Sunday, 28 July 2013

He Was A Wise Man Who Invented Beer..., Extended North End and They Come At Night

"He Was A Wise Man Who Invented Beer..." :- This is the side door of the Quadrant Freehouse Bar on Air Street in the city of Brighton, England. The bar opened its doors for the first time in 1864 and has been serving drinks for nearly 150 years! It's exterior has hardly changed at all as it still has an old Victorian and somewhat Dickensian look and feel about it, therefore it comes as no surprise to discover it's yet another of Brighton's Grade II listed buildings. The split level interior is relatively small with an old ornate Victorian wooden bar in the middle. The door in this image either leads you down a few steps to the downstairs bar or up a tight, narrow flight of stairs to the newly refurbished upstairs room where they show free films in their "cinema" every Sunday and Monday.

"Extended North End" :- This is the inside of the mighty St Peter's Church located on an island between two major roads in the middle of Brighton, England. The church was built built from 1824–28 and was designed by Sir Charles Barry & once again it's yet another of Brighton's Grade II listed buildings. A large section of the church was later demolished (in 1898) so that a much larger, straight-ended chancel could be built which is what you see in this image. The new chancel was completed in 1906 and measures 53 feet (16 m) long and 35 feet (11 m) wide. The large window at the end window commemorates Queen Victoria and was presented to the church on behalf of the people of Brighton.

"They Come At Night" :- The coast guard houses at Cuckmere Haven must have been photographed millions of times (no exaggeration there either) as they sit right on the edge of the cliff overlooking the English Channel on the south coast of England. This view is looking West towards them from the beach rather than the tourist shots which shows them always with the white cliffs of the "Seven Sisters" forming their backdrop. It was late afternoon / early evening when I captured this image, the sun was beginning to dip and it had caught the clouds in such a way that it created an otherworldly feel to the scene. It wasn't until I started to process the image that I realised just how 'alien' it all looked which is why I chose an unusual title. The beach, cottages, cliffs and estuary have appeared in countless TV programs and Films including "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" and the opening scene in Kevin Costner's "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves".

All Photography © Justin Hill