Friday, 26 July 2013

Returning Home, Dark Terrace and A Thing of Fancy

"Returning Home" :- A Thai woman walks back home along the village road while carrying a couple of heavy baskets over her shoulder. This isn't the Thailand that most tourists get to see. It's not the sun drenched beach, 5 star hotel, 24 hour bar version of the Kingdom, this is the real Thailand! High up in the mountains of Northern Thailand there's a region called Omkoi within the province of Chiang Mai. It's situated 314.49 miles (506.13 kilometers) north of Bangkok (Krung Thep) and approximately 79.71 miles (128.28 kilometers) from the city of Chiang Mai itself. It's in the middle of nowhere and the only way to get there is by an arduous drive by car, bus or motorbike. This is where I lived ... this was my home. I miss it and the Thai people that live there so very much. I miss the mountain ranges that surrounded us, covered in thick forestation and jungle growth. I miss the wildlife that used to crawl, fly or slither all over the place. I miss the pigs, chickens and water buffalo, the banana palms, mango trees, rice, chili and tomato fields. I miss riding around the village on the motorbike in the heat of the sun or the torrential downpours that used to catch me out from time to time. I would dearly love to return home ...

"Dark Terrace" :- This is a nighttime capture of the terrace that runs along the walled up cliff face between Marine Parade and Madeira Drive in Brighton, England. Around 1830 to 1833 a huge cement wall was built along the face of the East Cliff from the Old Steine to Royal Crescent and by 1838 it had been continued along to the point where it joined the wall of the Kemp Town estate. It's construction cost £100,000 and the gigantic wall itself is 23 feet thick at the bottom and up to 60 feet high in places! The terrace itself opened in 1890 and is 2,837 feet long from the Aquarium to Duke's Mound and is 25 feet wide. Like many other buildings, monuments and structures in Brighton the terrace is listed as being of special architectural interest.

"A Thing of Fancy" :- A moody and very atmospheric shot of the brightly lit "Golden Gallopers" Carousel on the beach of Brighton on the south coast of England. It's an original Victorian Carousel that still gives thrills and provides enjoyment to both young and old. The following information is taken from Golden Gallopers Carousel By Jennifer Drury :- The ‘Golden Gallopers’ on Brighton seafront was built in 1888 by Frederick Savage at his workshop in Kings Lynn. At the beginning of its life it toured the North of England for over twenty years before being bought by an American enthusiast who shipped it to the USA. It was returned to England in 1990, when it was bought and restored by Mr Corbin of Wiltshire. Owen Smith, the current owner, bought the carousel in 1997, and it has been on Brighton seafront from Easter to September every year since then. At the end of each season the carousel is de-constructed to facilitate an essential programme of six months renovation and repair. All parts are inspected for safety and repainting and re-varnishing carried is out. You can read Jennifer Drury's full article here :- Golden Gallopers Carousel

All Photography © Justin Hill