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Santa's Little Helper


He stands silently on the foreshore, staring out to sea. Waiting for the sounds of sleigh bells and the scent of the reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh.

This particular Gormley is one of the most seaward of them and regulary covered by the tide. He has a healthy growth of barnacles and lots of corrosion, it is difficult to make out any features now. I do wonder just how long he will last. A touch of fill-in flash brings out the colour in what may have been his cheeks at one time.

Many thanks to all of you have commented on my pictures since I have been posting on this site, it has been a pleasure meeting you all through the medium of the web so may I wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Santa's Little Helper


He stands silently on the foreshore, staring out to sea. Waiting for the sounds of sleigh bells and the scent of the reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh.

This particular Gormley is one of the most seaward of them and regulary covered by the tide. He has a healthy growth of barnacles and lots of corrosion, it is difficult to make out any features now. I do wonder just how long he will last. A touch of fill-in flash brings out the colour in what may have been his cheeks at one time.

Many thanks to all of you have commented on my pictures since I have been posting on this site, it has been a pleasure meeting you all through the medium of the web so may I wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

comments (11)

  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 24 Dec 2007, 01:44
Merry Christmas to you, too, Les!

What a delightful way to see a Gormley captured. It's only been recently, on SC, that I even discovered what Gormleys were/are, so to see one celebrated like this only adds to the intrigue for me. smile
Les Auld: Thanks Ginnie, I belive there are still some in London as well. Hope you had a good Christmas.
A pleasant change from traffic cones! Nice touch of flash les, can't stop myself at the moment, have a nice one anyway.
Les Auld: Thanks David, appreciate the comment and the felicitations, hope yu had a good christmas.
A very happy Christmas to you Les. I've enjoyed your pictures very much
Les Auld: Thanks Bill, glad I could provide a modicum of enjoyment or you.
Nice touch Les. This could become the iconic Scouse Christmas image.

All the best Alistair.
Les Auld: Thanks Alistair, makes a change from hi viz kackets and tee shirts.
I love how you can see the textures here. I so would love to see this installation and take photo like countless others. Have a great holiday, Les. Best of the season.
Les Auld: Thanks Mary, I am not sure but there may be some coming to New Yorks as well.
Very good Les. I wonder if anyone will ever put a Santa cap on the Angel? He did wear a Shearer shirt once! Thanks for all your comments over the year.
Les Auld: Thanks Ian, you would need a big step ladder for that.
  • Ellie
  • damp south
  • 24 Dec 2007, 18:45
*chuckle* ... if Antony Gormley could see this he'd, errm, say something!

Have a lovely Christmas smile
Les Auld: Thanks Ellie, something along the lines of "eh bah gum, I never thought that would happen, that's rite nice."
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 24 Dec 2007, 22:22
The mussels are slowly gaining height. Excellent fun shot and a merry christmas to you and your Les.
Les Auld: Thanks Louis, one day they will be all over him. Hope you had a good christmas.
  • pixelpixie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Dec 2007, 22:49
I think I've only seen these in silhouette. Didn't realise he had such a lovely coat!

Happy Christmas Les and all the best for the New Year!
Les Auld: Thanks Jose, there are figures with all dfiirent degrees of growth and decay along te beach. Hope you had a good christmas.
  • Ann
  • SucÚ sur Erdre - France
  • 26 Dec 2007, 21:26
Santa spent a long time in the sea to be like this ...
Les Auld: It must be all of a couple of years Ann, thanks for the comment.
I must go and find a Gormley, nice capture, Have a Happy New Year.
Les Auld: There are a few about I believe, Thanks Nigel, have a good 2008.

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