Arriving by train is a great option, worth considering.
Flavio however took the car and, with a similar journey time, parked the car just a few mins walk from the beach front, in Carlton St, BS23 1UA.
Prior to the trip we sat down and pre planned our visit by researching the web to find the best spots for street photography. We came up with the following map but, once there, we found that some locations were definitely better than others, and some didn’t seem to offer any opportunities for a good street image.
Starting from the Pier, we initially walked past the Winter Gardens and up to Anchor Head, walking along the sandy beach and capturing moments and scenes that created a good composition.
We also found a great busy area towards the Anchor Head where skaters and rollerbladers congregate and that gave great photographic opportunities.
Walking back we stopped for a coffee and ice cream sundae at The Winter Gardens and then made our way inwards to The Italian Gardens where we took some great pics of people messing about in the fountains.
On our way back we stumbled upon a great little micro brewery called The Black Cat Micro Pub: we can definitely recommend a stop here to sample the ales and ciders.
We definitely found the beach areas either side of the Pier as well as the Pier entrance itself to be the most rewarding street photography locations together with the Weston-Super-Mare promenade, with many families coming and going and giving many opportunities to make some great compositions.
We finished the day of with a great meal at the restaurant Il Michelangelo, which is located near Anchor head. The better eating places seem to be located at this end of town, and we can highly recommend the authentic pizzas and Italian dishes of this restaurant along with great views across the sea. Definitely ask for an outside table (weather permitting) and check out their reviews on Trip Advisor!
Please check our YouTube video on seaside street photography, shot on the same day in Weston-Super-Mare, and also our other British seaside town blog about running a course in Blackpool, the Vegas of the North!