Sunday, 14 July 2013

Illuminated Onion, Divine and Shadow Fish

"Illuminated Onion" :- The Royal Pavilion in Brighton (England) was built in three stages starting off in 1787 and has stood resplendent for over 200 years. It's seen various King's, Queen's and dignitaries from all over the world pass through its doors and has also played host to film stars and celebrities (it also makes an appearance in Barbra Streisand's 1970 film "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever"). It was quiet and still on the night that I wandered through its grounds, few people were about so it allowed me time to set up and line up the shot of the Palace's entrance within the Pavilion gardens and capture the beauty of it all lit up at night.

"Divine" :- A very dramatic horizon and sky as seen from the beach at Ovingdean Gap on the south coast of England. The ide had decided to "pop out" for a while revealing the rocks and leaving pools behind. The intense light was bouncing off in all directions as I precariously staggered out over the seaweed covered formations while desperately trying to keep my balance (and dignity).

"Shadow Fish" :- This is a shot of St John's Church in the village of Piddinghoe in Sussex, England. A vast majority of the church (the Nave, round tower, north aisle and south arcade) is 12th Century apart from the Chancel which is 13th Century and the south aisle and chancel chapels which are 19th Century replacements. The church is actually named on a list a list made in 1121 of those churches given to the Priory of St Pancras in Lewes. The round tower is one of only three in the whole of Sussex, the other two being in Southease and Lewes itself. Right on the top of the tower there's a wooden shingled octagonal spire which is topped by a weathervane that's a large gilded fish. In the poem "Sussex" (written in 1902) Rudyard Kipling wrote "where windy Piddinghoe's begilded dolphin veers". It's hardly a dolphin but I think we'll allow a little artistic license seeing as it's Kipling. A begilded Haddock doesn't sound half as poetic!

All Photography © Justin Hill