Sunday, 24 March 2013

King's Road Arches, Graphic Church and "Afloat"

"Three Doors" :- A colorful set of doors that form part of the King's Road Arches on the seafront in Brighton, England. Dating back to Victorian times they were mainly used as fishing huts and stores. As the promenade developed over the years the doors seemingly appeared to get more and more "set back" from the sea without ever being moved. These particular doors are close Brighton's famous ruined West Pier.

"Towards the Baldachino" :- Usually when processing and creating images I try to remain as true and "real" to the subject as possible but there is the odd occasion when I feel it's worth pushing for a different look and this was one of those occasions. While "playing around" with this image it dawned on me that I could push it for a more "graphic" approach as the angles, lighting and brickwork seemed to lend itself to that particular style so that's what I did and here it is. This is an interior shot of Saint Barthomlomew's Church in the city of Brighton looking towards the far end where the giant Baldachino sits. The church officially opened its doors to the public on 18th September 1874 and became the first church in Brighton to offer universal free entrance from the date of opening much to the disgust of the clergy who'd been filling their pockets nicely beforehand. The church is 170 feet (51.816 meters) in length, 59 feet (17.983 2 meters) wide and an incredible 135 feet (41.148 meters) to the ridge of the roof. The cross that sit high up on the roof adds another 9 feet (2.743 2 meters) to the total height.

"Eye of the Needle" :- On the end of East Street Groyne (just West of the Brighton Pier) stands a giant bronze 'doughnut'. The sculpture's proper name and title is "Afloat" and it's by the sculptor Hamish Black. It was unveiled in 1998 after Brighton & Hove council commissioned it's creation. ‘Afloat’ is made of 2.2 tons of bronze, 5-6mm thick. As with most sculptures in public places it gets climbed on a lot and has had thousands of tourists taking snaps through it's hole over the years. The day I captured this image I had the place to myself as it was bitterly cold (you can still see patches of snow and ice lying around) so I was able to take my time and put some space between "Afloat" and myself without fear of anyone getting in the way.

All Photography © Justin Hill