Sunday, 30 September 2012

Ancient Temple, Hard Stuff & a Door to Die For

"Lanna Chedi" is the title of my first image for today. This is the majestic temple of "Wat Chedi Liam"  which was one of the wats (temples) in the ancient Thai city of Wiang Kum Kam, now part of the city of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. The temple was built c.1287 and is still in use to this day, Monks still reside there. The Chedi itself is a five-tiered design and construction that's common with the early Lanna period ('Lanna' rule refers to the period AD 1259-1558).

 Not a surprise to find that image two is called "Rocks & Sand". A simple shot that's actually visually powerful. No sky. No trees. No greenery. Four layers filling the image top to bottom and from side to side : Sand, Rock, Concrete & Chalk. That's it. Hard imagery at it's best.

Last image for today is titled "Lamphun Gateway". Pretty impressive huh! This awesome looking door and gate is a section of an ornamental wall that forms part of the "Queen Chamadevi Monument" in the town of Lamphun in the north of Thailand. Queen Chamadevi founded Lamphun as the capital of the Haripunchai kingdom in the 9th century. Not far from the town's main market there is a statue of the Queen (offerings are still left to this very day), this ornate and beautiful stone doorway sits behind that statue. There are many legends about the Lanna Queen "Chamadevi". Apparently she was a strikingly beautiful woman who endured many personal misfortunes. More information about the Queen can be found here :- Queen Chamadevi

All Photography © Justin Hill

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Light Fantastic, Dark Defense and Due West

"Seafront Shelter" is image number one for today. On the far eastern end of Brighton seafront (not far from the Marina) you will find and area called "Dukes Mound" and the "Kemp Town Slopes". It is thought that Sir Joseph Paxton (1803-1865) an English gardener and architect, best known for designing The Crystal Palace developed the terraced walks along the seafront in 1828. A few of the structures on the seafront have always baffled me. They look  as if they were once very grand but now stand forlorn, worn and empty whilst staring out to sea. I have discovered whilst trawling through the internet that a couple of these buildings on the terraces were in fact a gardener's house and also a policeman's house (apparently the policeman would allow non residents access if they were appropriately attired. I have no idea what this structure was once used as or for at all but it makes for a great image! This was shot at 19:40 pm just as the sky was beginning to darken, the orange pedestrian lighting was casting a great light over everything and forming wonderful shadows. "Dukes Mound" is notoriously unsafe at night, full of undesirables and other types that I shall not go into here for the sake of decency. I didn't hang around, it was a case of setting up the camera and tripod roughly as I wanted them beforehand and then get in, shoot and get out again. I do however think it was worth it. I love this image.

"To The Wire" is today's second image. A very simple but highly effective image. This was shot up on "Mount Pleasant" overlooking the village of Ovingdean, near Brighton on the south coast of England. On the far left you can see the English Channel helping to form a flat and perfect horizon. The silhouetted barbed wire helps lead the eye into the wild grass and rough field on the right.

Last one from me today is called "Morley Street". A view looking West over Morley Street from Ashton Rise in the city of Brighton, England. It's not the greatest shot ever taken but t does have something about it that I like...I'm not quite sure what but there's definitely something appealing there. Sun flare, shadows, silhouettes, bouncing light etc all combine to make an interesting image.

All Photography © Justin Hill

Friday, 28 September 2012

A Blazing Bed, A Hypnotic Front & Lines

"Park Flowerbed" is my first image for today. Suan Buak Haad Park sits on the South West corner of the ancient and historical old moated city of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. It's a place of relaxation and tranquility. Large ponds are full of fish that make the water "boil" when you feed them, food stalls sell Thai snacks and drinks alongside vendors that rent out rolled up mats for you to lay out on the grass and lounge upon. There's a running track that surrounds the park that has a constant stream of joggers throughout the day and a tarmac sporting area in one corner where many Thai's play a traditional game of Sepak takraw with a rattan ball. This flower bed was neatly laid out to the north of the park, it was ablaze with color as it soaked up the hot sun.I captured this shot on February 5th 2011 during the weekend of the annual Chiang Mai Flower Festival.

"Bands of Light" is the obvious title for image two. It's a unique and very different shot of the famous Victorian Iron arches and promenade that run along Madeira Drive on the seafront of Brighton, on the south coast of England. My black and white processing techniques are not usually this heavy but I felt I could get away with a rather starker and more brutal treatment with this image as the lighting and perspective seemed to lend itself to it. It was quite creepy wandering about down there on my own. Nobody was out at all as the weather had taken a turn for the worst and there were dark recesses and corners everywhere I looked.

"Telephone Line" is my last image for today. High up on the hill in the village where I live there's farmland and a long pathway that runs all the way to Woodingdean. I was up there a week or so ago when I captured this image as a storm was starting to form and sweep in. To the right of the image you can see the lights of Woodingdean on the south coast of England.

All Photography © Justin Hill

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Meditation, Nobody in Sight and Goods

"Turquoise Karma" is the first image for today. Quiet, tranquil and very peaceful. This statue sits with it's back to a lake in he temple complex of Wat Umong in the city of Chiang Mai , northern Thailand. Wat Umong is located against the mountains of Doi Suthep and is just outside the city center. The temple itself was built in 1297 by King Manglai of the Lan Na dynasty. The entire complex consists of 37.5 rai (15 acres) of wooded grounds. It's nickname is the "The Forest Wat" (Wat is Thai for temple).  The wat is famous for its ancient tunnels and large stupa.  These tunnels were supposedly built by the King and painted with bush scenes so they could keep a famous but mentally deranged monk within the grounds of the monastery as he had a habit of just wandering off into the bush for days on end. Wat Umong is unique in that the resident monks live in a very natural setting, and occasionally feed the deer that live in the area. Information and some of the text here from Wikipedia . I have been to this temple many many times as my step daughter love to go in the tunnels as well as feed the fish, turtles, and ducks in the large pond.

Because of the immense lack of people in this shot I decided to title it "Sans Tourisme". Brighton's distinct and very unique seafront look was mainly down to the 1800's and Victorian designs. As with most Victorian design ironwork was the main feature which is why many of the original Victorian structures and elements still exist to his day.

On this particular day it was cold , wet and windy and I found myself down on the promenade and seafront without any tourists or locals in sight. It was a rare opportunity for me to try and capture the Victorian feel of Brighton on the south coast of England.

"Warehouse" is the last image from me today. I like this shot. There's something very pleasing about the composition, lines and low buildings. At the time of capturing the image I wasn't sure if it would work or not. In fact I very nearly skipped taking it altogether but then decided to "give it a go" anyway and was pleasantly surprised when I got back, uploaded the shots and started to process them. This one seemed to stand out for some reason. I also like the fact that the only color other than the blue of the sky and sea water is the splash of red that the cap on the metal post provides. The shot is of goods bays & warehouses at Shoreham Harbor on the south coast of England.

All Photography © Justin Hill

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Tradtional, Devoid of Color, Towards the light & Looking Through History

Before I tell you about this image I want to state very clearly that I did not take this photograph. Unfortunately it's not my work and the full name, address and contact of the studio that did take it is respectfully at the bottom of this post. The Thai woman in this image is 'Bim'. We met in the northern city of  Chiang Mai, Thailand, became partners and then got married a few years ago. 'Bim' is my wife. It was her idea for us to go the this photo studio / parlor for a traditional Lanna style Thai dress session. It was actually quite a laugh and far better than I thought it would be. Anyway, this is a shot that I particularly like from the session that I thought i'd share with you all.

Studio details are :-
Chaiya Photography Studio
104/1 Chaiya Studio
Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
Changklan Road
Chiang Mai 50100
Ph: 081 602 3456

"Cabin Fever" is image two for today and it was taken by me (unlike image one). Why are most (if not all) yachts and boats white? Is it a visibility thing when out at sea? If it is to do with visibility then I'm surprised that all boats are not bright orange or dayglo yellow as a white boat on choppy seas that produce white wave crests must be hard to spot. I have been told that they are painted white because white reflects radar better which is the opposite of why most military ships are painted grey because grey does not reflect radar that well. I don't know if that's true or not. Anyway...these white boats were photographed at Brighton's huge and famous marina on the south coast of England. The water was very still and calm.

Image three is "The Right Path". Shot late afternoon / early evening on the south coast of England as I was wandering from Cuckmere Haven back up the hill towards the cliff top car park. It was more an afterthought sort of shot at the time but the image itself caught me out once I'd processed it. I thought it was very striking and powerful.

You get an extra image today because image one was a photograph I did not take. "Choir Vestry Window" is image 4. This is the large window in the choir vestry of St Nicolas Church in Shoreham , Sussex, England. The church itself is an amalgamation of construction work through the ages with Saxon, Norman, 13th Century and 14th Century sections. This window however is n a section of the church that's 'modern'.  The windows catalogued as NChE NC1 but I am having difficulty in finding out when it was made or put in. As far as I can tell its age is between  1851 & 1882.

All Photography © Justin Hill

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

My Thai 'Ban', a House for Heroes & Solitude

"Second Home". Something a little different from me today. I am often posting images of my home town of Brighton on the south coast of England but when I am not living there I am living up in the mountains of Northern Thailand. Here's an image that I captured on March 21st 2011 from my father-in-law's field. It's of the village of Ban Dong in a region called Omkoi in the Province of Chiang Mai. Ban Dong is our village, it's my second home, "Ban" is Thai for village or town. Over the brow of that small hill and in among the palms and  bamboo trees is our house. It an idyllic real working Thai mountain village. The nearest city is that of Chiang Mai which is a good two and a half hour drive north, an hour and a half of which is a winding, dipping, rising, switchback mountain road. I love this village.

Google Earth Ref :-  17°47'59.14"N  98°22'2.43"E

External Links :- Omkoi District & Omkoi

Second image for today is the "Lifeboat Station". Shoreham Lifeboat Station is situated on Kingston Beach on the Brighton Road in Shoreham By Sea, West Sussex, England. Over its 140 year history Shoreham Harbour lifeboat crew have been presented with over 20 awards for gallantry. In 2010 the station was rebuilt so it could accommodate its new Tamar class lifeboat (Tamar Class). The station is an "Explore" station which means it's open to the public all year and offers free access to look around.

"Hello, Loneliness" is my third and final image of today. One solitary figure of a woman sits in a very empty and deserted Queens Park within the city of Brighton on the south coast of England. I was surprised to find the park devoid of owners walking their dogs & children playing. Just this one lonely girl, sitting, staring at the park clock tower, doing nothing.

All Photography © Justin Hill

Monday, 24 September 2012

Mirrored Wheels, Cargo Ships and Subways

Image one is "Time to Reflect". Everyone (including myself) was down on the beach and grabbing shots of the pier and the sunset. I turned to see a vision of the Brighton Wheel and seafront reflecting off the wet shimmering sand. I looked around and realised that everyone was facing out to sea. Nobody was taking any shots of the reflected wheel and front. would have been rude not to wouldn't it?

"Emsmoon" is image two. Shoreham Harbor on the south coast of England plays host to many big ships. They load up and drop off their precious cargo throughout the year. The day I went down there the sun was out and blazing hot. Many were on the beach sunbathing and children were playing in the water and by the waters edge. It seemed to me to be a strange place to try to relax. The lapping of water, sun on you skin, laughter of children playing and the clanking of ships being loaded and klaxons and horns going off each time one was pulling out to sea. Not much of a view either...unless of course you happen to be a photographer.

Last image for today is "Green Way". The subway that goes under the main coast road at Ovingdean used to be run down, dark, smelly and an altogether unpleasant way to get to the cliff tops and beach on the south coast of England. It's recently been painted and renovated to make it a more bearable and safer place. This is a view looking north with the coastal exit behind me. The title is a play on words as the road it leads to in Ovingdean village is called Greenways.

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Sunday, 23 September 2012

A Back-lit Buddha, Three in a Bed and an English Beach

The first image for today is titles "Karmic Silhouette". Image This is a shot from inside a smaller building within the Wat Phra Singh temple complex in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. I love wandering around these Thai temples, they are rich in color and decoration, highly ornate with their carvings and architecture and above all such peaceful places to escape from the noise and mayhem of the city and life in general.

Shot number two is rather unusual and called "Then There Were Three". I stopped to photograph these as they looked very unusual to me. I am used to seeing individual stones and grave placements but have never seen three together like this before. They are located in the churchyard of St Nicolas's Church in Shoreham, Sussex, England.

Last image from me today is called "Wooden Breakwater". This is not the beach at Brighton but another non-sandy thick pebbled beach further along the coast of England. Eastbourne sits a 40 minute drive east of Brighton (approximately 25 miles), it has the very scenic and terrifyingly high "Beachy head" (the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, rising to 162 m or 530 ft) just to it's west. On the day I traveled there the weather took a turn for the worse and it was wet, windy and cold. Thankfully the weather conditions helped me to get this rather bleak and dramatic shot.

All Photography © Justin Hill

Saturday, 22 September 2012

A Real Sleepy Hollow

Like something straight out of a Tim Burton film this tree can be found in Preston Park just as you are entering Brighton from the London Road (South coast of England). Very creepy and malevolent it seems to be reaching out to claim souls as they walk past! The tree in question is actually a very rare English elm (Ulmus procera), it's one of the 'Preston Twins' - widely considered the largest and oldest Elm trees in the world. I love it. Perfect for Halloween.
Spooky Tree
Spooky Tree by Justin_Hill
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Landing at Chiang Mai International Airport - 2005

Ok so I'm a late starter but today I have just uploaded my first You Tube video. I have (over the years) amassed various clips of film that I shot whilst out in Thailand and will be adding more film to my account as and when. Thought I'd tell you all as I'm a tad excited.

Sundown, Tea & Some Deep Thinking

My first image for today is titled "Sol". It was another case of right time, right place. Admittedly I'd headed down to the beach and pier as I knew the day was coming to a close and that the sun would be dropping in the West. One of my favorite times to be out with my camera is during that strange transition between day and night. What I had not banked on or expected was that the sea would be so far out. Normal tides in Brighton (on the south coast of England) don't recede so far out, it's extremely rare to get a glimpse of sand at the best of times. So I was blown away by this vast expanse of shimmering and reflective sand. The pier looked very strange standing on it's spindly little legs, it was practically naked without the sea wrapped around it. I'd wandered around a while taking shots and that's when I turned around and saw this. Perfect!

"The Steyning Tea Rooms" is the quaint title of image two. Steyning is a small town in the Horsham District of West Sussex, England and has existed since the Anglo-Saxon times. Even though it's a relatively small town Steyning has four pubs, an Indian restaurant and a wine bar. Sir Laurence Olivier, the renowned actor, had a home near Steyning where he died in 1989 at the age of 82.

Last image from me today is "Fantasia". On the end of Brighton's famous Victorian Pier there's a fun fair. It has a few thrill seeking rides, some old standards and a few especially for children.The "Fantasia" is for young children, it's a mini train ride that goes around and up and down and around and up and down and around and up etc etc. I liked the colors and the glow that it was emitting as the sky started to bruise and the electric blue of our atmosphere was beginning to give way to the blackness of night. So I set up my tripod and camera in a good spot and went to take the shot and then stopped doing what I was doing quickly. A couple had decided that the perfect place to stop and look at the the ride would be way away from it but directly in front  of my camera ... about two feet away, blocking all the view completely. So I waited...and waited. They moved and I set about getting the shot once more and stopped quickly. What seemed to me to be several hundred (probably only about 20 though) foreign student all with backpacks thought it would be the perfect time to walk in front of the camera, as slowly as they could whilst all shouting at the same time at each other. stopping. Starting. Stopping again. Running back. Shouting some more etc. I waited...and waited. I heard some laughing and noticed a member of staff from the pier watching me trying to get my shot. Whilst I was waiting and playing this ritual game of "When can I take my shot?" it struck me just what it was I was trying to photograph. The vision in front of me was of many happy young children excited to go on the ride which was counteracted by the vision of many miserable looking parents and guardians who were visibly bored out of their skulls. Not a single adult was smiling anywhere, not one. i thought it a shame that they too were once happy, smiling, laughing children and it made me wonder where all that happiness and excitement had gone over the years. Is it knocked out of us as adults? Are we too grown up to have fun anymore? Are we afraid to be seen to be having fun for fear of being branded "Children"? I have no answer. By the time I'd thought that the way was clear ahead of me so I grabbed the shot and moved on. It did however leave me with one other thought and feeling...about myself. I am more than happy to be branded a "child" or "immature" or even an "idiot" if that means I am smiling, laughing and still have a sense of wonder in the world. That makes me well off and a far better person than all the miserable looking adults and "grownups" that I saw out that night. Maturity is not what it's cracked up to be at all!

All Photography © Justin Hill

Friday, 21 September 2012

A Stunning View, a Bergman Booster and a Field of Color

"Friston Forest". This is a spectacular view looking at the River Cuckmere and the huge sprawling Friston Forest from "High & Over" near the town of Seaford on the south coast of England. Friston Forest is 3,000 acres of dense woodland. I'd like to give special mention to Paul T Beard and give thanks for giving me directions to this wonderful scenic viewpoint.

Image two is titled "Power". It's a dramatic shot of a power terminal and booster aerial post on "Mount Pleasant" between the village of Ovingdean and Woodngdean in Sussex, England. The sky and lighting was just right for me to catch the entire scene in silhouette. Because I was down on the path and the terminal was raised up on the grass rise of the hill I was able to get a classic 1940's type perspective that was reminiscent of the films of Ingmar Bergman.

As an extra treat I also managed to capture something that I only noticed when processing this shot. If you look halfway up the aerial post, on the right hand side you can clearly see the silhouette of a large woodpecker.

Last image for today has the simple title of "Yellow". Rapeseed (Brassica napus) is apparently a bright yellow flowering member of the mustard or cabbage family. According to Wikipedia "The name derives from the Latin for turnip, rāpa or rāpum, and is first recorded in English at the end of the 14th century. Older writers usually distinguished the turnip and rape by the adjectives round and long(-rooted) respectively". It is also the third largest source of vegetable oil in the world. This field was between Falmer and Woodingdean (England) and stretched for miles.

All Photography © Justin Hill

Thursday, 20 September 2012

An Eerie Moment, End of an Arm & a Secure Trio

Image one for today is called "Mood Steps". I love this shot. I have no idea why but I love this shot. It's got a serious feel and mood to it that I cannot put my finger on. Something or other fell in place and it all came together without me even realising it. The was shot across the River Cuckmere at Cuckmere Haven near Heathfield in East Sussex, England. In the distance you can just make out the beginnings of the mighty Friston Forest. I was going to crop out my shadow in the water (bottom centre) but decided toleave it in as it lined up with the old wooded steps on the opposite bank and seemed to add a sinister edge to the image. Happy accident.

"Float Fishing Only" is image number two. I captured this image at the far end of the Western arm of Brighton Marina. the largest Marina complex in Europe and one of the largest in the world. It covers 127 acres, and extends 1,100 yards along the bottom of the cliffs at Black Rock, to the east of Brighton and over 600 yards into the sea. Way back in 1971 huge reinforced concrete cassions (a retaining, watertight structure used, for example, to work on the foundations of a bridge pier, for the construction of a concrete dam, or for the repair of ships) weighing 600 tonnes each were constructed on site and put into place by an enormous 600 tonne crane. I remember going down there with my parents and seeing these huge concrete drums standing there waiting to be placed in the sea. By 1973 the last of these cassions of the West Breakwater were in place and by 1977 the structure of the Marina was finished and the berths for the boats were being put in. In 1978 HM The Queen opened the Marina.

Last image is "Better Safe Than Sorry". I hope they don't lose their keys! Something tells me that someone is a little paranoid about safety and unwanted guests. I was just surprised to see the slight overkill off locks on this metal door. It wasn't a door to a house or garage. It wasn't a door to a shed or cellar. It was a door to an old 1930's designed beach hut on undercliff walk on the seafront at Saltdean in Sussex, England. I suppose with it being down there and out of the way from prying eyes it's also easy pickings for the criminally minded so security is of a must and highly essential. It made me think and wonder though about how one simple little lock and it's corresponding key changed they way things would be done forever. Wooden locks and keys were in use as early as 4,000 years ago in Egypt. It is also said that the key was invented by Theodore of Samos in the 6th century BC. From that point onward possessions would be more secure, you could leave things in a secure box or room and know pretty much that htey'dstill be there when you got back. Nowadays unfortunately that does not seem to hold true. Cars are stolen within seconds, safes are broken into and many houses and burgled with ease. But that simple little lock and key can still hold them back for a while.

All Photography © Justin Hill

The New York Through The Lens Store

I have not featured anyone else's work or stores for some time so I thought I'd put that right today by introducing you to some wonderful artwork that's available at The New York Through The Lens Store. It features superb photography by Vivienne Gucwa shot in and around New York City . The black and white images are particularly striking and have a somewhat timeless feel to them. So please find the time to visit her online store and take in some views of the Big Apple. Vivienne Gucwa can also be found on Twitter here :-  Vivienne's Twitter and on Google Plus here :- Vivienne's Google+

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

A Street View, A Bleak View and a Metal River

The "Toy and Model Museum" is my first image for today. I'm never quite sure where the divide is between a bridge becoming a tunnel or a tunnel being a bridge. Sometimes it's screamingly obvious. If there a hole in a cliff face cutting through to the other side then it's a tunnel, if you are driving a car over a river then it's a bridge. Not sure what this is in this image. A road over a road must surely be both tunnel and bridge ... ah well. This is a view of Brighton Train Station looking up from from Frederick Place. Below you can see the open doorway of the "Toy and Model Museum" and above that the huge iron work and supports that the Victorian age was famous for. On top of that the large windows provide daylight for a Taxi rank and part of the train station concourse. You can just make out part of the train station's glass canopy roof through the windows.

Image two is titled "Wetlands". Here's a very moody shot looking West over part of the river and some marshland at Cuckmere Haven in Sussex, England. The sun was starting to get lower in the evening sky and was drenching everything in some very stark light. I knew I'd get a dramatic shot if I got close to the waters edge and reasonably low. The colors were vivid and lush but I decided to process this image as a black and white as it looked far more powerful like this.

Last shot for today is "Wild River". Over the last 25 years or so the end of Brighton Pier which opened on 20th May 1899 has seen some huge changes. They widened the end considerably and what used to be an old Victorian theatre and fishing area is now a fun fair. The "Wild River" is one of the rides on the end of the pier. For some unknown reason the lights were on but the ride was not operational the night I grabbed this image. This did mean however that I was able to get a shot without tourists, day trippers and holiday makers getting in the way of the shot! 

All Photography © Justin Hill 

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Dancing Shadows, A Victorian Box and the Seaside

Image one for today is "Everybody Is The Same Inside". I loved the light pouring through this small group of trees. The greens looked almost neon, they were so vivid. The shadows were dancing around on the grass as the leaves and branches played with them in the wind. The silhouetted trunks added a little mystery and fantasy. This was shot in the village of Falmer on the outskirts of Brighton, England.

"The Signal Box" is image two. This is the old signal box located in the harbor town of Newhaven on the south coast of England. It was designed by Victorian signalling contractors "Saxby and Farmer" and was opened in 1879. It controlled the railway traffic by using a 24 lever frame. In 1953 the box got a replacement lever frame from the Three Bridges signalbox in Crawley and that is the current frame still in use today!

"By The Beautiful Sea" is he last of today's images. This is how Brighton should look and be every single day. It was a seaside town and it's now a seaside city. It has been a hotspot for tourists and day trippers for a couple of centuries (if not longer). Unfortunately a lot of the time the sun does not grace us with it's presence , the clouds are grey and gloomy and more often than not the seafront is being thrashed by wind and rain. On this day is was an absolute holiday makers dream. Hot sun, cool sea, fish & chips stalls, jellied eel stalls, ice cream stalls etc. I was born and bred in this wonderful place and it's still home to me whenever I am in the UK.

All Photography © Justin Hill

Thailand Album and Store

I thought I'd do something a little different today before posting my three images for the day. So here's a link to my Google Plus Thailand Album : Thailand which features many photographs taken within the Kingdom.

Many of my Thai photographs are also available as various products and cards within my Photography Store here :- J.L.Hill's Photography

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Monday, 17 September 2012

Reflected Clouds, a Walkway and a Curve

First image for today is called "Mercurial River". This is a view looking South West across the river at Cuckmere Haven in Sussex, England. The color of the river seems to change with each and every look depending on natural light and what angle you are viewing it from. In places it was a muddy brown, in others it was almost black and foreboding and here it was an absolute vision and reflecting the clouds and sky with perfect precision whilst taking on the look of a silvery mercury river.

"The Other Side" is image two. At the end of Hove Park Villas in Hove (Sussex England) you will find this old and curious walkway that leads up and over the railway lines and to the main building of the station. The station itself was built from the mid to late 1800's, additional structures and extensions have been added over time. On this particular day the sunlight was very strong and made for a very moody looking image.

Last one from me today is titled "Up Around The Bend".I am always surprised with just how much faith we put into man made structures sometimes. These spindly and rusting metal frames hold up a track that supports a small roller coaster ride on the end of Brighton Pier on the south coast of England. They themselves stand on reinforced wooden planking that forms the deck of the pier.
The deck of the pier is supported by huge iron "legs" and struts that were built in the 1800's and are encrusted with mussels and seaweed and are under constant bombardment from the sea. So what we end up with is a tower of different constructions built over a huge period of time on which we are only happy to hurtle around on at speed, negotiating tight bends and looping the loop . If you ask me that's all a little bit crazy!

All Photography © Justin Hill

Sunday, 16 September 2012

A Slippery Shot, A Classic Design & A Door

"Alien Landscape" is my first image for today. This was shot out on the slippery rocks at Cuckmere Haven in Sussex on the South Coast of England. As you follow the cliff face into the distance you can see it dip revealing the grass as it starts to rise up again towards Beachy Head at Eastbourne. That dip is Birling Gap, another beauty spot and highly scenic area. If you get your timing right you can walk along the beach from Cuckmere to Birling Gap when the tide is out. It's not something that i'd like to try, if timing is wrong it's then a race against time to get there before the sea rises and starts to hammer away at the chalk wall of the cliffs. The slip slide back to the pebble beach was equally as treacherous after I'd grabbed this shot!

"St John the Baptist" is image number two.This Roman Catholic Church stands proud in a very nondescript road in Kemptown in Brighton (England). It was the first Roman Catholic church built in Brighton after restrictions on Catholic worship were removed by the process of Catholic Emancipation in the early 19th century. It was consecrated on 7 July 1835 and opened on 9 July 1835. Maria Fitzherbert (a twice-widowed Catholic who began a relationship with the Prince Regent and secretly married him in 1785) died in 1837 and was buried at the church. A memorial stone and sculpture were placed in the nave.

Last image for today is called "Porte". An unusual looking door with a rather nautical feel to it. Hardly surprising really as this is the door to Shoreham Lifeboat station on the south coast of England. I like this image as it's full of shapes, curves and lines and divides itself up neatly so it's pleasing to the eye. The rule of thirds is a rule that I try to break but often and unwittingly seem to adhere too. At the time of capturing the shot I simply made sure the door was as central as possible and grabbed the image. It was only once I got back and started the processing procedure that I noticed just how balanced everything was.

All Photography © Justin Hill