Saturday, 15 December 2012

Dark Sunset, Not Forgotten & a Distant Dome

"Sun, Sea & Sand" :- I have literally just finished processing this shot. I usually put new shots in a file and upload the older one's first but I'm so delighted with this image I've decided to post it immediately. It was captured a few days ago (December 10th 2012) on the beach at Ovingdean Gap near the coastal city of Brighton, England. I had glanced out of the living room window and noticed a slight tinge of light in the sky that looked different. My instincts kicked in and before I knew it I was driving down to the beach with the camera in anticipation of a decent sunset. As luck would have it the tide was also out allowing the rocks and sand to reveal themselves and also help reflect the light.

"Marble Memorial" :- I made an extra special effort to get to this monument. It's called "The Chattri" and it's a memorial to all the Sikh and Hindu soldiers who died while in hospitals in Brighton and Hove during the Great War 1914 - 1918. The reason I had to make a special effort to see it is because of it's position. Unlike the War Memorial for the British that's in the center of the city this memorial is is situated in an extremely isolated position 500 feet (150 m) above the city on the South Downs above the suburb of Patcham, and is accessible only by bridleway. Hardly anyone goes there which saddens me. What good is a memorial that nobody sees? Out of sight, out of mind. Well, I wasn't having any of that so I drove out there and then walked 25 minutes over the down to it's location. "The Chattri" has Grade II listed status because of its architectural and historic importance. It stands on the site where a number of Indian soldiers (53) who fought for the British Empire were cremated during the First World War, their ashes were then taken to be scattered in the sea.

"Princes Place" :- The title of this image is the same as the name of the small road that this shot was captured in. A couple of restaurants are down there but that's all. Where the trash cans and light at the end are the road comes to a stop. Beyond the low wall and hedges there's the Royal Pavilion Gardens, the Royal Pavilion itself The Corn Exchange and the Dome concert hall which is the building you can see in the distance. The Dome (Completed in 1805) was originally the royal stables for the Prince Regent (later to become King George IV) but now the complex houses a beautiful concert hall and also the Brighton Museum. The Dome is one of the only buildings to have both internal and external listings both for the Indian style exterior and the 1930s art deco interior.

All Photography © Justin Hill