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The past few years that I have visited Mablethorpe in September, the funfair has been closed. Whether this is because the customers who would partake of the larger rides are all back in school by this time, or maybe they only open at the weekends – this year I visited on a Friday whereas it’s been midweek most other times. Or perhaps, in this pandemic year, they are staying open for longer, seeking to eke out whatever income they can following a summer season that will have been heavily affected by the lockdown at its beginning, and then – to some extent at least – smaller numbers of visitors than usual (although it will be interesting to see if the loss of foreign trips has resulted in larget numbers of tourists, perhaps balancing things a little). Whatever the case, it’s hard not to feel sorry for the businesses and workers who rely on the summer season at resorts around the country who will have seen their incomes affected. I hope they are able to survive.

Today’s photos were made in the still-open funfair. There were few other visitors to be seen, although it was still early in the day.

Hope (you don't get bumped)
Ghost Train

Olympus OM-2n, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 & Ilford Delta 400. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 8mins @ 20°.

Taken on 11 September 2020

2 thoughts on “Funfair

  1. I’ve never outright disliked it, but at the same time I’ve never been a huge fan of Delta 400. Your recent photos are making me think I should give it another look.


    1. Delta doesn’t tend to be my first choice either to be honest. HP5+ is my go-to B&W film. Delta is supposed to work really well with Ilfotec DD-X developer though, so I bought a few rolls to see how it fared.

      HP5+ has a great advantage in that I know I can push it a couple of stops at least and still get images I really like. I’ve not tried Delta in that regard, so not sure if it will work as well.


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