Thursday, 28 February 2013

Winter Arm, a Long Flight and Victorian Bandstand

"East to West" :- Here's a moody image taken on a cold winters afternoon from the Eastern arm of Brighton Marina on the south coast of England. The Western arm sits in silhouette as the concrete blocks placed to help protect the wall catch the fading light.

"Up Up & Away" :- The "Bastion Steps" are located at Friars Bay in Peacehaven on the southern coast of England. They are very steep and were built just after after World War 1 to give the residents of Peacehaven access to the beach. They offer a stunning view on the way down of the English channel, the beach and rocks below. Coming back up the other way makes the calf muscles ache and they also make you very aware that you are not as fit as you thought you were.

"Step Back In Time" :- This is the wonderfully ornate Victorian Bandstand (affectionately known as "The Birdcage") in Brighton & Hove (Sussex, England) on a less than sunny day back in January 2012. It was designed by Phillip Lockwood (a local Brighton Borough Surveyor) and was finished in 1884. The Bandstand is thought to be one of the greatest examples of a Victorian bandstand surviving in England. In the 1970's the footpath/bridge linking the bandstand to the upper promenade was removed making it impossible for anyone to gain access. The Bandstand has recently been restored and the bridge put back in place so that tourists, holiday makers, locals and day trippers can all stand under it's ornate canopy and look in awe at the fine Victorian design and workmanship. It makes you very aware of all the historical and beautiful structures that are no longer with us. Some wore away with decay over the years due to disrepair and a disregard of their upkeep. Others were simply torn down and leveled to make way for something new and less aesthetically pleasing. We are lucky in Brighton because a lot of our history is still plainly visible and standing. It's sad to think that other towns and cities were less fortunate.

All Photography © Justin Hill