Thursday, 21 February 2013

Not What It Seems, Lych Gate and Historical Seat

"Pseudo Med" :- This could easily be a shot of a rooftop in Spain or possibly somewhere within Italy but it's not. This is the top of the "Whitecliffs" café on the seafront at Saltdean (near Brighton), England. The whitewashed yellowing paint and simple design is reminiscent of the sorts of buildings one can see situated in Mediterranean countries. The clear blue sky adds the last touch and completes the deception. It made me think about how the ancient designs and architecture from Greece and Italy caught the imagination of the rest of the world and was copied throughout. Corinthian columns can be found on virtually every important governmental building echoing those seen at the Forum in Rome. Pythagoras and his (although the ancient Egyptians had used it before him) PI (3.14 etc) ratio also spread globally along with the golden section and Phi.

"Church Gatehouse" :- This very very old building can be found in the village of Hartfield in the Ashdown Forest in Sussex, England. It's known as the Lych Gate Cottage (gate house) to the church of St Mary the Virgin. Inscribed on one part of the cottage wall is the date "AD 1510". Just to put things in perspective for you all in 1510 :- Catherine of Aragon gave birth to her first child (a stillborn daughter). Henry VIII of England was then just 18 years old and Sir Thomas More became undersheriff of the City of London making this a truly historic cottage ... and it's still lived in!

"Vintage Seating" :- Brighton seafront is famous for its Victorian heritage. They seemed to embrace it whilst throwing everything the industrial revolution had to offer at it at the same time. Iron work is everywhere. The good thing about that though is that it lasted so many of the things they constructed are still standing, visible and in use. This is a shot of one of the many Victorian seats situated along Brighton's long promenade on the south coast. It's unmistakably Brighton.

All Photography © Justin Hill