Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Lewes Crescent, Small Clump of Trees and On Your Way

"Lewes Crescent" :- This is the eastern side of Lewes Crescent in Kemp Town, Brighton, England. The crescent has an impressive span of 840 feet and was constructed from 1827 onwards. The four-storey houses themselves are grand and austere with giant Corinthian pilasters and iron balconies appearing on every third house. Notable residents of the crescent over the years have been Thomas Cubitt (builder), the sixth Duke of Devonshire, Princess Louise (daughter of Edward VII) and her husband the Duke of Fife. The King also stayed here himself in 1908.

"Small Clump of Trees" :- Captured near "Old Parish Lane" at the top of the bridleway that connects Woodingdean with the village of Ovingdean on the south coast of England. It was a relief to finally be on this path as i'd walked for two hours (possibly more) from Lewes while grabbing images on route. Driving about with the camera is handy for getting from A to B with relative ease but I am always wondering what I have missed in between so often choose _"shanks's pony"_ (meaning to walk on foot) instead. You can stop when you wish and often see things that you would otherwise have missed.

"On Your Way" :- Simple composition with an uncluttered view. This is what you see when you stand on the Rottingdean Terraces and look out south over the English Channel. Whilst composing this image and lining up the camera I was trying to get the lines straight so that various "banding" would occur from top to bottom. When I started to process the image it made me think of Andreas Gursky's "Rhine II" photograph which sold for £2.7 million at auction which in turn made me wonder why such an image would sell for so much when there are other images just as great or better that get ignored completely. I can't see how that much money is justifiable on an image at all. Having said that if someone would like to pay me one or two million for this image of mine then I will be more than happy to enter into talks.

All Photography © Justin Hill