Coastal erosion – hydraulic action and abrasion/corrasion

Waves hit sea wall illustrating hydraulic action and corrasion coastal erosion, East Lane, Bawdsey, Suffolk



The force of the water in the wave enlarges cracks in the sea wall by compressing air – this is hydraulic action. The wave, even on a relatively calm day,  is carrying sediment, small pieces of shingle are shown in the image both in the water and on the ground. This sediment being hurled under great force at the sea wall is the erosional process of abrasion, also known as corrosion. This is one of the most frequently viewed images on my website but I think the first time that it has been licensed.

Steady flow from Sri Lanka 2015 trip

Lighthouse building in the historic town of Galle, Sri Lanka, Asia

Taken in February 2015. This trip was over a month long and resulted in over 2000 images for editing. The selects, including this image, were added to my ‘geogphotos’ collection at Alamy. This is obviously a very simple straightforward image with room for copy space and/or cropping. The wall in the foreground leads the eye into the picture, the light blue sky provides neutral background allowing the evening sun on the side of the lighthouse to capture attention. The palm trees provide framing and at least partially obscure the ugly metal structure in the background. Anyway, a simple illustrative shot used for a calendar in north America.



Country: North America
Usage: Consumer goods
Media: Calendar
Print run: up to 50,000
Placement: Inside
Start: 01 August 2017
End: 01 August 2018

1230 sales for me in 2016

In these quiet days between Xmas and New Year I notice several photographers on forums reflecting on the year that has nearly ended and ‘taking stock’ ( excuse the pun) of 2016.

I started with Alamy back in 2003 and was absolutely thrilled that the internet, in the shape of Alamy, had provided such as opportunity to really commit to stock photography. Prior to that I had dabbled with a couple of the old traditional agencies but couldn’t get in with the top few agencies. So the advent of Alamy was a real motivation for me.


After five or so years of just Alamy I made a decision to distribute my RM images, largely secondary editorial,  more widely and not have my ‘eggs in one basket’. I started with agefotosck then things really started happening after 2012 with Universal Images Group ( UIG)

I had around 425 Alamy sales, and the rest of the 1230 sales have come from  the  UIG network of agencies ( Getty Images being the most important single one), a reasonable number from Agefotostock, and small numbers from Robert Harding ( where I only have about 30 images), Imagbroker ( just 1 so far) and a couple of direct sales from Geography Photos ( small in number but decent fees).

All these sales are for Rights Managed images through ‘proper’ agencies – no RF or microstock.