Sunday, 4 November 2012

Eastern Aisle, Sensory Assault & Forlorn

"Veneration" :- A few weeks ago I wrote a post about being asked by a curate of a Church in Brighton if I'd photograph their Pugin stained glass windows for them. Well that job all went well and I am pleased to say that they were overjoyed with the resulting images. The booklets have been created, look very good indeed and that my work is at long last in print (for the first time in my life). Anyway, this is an image looking East within that very Church that I photographed the windows for. It's Saint Paul's Church in West Street, Brighton, on the south coast of England and the church first opened for worship in 1848.

"Support" :- A non touristic view of Brighton's famous Pier on the south coast of England. The pier stretches from the upper promenade  over the lower promenade and then over the pebble strewn beach and out to sea. The holiday makers and day trippers are either on the beach or on the pier ... very few make it under the beginnings of the pier which is where this shot was taken. It's an assault on the senses once you are underneath, sounds are heightened as they bounce of the walls and supports, it's visually confusing as harsh light mixes with hard shadows making it hard to focus on anything and the smell is a mixture of salt water, salt air, rusted iron, wet concrete and a few other distasteful substances that I shall no go into here.

"Silence of the Sea" :- All the angles seemed to fall in place to form a natural and perfect frame for the skeletal remains of the West Pier. The line of the clouds seemed to mimic the waters edge along the pebbled beach. The atmosphere was an odd one as the sea was unusually calm, no big waves to be seen and there was an eerie stillness in the air. The sea itself looked mercurial and "thicker" than normal. The only thin I had to hang onto to keep some form of normality was that the old ruins were still there looking lost and forlorn.

All Photography © Justin Hill