Tuesday, 23 October 2012

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