Such images have an eerie, unnatural quality that allows the eye to see the world in a unfamiliar and revealing way.
The juxtaposition of these complex, intricate man-made structures and the natural forces of sea and sky, slowed down to a dead stop by the camera, evoke feelings of emptiness, loneliness, abandonment and desolation.
It’s as if these structures were built long ago, then forsaken by creatures long since disappeared.
As climate change frog-marches mankind inexorably towards his incipient, self-engineered doom, the supposed superiority of the human intellect allows us to foresee a future Planet Earth where the species homo sapiens no longer resides.
Having selfishly driven so many other species to extinction before him, mankind is unmasked as the architect of his own demise, undone by his own greed and shortsightedness, leaving behind a planet which can no longer support his form of life but which retains, for just a few moments longer than man himself, the impermanent structures that he built.
What arrogance, what folly for man to build wooden structures out into the water, for no purpose other than his own amusement, and to delude himself that they will withstand the relentless forces of the ocean and the wind. They will inevitably fall, as mankind himself is set to fall.
I have a feeling it might look a lot like these images.
This is the aptly named Folly Pier.