Making this image was very much about timing.
As I was passing on the sea front at Burnham-On-Sea, the preacher and his little audience caught my eye. Many different cultural rituals take place on Britain’s beaches, and this one struck me as oddly anachronistic, like a scene from another era.
I watched the man make an open-armed gesture, as if beckoning his flock. I knew right away that this was where the key picture was, so I waited to see if he would repeat it. With the camera to my eye, I made an exposure. The trouble was, a group of people had begun to make their way across the sand behind the man and his group, and I knew the balance wasn’t yet right.
So I waited, camera to my eye, again. Then, the moment came. The man again made his gesture and the group behind were in just the right place. That was it - two exposures and the photograph was made. I enjoy the tones and the composition, but I think the gesture and the timing really help to make it that little more special.