Rings in the Shingle is a collection of images and poems born out of the love of the author for the north Norfolk Coast, his home. The poems and images are entirely complementary, having an equal weight in the experience of reading and the appreciation of the photograph from which it derives – in turn, a visual record of a moment, of a privileged and unexpected meeting or insight. The juxtaposition of word and picture upon the page is therefore intended as artwork in its own right – a sum that is greater than the whole of its parts – for these pieces to evoke a sense of this special place and the birds at home here – during any and every time of the year!
Stuart Medland was a Primary School Teacher in Norfolk for most of his life. Now retired, he continues to follow his passion for poetry and natural history, from which his interest in photography has sprung. He has lived in north Norfolk for nearly thirty years and has two grown-up children. Stuart also enjoys painting, making music with friends as well as visiting the Lake District, Dartmoor and North Wales, where his daughter is a vet. His son lives in Australia, a country he is looking forward to exploring in the future!