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Tom Barnes  Nature, documentry and fine art photographer based in Somerset, England. All images available as limited edition prints, please DM me.

Infinity Tide. This is actually a picture within a picture. The optical illusion of an infinite level of water. But this is not the luxury pool of a swanky 5* villa or hotel. No, this has much more lineage than that. This is Marine Lake, the largest and oldest tidal swimming pool in England - and it is a view to kill for. Built in 1929, the tidal pool was built on an area of the bay called 'stinking corner' due to the mud, debris and dead animal carcasses brought along the estuary.
The new pool was a massive hit throughout this part of the southwest. As the years went by the locals fell out of love with bathing outdoors (it is England after all!) and the place started to fall back into the sea. In fact there were rumours of a shark being caught up in the old pool...it wasn't...it was a dogfish (this is England after all!). Watch my Insta story shortly where I'll put up a few pics of the pool with it's bathers in the golden age. 
But last year a project to renovate the old marine pool was finally complete. And I love it. The shapes, and reflections leading across the pool, dropping down into the sea, past the Victorian beauty of Clevedon Pier and across the bay to Wales. Give me some warm weather and bottle of champagne and I'm in there. Not right now though as it's 8ºC!! 😳😂
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Harmonica & the Hill. Well what else was I going to call it? 😁. This place exudes pure peace. The land falls sharply from the high moorland of Exmoor in North Somerset, into Porlock Bay. The tones of this image represent the peace of this place exactly as I feel it. No matter what happens in my life, no matter how chaotic or distracting, this place has an understated ability to lift any mood. Pull up a seat, unbind those ill fitting shackles. drink in the view. What mattered so much just a moment ago, seems impossibly meaningless now. Unplugged. Off the net. Free. Fearless. Recharged.
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Peak Effort. This shot I had to dig a little deeper into the reserves for. Carrying 25kgs of equipment each with my team, we slogged up the mountain in Patagonia for around 12 hours to get this sunset shot of Torres del Paine. I had a double disc failure in my lower spine (something I didn't fully realise the extent of at the time) which made carrying the weight of camping and photography equipment acutely difficult, struggling with intermittent vertabral spasms that would bring me to my knees. Luckily I had a wonderful small group of friends in my intrepid team, who helped get me to the top to take this shot of the majestic Torres peaks. Put a few titanium bolts in my back and I'll be off again to views like this very soon! Was it worth it? Just look and see...!
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Deafening Silence. This place took some serious trekking through an Ecuadorian jungle to find last November. The nearest habitat is the beautiful village of Mindo about 15 kilometres away from this waterfall. All though the sound of the thunderous waterfall was impossible to ignore, so was the eerie silence of this vast jungle in the north of Ecuador. More coming from my South American series very soon. In the meantime: Happy Easter! .
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Lighting The Silver Horizon. At the harbour gate of the little town of #Watchet in Somerset, stands this little protector of the divide. Calm and ferocity. I took this shot a couple of months ago and could hardly operate the camera it was so cold and nearly dark at 4.30pm. But it was worth it, as this is still one of my favourites. I just loved the symmetry, with the little guy pointing skywards in the centre of the iron sea. And if you look into the far distance, just on the horizon you can see the Easter bunny across the sea in the city of Cardiff.... you've just gotta look reeeeallly hard ;-) .
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Lower Lighthouse. Now this little guy is a little bit special. I know it's hard to imagine but he's actually a lighthouse. A very very old one. Made of wood. I know who'd think it? Sitting in a steely pool of mercurial water watching the vast 2 mile tide disappear, this guy has been preventing ships running into the sandbanks for nearly 200 years. I have designs on it becoming my new studio. Or an epic beach hut. Either way, here he is, enjoying another amazing twilight under a mackerel sky.  Just another night saving the world for this little dude.

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Sunrise as Glastonbury Tor in Somerset. I never tire of this incredible place. You can see nearly 20 miles in each direction over the flatlands known as the Somerset levels. Much of the legend of King Arthur is set here around the isle of Avalon. But it is the real scene of many a Machiavellian story here on top of the tour. Britain's gruesome past, encapsulated in an incredibly beautiful and calming sunrise. Good morning world 🌎 .

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Timeline. Birnbeck Island in Somerset England. This is a real life bridge back in time. More real than any Harry Potter book. A pier that will deliver you to an abandoned fairground island. At 149 years old it is still standing. Just. The island has the remains of the old attractions still there: a roller skating rink, a bioscope theatre (an early cinema), a water chute ride and an early flying machine. In the 20's and 30's it was a top visitor attraction with hundreds of thousands of people visiting each month. In 1941 it began a tougher life: it was closed to the public and turned into HMS Birnbeck - a secret facility for weapons testing. Then the island was seriously damaged by a British bomber plane dropping a dummy mine, destroying much of the structure. It was patched up but ripped apart again by severe storms and finally abandoned in 1994. I will take some drone shots and post close up images to my instgram stories.. It's a fascinating old place, but trapped in an in-between world. Too expensive to rescue, too special to remove. So Mother Nature is finally taking care of the last clean up. 149 years being deleted before your very eyes. It really does feel quite special standing here watching it happen.. #somerset #nature #loveforsomerset #monchrome

Taking Sides. I loved the symmetry of this shot, black vs white bridged by the fence into the water, where the same happens again underwater. Repeating patterns. Ying and yang and diagonals. Simplicity. Which is funny, because I'd actually come here to climb a gorge. Instead I photographed a fence. Gotta love it when you go off-plan.

Beauty And The Beast. It might be a bit unusual to find interest in this ugly concrete valve tower to the dam behind me. But it has such great dimensionality and presence in the centre of this epically beautiful lake. But there is more to it than that:
This tower and the dam it controls, sits upon an old village and farm whose land was flooded with trillions of tons of water in 1977 to both protect and preserve the surrounding areas of Exmoor and provide water for the counties of Devon and Somerset.
The old architectural skeletons of a small civilianisation that once was, sit beneath the concealing beauty of this lake, with the concrete sentinel guarding her secrets. Maybe there's a staircase to an underwater city below through the door of the concrete octagon..? I'll let you know soon... 😉

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Silver Silence. When I took this scene I remember thinking how unusual it is that there was not another soul around for many miles. This area is about 5-6 London boroughs wide. And yet not one person around. Now that you can't achieve even in a city park. When you look at a view like this, it's hard to understand how I ever enjoyed the freneticism of a chaotic London city life. This is living.

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Dammed. A tricky night this at the dam. I ventured off way off track for this one. So off track in fact, there was no way I was going to get the car back up the incredibly steep muddy track that I navigated to get here. The car more fell down than drove, and a rudder should have been better than a steering wheel. I got a handful of images I was really pleased with as night fell. There wasn't a soul around. There was a reason for that as I was about to find out.
I knew there were access roads out if I drove over the dam. Which I did. But each one of the 5 gates was locked. And each with no less than 15 padlocks! I was totally trapped. No phone signal, no way out and in the middle of a moor with no one around for miles.
Then I saw a small cottage at the other side of one access gate. One light on. Small hope. Could they have a key? Will they answer the door...?! I wouldn't answer the door to me or anyone miles from anywhere in the night in middle of moors and woodland!
Please don't have dogs... they will be fully on guard.... I open the gate and see 4 huge dog cages inside. Adrenaline now screaming to get back the car and just stay there for the night. Was it worth risking this? It's only one night? It's cold and I need out of this place... I knock on the door. I wait for the howling with in. It doesn't come, but an old man emerges from the shadows. He looks as edgy as I do.
Then came the dogs.. 4 large dogs flew out of the darkness as I closed the front door on them to stop their progress.

He demanded to know how I'd got in. I explained my error. The internal dam roads are for access vehicles only i.e. Not for me. He was unimpressed and surly.
But he said he did have a key somewhere. If only he could find it. Begrudgingly he spent 10 minutes looking. And emerged with a handful of old keys!! We returned to the car. Now which of the Of these keys fitted the fight one of these 15 padlocks? This is going to take some time... After 20 minutes he thinks he's found the right rusty padlock and key combination. He turns the key. It won't budge. He turns harder. Snap....the key shears clean off in the padlock.... It seems I am doomed to a night at the dam..

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