Wild beaches and weird trees – this is the Isle of Wight as you’ve never seen it before.
We all have our special places; but there are so many more to discover – it’s a Isle of Wight state of mind. Here we reveal one of Instagram’s best hidden treasures, the photographer who shows the Isle of Wight in a whole new light… You’ll stop and think twice.
What images come to mind when you think of the Isle of Wight? Genteel holiday strolls along a pier? Yachts at the Cowes Week regatta? If you’re of a certain vintage you might even picture a mass of hippies at the 1970 rock festival headlined by Jimi Hendrix.
But if you’re lucky enough to follow the photographer Neil Williams on Instagram, you’ll see the island in a totally different light.
On one day you might get an astonishing pink-and-purple sunrise over what seems to be an endless beach, the sea and sky bleeding into each other on a far horizon.
On another day there could be a single, weird tree emerging from the mist.
You might see surfers performing acrobatics in huge Australian-like waves,
or hulking rainclouds over very English-looking countryside.
Neil Williams has got to know the Isle of Wight’s astonishing variety of landscapes, seascapes and moods as well as anyone – and thanks to Instagram, we can all get a glimpse.
Yet following Neil is not just about a moment’s escapism into an image: it’s a voyage of discovery.
His Instagram posts include lovely little snippets of information – for example, beside the striking shot of the Binnel Bay Harbour Remains he provides us with this: ‘In 1880 German industrialist William Spindler moved to St Lawrence and attempted at enormous expense to build a harbour. Of course it all had done by hand and shovel with an army of labourers. But it was destroyed by a storm before it could ever be used. I love this spot.’.
St Catherine’s Lighthouse.
The ‘Diamond of the South’ the Isle of Wight. The UK’s holiday island was once a favourite retreat for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert who once said that it reminded them of the ‘Bay of Naples’. The ever-enduring island has year round appeal to those who visit with it’s unique charm and many characteristics not found on the mainland.
Discover the Isle of Wight with Let’s Travel on our Experience day tour from London. Prices from £45 per person.
Visiting The Needles and Needles Battery, Tennyson Down, Godshill, Cowes and an optional visit to Osborne House.
To book visit our website today.
Photo Credits: Neil Williams ©