Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Spooky Ride, Spooky Tree & Spooky Heads

"Horror Hotel" :- I thought I'd post this image today seeing as it's October 31st and therefore Hallow'een. This is the "Horror Hotel" on the end of Brighton Pier , England. There's been a "Ghost Train" type ride situated on this site for as long as I can remember. It's changed its look over the years and now looks better than ever from the outside complete with Frankenstein's Monster by the Ticket Kiosk. The ride itself is the standard  "Ghost Train" ride of old, you st in a small car / carriage on a track and it trundles you around in the dark for a few minutes with the odd plastic model inside accompanied by some sounds and sirens etc. Before you know it you're back out in daylight and disembarking wondering what t was all about. However, It's still a bit of seaside fun and the place wouldn't be the same without it.

"Nothing to Fear" :- A spooky looking winter tree  overlooks a large farmers field called "Ewe Bottom" just off Braypool Lane near Patcham which is a suburb of Brighton on the south coast of England. I'd wandered across several fields to get to a monument called the "Chattri" in order to take a few photographs. I'd meticulously planned the trip looking on Google maps (satellite view) so I knew where to drive and which paths to take when I got there so I'd find it easily. What maps do not show you is what use the fields are put to so I was quite surprised and shocked to find myself at one point in a field full of young Bulls who all seemed to turn and look at me at the same time. I was eager to get across and over the fence as quickly as I could which ended up being quicker than expected due to me having to run the last several hundred meters as a few of the bulls thought they'd trot after me. After photographing the monument I was not looking forward to the prospect of having to cross the same bull infested field so looked for another way back to the car. Having crossed through a large sheep field (sticking to the fence so as not to disrupt anything) I eventually came out on a lower farm road and was walking back in safety when I spotted this tree.

"Headroom" :- Rubber "Horror" masks, loads of them. Hanging from the ceiling of a shop in St James's Street that was called "MAGIC". I say 'was' because I drove past a week or so ago only to discover that the store is now standing empty, the giant ventriloquist head that adorned the front of the building above the entrance has gone and all traces of Magic have vanished away. A real case of "Now you see it, now you don't" and a sad reminder that recession and the times we live in are a constant struggle. While I was taking the shots (I did obviously ask permission first) I got talking to the man behind the counter and apparently all of these incredible masks were hand made and imported from .... Mexico. That did surprise me! They ranged in price from £30 ($48.31) to £95 ($153) some were more expensive than that but I wasn't brave enough to ask their price!

All Photography © Justin Hill

Whitesnake 8th March 1984

Whitesnake 8th March 1984 :- I had already developed a huge liking for noise. Rock bands were my favourite of all although I did listen to most types of music and loved listening to a vast majority of live concerts. Back in the 80's there were still some huge names touring and fortunately for me my home own was on the map so they came my way! I saw Whitesnake on their dubiously named Slide It In tour at the Brighton Centre on the 8th March 1984. My hair was getting longer and I was now at art college...

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Not Seaworthy, Old Defenses & Childhood Memories

"Thunderbird Four" :- This is a view looking across the River Adur at Shoreham (Sussex, England). This part of the river is an odd mixture of sea worthy vessels and half sunken wrecked boats. Wooden ribs of  old rowing boats jut out of the river bank mud here and there, a row of old houseboats line the other side of the river and some boats actually float in a way that they were designed for.

"Multi Levelled" :- Taken from the top of the promenade along Marine Parade in Brighton on the south coast of England. From this angle you can clearly see that Brighton once stood (and still does) on the edge of a cliff. The road (Madeira Drive) that you see at the bottom would have once, 150 years ago or more been covered in sea water from the English Channel. In order to preserve the cliffs and stop half of Brighton crumbling into the sea the chalk face was encased in concrete (around 1795) ensuring the coastal road and regency housing would remain safe. The famous cast iron railings were added later on as were the terraces and steps that you can see half way down. The large concrete and stone groynes were built along the beach to alter the flow of sea water and reduce erosion and from what I have been told the beach is 15 feet deep with pebbles which help stop the sea from coming over the road. A more in depth history of the development and road can be found here :- Madeira Drive History

Queen's Park in Brighton (England) was inspired by Regent's Park in London, it was designed by an architect named Charles Galloway and opened in 1825. This is the park where I used to play as a child. This is where I learned to ride a bicycle, sailed toy boats on the lake, made camps and climbed trees. It's hardly changed at all since those days and still brings back many memories when I wander around there. I had a couple of school friends that lived right on the edge of the park, Mr Philip Reeve lived in Tower Road and Mr Tab Hunter lived in Barry Walk. I am still in touch with both of them. Ah...those were the days!

All Photography © Justin Hill

Hanging Out with Jeff Goldblum

I often take part in Google Plus hangouts and am privileged to be one of the few that can jump into the MyFOXLA celebrity hangouts hosted by the wonderful Maria Quiban. Yesterday was one of those epic hangouts when a seriously "A list" celeb joined us for an informal chat and laugh. So I thought i'd post the YouTube recording of the Jeff Goldblum hangout that we all took part in yesterday. The man's a legend and such a great guy.

Marillion 2nd March 1984

Marillion 2nd March 1984 :- And here began the start of a very long love affair with a band called Marillion. I'd played their first album "Script for a Jester's Tear" so much that I'd worn it out, I knew it word for word and note for note. So as soon as their 2nd album "Fugazi" was released I'd rushed out and bought it...and it didn't disappoint. Then they announced their tour dates for the Fugazi Tour and joy upon joys Brighton was on the list! To this day I still get shivers and tingle with the memories of seeing this band in the early 80's, singing along with the crowd, bouncing up and down to the bouncy bits and drifting on the soulful sounds and heartfelt lyrics. The singer Fish was a genius, the guitarist Steve Rothery was phenomenal. They blew me away...

Monday, 29 October 2012

Moody Blues, Crossed Paths & The Unknown

"The Plough at Night" :- A late evening shot of the "Plough Inn" as viewed across the village pond in Rottingdean, Sussex, England. The ducks were all bedded down for the night and asleep on their island so the water lay still and undisturbed acting as a perfect mirror to the tranquil scene. Traditional English pubs and Inns are few and far between in the town and city centers nowadays. However,there are still many out in the villages that are somehow managing to survive (just about).

"Any Which Way" :- This looks like a rather odd thing to do to a pathway across a wide lawn until I explain to you where it is. This is the lawn of a building that used to be called St Dunstan's in the village of Ovingdean. It recently underwent a name change and is now better known as "Blind Veterans UK". Now the rails along the pathway make more sense.

"A Shot In The Dark" :- I know I shouldn't say this about my own shot but I think this image is superb. I don't mean that in a smug way or show off sense, just purely as a striking image which oozes atmosphere and danger. Fear of the unknown is probably one of the greatest fears of all and this image seems to convey exactly that. This is the pedestrian and bicycle tunnel near Brighton Marina that leads up and down between Madeira Drive and Marine Drive on Brighton seafront (England).

All Photography © Justin Hill

Judie Tzuke 10th October 1983

Judie Tzuke 10th October 1983:- I appear to have calmed down somewhat in 1983. I must have been exploring other sounds and styles as the next gig I attended was by Judie Tzuke. I was at 6th form college at the time and my friend "Loz" suggested that we grab a couple of tickets and go and see her 'live' at the Dome in Brighton, so we did. From what I remember we sat throughout the entire concert wearing our leather jackets! Ah the joys of youth...

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Visible Centuries, Moody Doorway & Tranquility

"Saint Nicolas" :- I stumbled upon this church in Shoreham, Sussex, England quite by accident. I was actually driving down towards the river, harbor and beach in order to take some photographs when I noticed this magnificent looking structure poking through the trees. I immediately took action and turned left, following my nose in the hope that I would find how to get to the church. A few minutes later I'd parked and was walking through the gateway and into the churchyard. It was the tower that caught my attention, I don't think I have seen a church tower designed like that in the UK, it looked very Mediterranean to me, almost Spanish. It turns out that the church is an amalgamation of styles and construction work carried out over the centuries. Its humbled beginnings started off in Saxon times (there may have been a wooden church on the site from c700) and was then added to by the Normans. The 13th and 14th Centuries also saw more work being carried out and added and eventually modern times came along and added the finishing touches thus claiming most of the glory.

"Rope" :- An old Victorian building stands just at the side of Brighton Station on a road known as Trafalgar Arches. Even in color this place looked and felt moody and if the artful Dodger has suddenly steeped out from behind the piled up wood on the right it wouldn't have surprised me at all! I have no idea what the building was used for back in the 1800's and to be honest I have no idea what it's used for now either. The large rope coiled up intrigued me immensely.

"Sands of Time" :- Brighton's famous pier standing on glistening sand as the sun starts to set in the West. Sand is a very rare site on Brighton beach, it's usually pebbles for as far as he eye can see. This was an unusual evening as the tide had receded further out than normal and exposed a sandy bed and more of the pier and it's spindly legs than what we'd normally see. It was 19:30 pm and the air was full with the smell of salt water, sounds of gulls, children shouting and screaming with delight and a calm that cannot be described but only experienced.

All Photography © Justin Hill

Sky 17th February 1983

Sky 17th February 1983 :- By now I was now developing a serious interest in music and had bought a guitar ... an electric guitar and amplifier. I didn't know what I was doing with it, how to play it or how to learn it but I knew it was loud and that if I eventually did things right it would and could make some seriously beautiful sounds. A friend of the family played guitar and offered to give me a few lessons and starter tips. I went for it and picked things up relatively fast. He listened to music I'd not heard before by strange bands like "Yes", "Genesis", "Rush" and "King Crimson". One of the bands he listened to was playing in concert in Brighton, he asked if I wanted to go along and see some "real" musicians play. So I went along and saw Sky on their "Sky Five Live Tour" and loved every minute of it. The musicians were :- Herbie Flowers, Tristan Fry, Kevin Peek, John Williams and Steve Gray.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

New Dwellings, Towards an End & Dying Day

‎"Block of Light" :- There's a section of Brighton that used to be an old and very run down part of the city. It was warehouses, works units and wastelands full of rubbish. Within the last few years they have redeveloped the entire area and site. This shot was taken just as day was giving in to the approaching night in one of the newly developed housing sections that's off Sinclair Walk near New England Street in Brighton, England.

"Brick Path" :- As you travel towards Eastbourne from Seaford on the south coast of England you drop down a steep hill that then crosses a small bridge over the River Cuckmere before rising once again over the hills. Right before that bridge on your right hand side there's a Vintage Inn called the "Golden Galleon" which to be fair gets mixed reviews from poor to fair with the odd excellent thrown in to add to the confusion. This stone and brick pathway leads from the car park of the "Golden Galleon" and then winds it was along the banks of the river before opening out onto the end of the estuary itself, the beach and the English Channel.

"Fields of Glory" :- Some seriously wonderful shades and colors provided by mother nature in this image. This was captured on the road that leads from Woodingdean over the hills towards the village of Falmer and the Lewes Road on the outskirts of Brighton, England. I was trying to get the processing right on this one so that the fields would show enough detail without being in silhouette whilst not over-blowing the sunset or making the colors too saturated. it wasn't easy but I think I got there (just about) in the end. It's a little grainy but fortunately it adds to the overall look (I think so anyway and to be honest that's all that matters, ha ha).

All Photography © Justin Hill

Gillan 6th December 1982

Gillan 6th December 1982 :- I must have calmed down for a while after discovering live music and concerts as there appeared to be a considerable gap of one year before my next gig. However it was a great way to get back into it again as once more I had my ears blasted by the hard rock tones of Gillan on the Magic tour. Sadly this was to be their last ever tour as the band split afterwards. I still love them to this day and wish they'd get back together again and show these young rock bands how to do it!

Friday, 26 October 2012

Beach Bar, Vast Woodland & a Yellow Carpet

"Roll Up Roll Up" :- Down on Brighton seafront along the lower promenade there are many bars. When the sun is out they are jam packed with tourists and locals spilling out onto beach whilst trying to make the most of the decent weather. I caught this bar just as it was opening up (around 11:25 am) on a Saturday morning and preparing for the deluge of weekend drinkers and revelers. I loved the look of the wood and the "Roll Up" signs lit up and the fact that the bar was devoid of customers so i asked if I could take a shot and they very kindly let me. If you are ever in the area and want to find it the bar is "Brighton Music Hall", King’s Road Arches, Brighton, England.

"The Forest" :- This is a shot looking towards the East from "High & Over" on the Alfriston Rd near the town of Seaford in Sussex, England. I wish I could do "Friston Forest" justice but it's simply too big to get it all in one image. as the Forest itself  is 3,000 acres of dense woodland. At the bottom of the image you can see the River Cuckmere winding it's way down through the estuary and towards the English Channel.

"Buttercups & Daisies" :- Stanmer Park can be found along the Lewes Road just on the outskirts of Brighton, England. It was created in the 18th century by the Pelham family. It was owned by the family for 230 years up until 1947 when Brighton Corporation bought the estate. This shot was taken at the back of the park behind Stanmer Manor House. The trees are grand, aged and tall and probably have a few stories to tell if you could understand the language "tree". This wonderful carpet of  Buttercups & Daisies caught my attention and breath.

All Photography © Justin Hill

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Adam and the Ants 28th December 1981

Adam and the Ants 28th December 1981 :- Ooh I was making up for lost time. Having never been to a live gig in my life at the end of 1981 I'd seen three and was now embarking on my fourth. This time it was The Prince Charming Revue by Adam and the Ants. I can remember certain bits of was a visual treat and I am sure that it would have been an audible treat to if it wasn't for thousands of screaming girls that had helped fill the Brighton Centre. I do however have fond memories of hearing the twin drum kits belting out their synchronized thunderous rhythms. It was awesome.

Wild Imagination, Silent Marble & Alien Worlds

"Lair" :- I know I shouldn't say so myself but I love this shot. It evokes feelings of menace, mystery and the unknown. Fear and adventure are both possible destinations once you are a few steps up and around that corner. What's the source of that light flooding in? Where am I? Who's up there? Where's the Minotaur?. My imagination is that of a 10 year old when I see things like this. In reality it's a rather boring stairwell on the seafront at Rottingdean, a village on the south coast of England not too far from the city of Brighton. To the left is a wide opening that overlooks the English Channel, to the right is a solid brick wall and up those stairs and around the corner is a small terraced beer garden that serves the White Horse Hotel. I think my imaginative version is far better ...

"Distant Memory" :- In memory of the Indian Soldiers that gave their lives fighting for the British Empire in the First World War, The Chattri stands on the south downs 500 feet (150 m) above the city of Brighton, England. It's design reflects an Indian styling. It's construction is white marble from Sicily which forms the body of the memorial. That in turn  sits on a large base of grey stone which then rests on three blocks of granite. The Chattri is a tall, domed pavilion, rising to 29 feet (8.8 m).

"The Red Weed" :- Whilst I was out on the rocks securing this image I could hear the music of Jeff Wayne's "War of the Worlds" going on in my head interspersed with electronic scratchy cries of "Ooh - Laa". It made me wonder what Aliens & their worlds would really be like if we could find them and see them. Surely not the stuff of 1800's and early 1900's science fiction that we hooked onto and into. Silver suited men with odd hand signals, multi eyed machines that see in red, green and blue and robots that can deliver bottles of bourbon out of thin air can't possibly be what alien life is really like. Can it? Just because a planet or star cannot sustain a life like our does not mean that it couldn't sustain other forms of life. Life that can survive in atmospheres that are alien to us. Who knows. By the time I'd thought all of this the shot was in the camera and I, once again, had wet feet!

The Red Weed by Jeff Wayne on Grooveshark

All Photography © Justin Hill

Mortal Airships

Once in a while I like to dabble in 3D modeling and CGI (computer generated images). I use programs like Hexagon and Bryce 7 to slowly and painstakingly construct models and scenes bit by bit and then render them to produce the final image. The biggest problem for me is knowing what to make and construct. I need inspiration, an idea and something to aim for. It's very different from when I am out with my camera where images and shooting opportunities seem to jump out at me just by opening my eyes. A year or so ago it suddenly occurred to me that a good friend of mine had a wealth of inspiration for images within the books he wrote. His name is Philip Reeve and he's the author of the wonderful steam punk driven "Mortal Engines" and it's three sequels (collectively known as "The Predator Cities Quartet"), The Fever Crumb series, Goblins and many many more. So I set to work on a couple of images and thought I would share them with you here. I have posted them on other sites (and so has Mr Reeve) but for some reason I completely overlooked posting them on here, so here they are. Two images inspired by the words, worlds and ideas of Philip Reeve.

"Mortal Engines"


Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Toyah & Guests 17th December 1981

Toyah & Guests '81 :- My musical tastes were nothing but eclectic even at the young age of 15. Just days after seeing Ian Gillan and his rock band perform I was out and about once again seeing yet another live performance. this time it was at the mighty & cavernous Brighton Centre and the artist in question was non other than punk princess Toyah Wilcox on the GOOD MORNING UNIVERSE : EUROPEAN TOUR


Hanging with Michael Franti

Ooh ... it's a long time since I felt like an over excited child and I have just had an experience that's made me jump around the room as if I'm full of E numbers and artificial colorings! I often get to "hang out" on Google Plus with the Fox LA crew which means we get to talk to the celebs that drop in for the "Good Day LA" morning show. Well ... today I got to chat with Michael Franti who sings with Spearhead and was also (20 years ago) the voice behind The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy . His lyrics blew me away when I was a not so fresh faced 26 year old and I overjoyed to get to talk with him today.

Right at the end of the hangout he very kindly played us a bit of one of his songs. Seriously awesome stuff. Anyway here's the hangout in full...

Aloof Reptile, Open Frontage & Night Rails

"Lizard on Concrete" :- A bit like "Dick Dastardly" trying to catch the pigeon I was desperately trying to capture the lizard. I'd spotted it zipping about in and around our large concrete plant containers in our front yard. Stealthily creeping up on it with the camera all ready to go I moved in for the shot only for it to vanish before my eyes in a flash. Challenge on. I think it must have taken about 45 minutes before I finally managed to get the shot. It wasn't where I'd have preferred to shoot it but to be honest I don't think I had much choice and I am reasonably happy with the end result. So here it is, resting on a large concrete container in our front yard in Omkoi, high up in the mountains of Northern Thailand.

"Browns" :- Browns restaurant can be found in Duke Street , Brighton, England. It has a very 1920's and 30's look and feel to it. When the weather is pleasurable the entire front window of the restaurant opens up producing a pseudo alfresco atmosphere. It opened for business in 1973 and is situated near the beach, the famous Lanes and the main shopping center. In "Notes From a Small Island" by Bill Bryson "Browns" is recommended as an excellent place to stop in for some food and a coffee.

"Deep Purple" :- The Volk's Electric Railway ppened in Brighton (on the south coast of England) in 1883 and it is the 'world's oldest operating electric railway'. Invented by Magnus Volk the railway runs along Brighton seafront between the Brighton Pier and Black Rock (near the Marina). It's approximately one mile or 1, 609 meters in length. This image was taken around 19:30 pm at the crossing near the Yellowave Beach Sports Venue and Barefoot Cafe

All Photography © Justin Hill

My Part in Mr Reeve's Fame (a Blog within a Blog)

A while ago that wonderful author and rather jolly good fellow Philip Reeve wrote a most marvelous article and posted it in his blog. It was all about our long and lasting friendship over the years and how we influenced each other in various ways as we grew up. I have been meaning to post a link to it here on my blog for some time but have somehow or other overlooked it or not got around to it each time. So finally here's the link to Mr Reeve's fine blog :- Justin Hill - His Part in my Rise to Fame!

Photograph by Andrew Southon

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Gillan 14th December 1981

Gillan 14th December 1981:- After going to my first ever live concert in November '81 I'd got a taste for it and decided to delve a little deeper. Little did I know but I was about to see an absolute legend in one of the best rock bands about at that time. The concert was the Double Trouble Tour and the band were Gillan.

Evergreen, Morning Light & Winding Waters

"Looking In Shades of Green Through Shades of Blue" :- Shot deep in the heart of "Pooh" country. These trees are part of the Ashdown forest which is also more famously known as the "100 Acre Wood" of "Winnie The Pooh" fame. A.A.Milne lived in a farmhouse in a village called Hartfield which is very close to where I took this shot. Christopher Robin and Milne will have wandered around this area all those years ago whilst stories of Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit and Eeyore were being constructed.

"Water Wheels" :- Brighton (on the south coast of England) is famous for many things. The Royal Pavilion, it's two piers, it's Victorian, Regency and Georgian architecture, it's bohemian and cosmopolitan outlook on everything and it's beach. Unfortunately the beach is not famous for being sandy but is instead famous for its miles & miles of pebbles. As far as the eye can see. This means that tourists hop around bare feet in discomfort whilst trying to get to the waters edge, it also means that dragging any form of boat down to the sea is problematic as even with trailer wheels underneath it the weight of it all tends to sink down into the stones. This image was shot around 10:30 am on a quiet Saturday morning. A set of wheels lay in wait whilst the boat it carried to the sea races against others around several marker buoys. The remains of the west Pier stand in silence back-lit by the harsh morning light.

"The River Cuckmere" :- In order to get the shot it's often important to do what they always warn you not to do in horror films and stray off the path. Many of the tourists and sight see'ers that visit the Cuckmere estuary remain down on the paths by the side of the winding river. It does not occur to them to leave he main path and wander on the smaller worn paths up the hills and over the sheep fields. For me that was the most obvious thing to do as it meant that I instantly removed the chance of anyone photo bombing and also got a far better and more scenic and breathtaking viewpoint. So I braved a myriad of inquisitive sheep and made my way up to the top of the field whilst leaving all the other sheep masquerading as backpackers to walk along staring at each others backs, talking in a never ending torrent of inane subjects neatly oblivious to the stunning area that they were actually walking though. A move full of "Win" on my part. The Cuckmere Estuary can be found between the towns of Seaford and Eastbourne on the south coast of England, it's about a 30 minute drive East of Brighton.

All Photography © Justin Hill

Monday, 22 October 2012

O.M.D. 16th November 1981

O.M.D. 16th November 1981:- I recently discovered all the old concert tickets that I'd saved over the years and thought I'd start sharing them with you all. It's taken a few days to scan them all in but they are done and are now ready to go. We start with the very first concert that I ever attended, it was 1981, I was 15 years old and the concert was the Architecture & Morality Tour by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.

Solitude, Powerful Path & Wet Seats

"Singularity" :- Devoid of gulls, sunbathers, tourists and beachcombers I found myself completely alone and surrounded by silence on the beach at Peacehaven. I was free to wander about in my own time without children staring at me quizzically, without any adults asking if i'd "Got any good shots?" and the most important of all without some idiot walking into my shot or standing in front of the camera in a world of their own, seemingly regardless to what was going on around them. Bliss. Thanks to nobody turning up or being there I was able to sit and take my time, relax and see things as they should be which enabled me to capture this very simple but beautiful image.

"Farm Road" :- This is a narrow farm road just off the A27 near Patcham (a suburb of Brighton) in England. I was actually making my way towards a monument that is hidden away from view and was about to leave the road and brave the bull field in order to get to my required destination and photographic subject. This shot was a quickly grabbed shot with very little thought put into it, I was literally 30 seconds (if that) and then on my way again. It was only once I got back and processed it that I realized how everything in the shot fell together and had quite a dramatic look to it, especially after I'd processed it as a b&w. The clouds provide a perfect backdrop to the scene and as luck would have it a bird also thought it would photo bomb the image and in doing so helped add some interest whilst also helping to balance things up a bit more.

"The Red Bicycle" :- I have no idea why I like to photograph bicycles. I have no interest in them at all when I do not have a camera in my hand. Very strange. Anyway...these bicycles were 'parked' just outside "Churchill Square" which is Brighton's one and only shopping mall. It was grey and miserable outside as it had been raining, inside it was still miserable but at least it was dry and the grey of it all was cleverly disguised by blasting everything with headache inducing fluorescent lighting. Not a smile to be seen anywhere. Why do we do this to ourselves?

All Photography © Justin Hill

Sunday, 21 October 2012

A Merchant Deity, Coffee Sacks & Chimney Pots

"Golden Ganesh (Phra Phikanet)" :- Because Thailand is mainly a Buddhist country (nearly 95% of Thailand's population is Buddhist of the Theravada school) it shares much of it's imagery with India. Figures of Ganesh can be seen in temples, on posters and are hung around necks as pendants (I have one my wife gave me). However the Thai's have their own name for the Elephant headed multi armed deity of merchants and that name is 'Phra Phikanet'. This one can be found across a road that runs alongside Wat Lok Molee temple in the city of Chiang Mai, Thailand. At a guess it's approximately 4 feet (1.21 meters) high and very bright to look at in the harsh sunlight.

"Nine" :- Shot along "Trafalgar Arches" that runs below and parallel with Brighton Station. The entire scene almost felt like I had been transported back into the 1800's , the road and buildings have retained their Victorian look and style and the coffee bags piled up at the door added that final touch giving it a 'days gone by' feel.

"Shadow Stacks" :- The village of Rottingdean sits to the East of Brighton on the south coast of England. It has an ancient and rich history. In 1377 the village was raided by French pirates who were spotted as soon they landed. Many of the village's inhabitants retreated into the church's Saxon-built tower and the french raiders set it on fire killing everyone inside. In the 1800's Sir Edward Burne-Jones (member of the Pre-raphaelite brotherhood & painter) and his nephew Rudyard Kipling (writer of "The Jungle Book" and "Just So Stories") both had houses near the village green and pond. I spotted the shadows of the chimneys as I was on a walk around the village with my camera.

All Photography © Justin Hill

Saturday, 20 October 2012

A Dickensian Feel, A Water Pump & a Distant Isle

"Stationed Below" :- Shot on a very grey and miserable Saturday late afternoon. The light was failing very fast and everything I looked at appeared to be sulking and very moody. This building intrigues me as I had never noticed it before. It's definitely Victorian and made me think of the slum areas of Dickensian times. If you look above (top of image) you'll see there's no sky, just a mass of iron girders and thick planking. That is the underside of Brighton train station. I don't know what the building below it was used for or what it is used for now bu it's obviously still in use and still looks like it's stuck n the 1800's (apart from the neon tube lighting and modern scaffolding).

"All Mod Cons" :- Smack in the center of this image you can see an original old cast iron Victorian water pump. It stands at the side of the pond in the village of Falmer, Sussex, England. Apparently the last time it actually produced water was 1932 but up until that it was the water supply for the village.

"Sunset in the South" :- This image was shot on the road ( B2123) between Woodingdean and Falmer in Sussex, England. The view overlooks the entire city of Brighton with Shoreham and Worthing n he distance too. In fact on the evening it was perfectly clear and the atmospherics were just right which enabled the Isle of wight to show up on the horizon as well (view full sized the I.o.W. is just left of center). Smoke hangs low in some areas and lights within the city are just being switched on. This shows just how rural it is on the edges of the city. Brighton seemingly sits in a coastal bowl that's surrounded by the South downs, fields and farmland.

All Photography © Justin Hill

Friday, 19 October 2012

Seaside Stodge, Noir View & Oriental Insects

"Doughlicious" :- Early evening on Brighton's famous pier on the south coast of England. Queues for rides, queues for the toilets and queues at the food stalls. The pier becomes a blaze of electric light, color and activity once the evening gives way to the night. The smell of fish & chips, hotdogs and doughnuts mix with the sounds of screams, laughter and compressed air. It's what a seaside town should be all about!

"Staring at the Sun" :- A deep grassy ridge in the cliff top at Peacehaven on the south coast of England provides a great view of the sea. It is somewhat "heart in mouth" though as the land does drop away quickly revealing a drop that you really don't want to be experiencing. The late afternoon sun was bouncing of the surface of the water and creating a silhouette whilst still lighting up the grass in the foreground.

"Moth Drive" :- Once again my lack of knowledge regarding insects and bugs halts me from being able to tell you what type of moth this actually is. If I do find out at any point I shall rectify things by editing the title and post accordingly. I was actually meant to be bringing the washing in from drying outside on the wooden clothes airer that you can see in our driveway on the right. When left in charge of these tasks I normally have a heightened visual awareness about me as it has been known to find snakes on the wooden frame along with the clothes so my eyes look about the place everywhere. I spotted this beautiful little creature resting in the shade on the wall of our house so nipped back inside, grabbed the camera and got the shot. Our house is in a rural, working Thai village high up in the mountains of Omkoi in northern Thailand, well away from tourists and travelers.

All Photography © Justin Hill