Saturday, 31 August 2013

Crescent Place, The Bicyclette and Burning Desires

"Crescent Place" :- Crescent Place runs between the seafront road of Marine Parade and St George's Road in Kemp Town, Brighton, England. I don't know an awful lot about Crescent Place but I do that as late as the mid 50's gas lamps were still being used and that the house at the far end was one of the last in Kemp Town to finally get electricity.

"The Bicyclette" :- A chance encounter with a bike along Hove promenade gave the opportunity to capture this image. The horizon of the English Channel was lined up perfectly with the iron railings. he promenade wasn't too busy either so I was able to take my time and grab the shot between passers by, dog walkers, roller skaters, running children & skateboarders.

"Burning Desires" :- Late evening sunset over the coastal City of Brighton as seen from its Marina wall. Everything seemed to take on the dusky colour of peaches as a stillness seemed to settle in for the night. The water was calm and gently lapping against the pebbled beach, no waves crashing in , no sound at all. Just still.

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Friday, 30 August 2013

Refreshments, Corridor and Sugarcane Longhorn Beetle

"Refreshments" :- A lone kiosk selling snacks and drinks sits on the beach along Eastbourne seafront in Sussex in England. A gull stands on the roof knowing that when there's food about there's scavenging to be had. In the background to the left Eastbourne's majestic old pier (opened on 13th June 1870) bathes in the sea and reflects in the calm water of the English Channel.

"Corridor" :- A moody interior shot of a corridor inside what was St Albans Church on the corner of Coombe Rd and Buller Rd in Brighton, England. The last service there was back in June 2006. If you visit the location now all you will find is a big space as it has been demolished over the last week or so in order for new accommodation to be built in its place. I was lucky enough to get permission to go inside with a few others and photograph it before it vanished altogether.

"Sugarcane Longhorn Beetle" :- This fellow was a monster. I discovered it crawling around on one of our large bamboo plants in the yard at the front of the house up in the mountains of northern Thailand in a region called Omkoi in the province of Chiang Mai. I grabbed my camera and ended up watching it for 10 minutes or more before actually grabbing the shot. I was fascinated by its delicate feet and spindly legs. The pincers at the front looked as though they could do some damage and it was a heavily armoured but beautiful creature.

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Thursday, 29 August 2013

Thanks For the Memory, Curved and Chalk Peak

"Thanks For the Memory" :- This is the GRAND OCEAN in Saltdean on the south coast of England. and it has a varied and fascinating history. Originally designed by Richard Jones the "Ocean Hotel" opened it's doors in 1938. Once it was known as 'the honeymoon hotel' and its gardens were designed to echo the bows of the Queen Mary. During WWII it was taken over by the Auxiliary Fire Service and later became a fire service college. In 1952 it was signed over to Billy Butlin and it became the flagship for the Butlin's holiday camp chain within the UK. A few years ago the building was converted into luxury apartments and much like many other structures in and around Sussex is Grade II listed.

"Curved" :- An image captured from the mighty Eastern arm of Brighton Marina on the Sussex coastline of England. Some see the marina as an impressive feat of engineering (which it is) others see it as a blight on the seascape (which it is) as it now sits where sea life was rich and there were rock pools. I see it more as man's futile attempt to forever try and hold things back. The elements on our planet will always win, we may appear to succeed from time to time but in the long run nature will claim it all back again and rule the roost.

"Chalk Peak" :- A set of long wooden steps provide access to a relatively secluded beach at the seaside town of Eastbourne. I'd walked all along the promenade and then had clambered over various rocks, wooden breakwaters and general obstacles to see how far down the beach I could get. I knew I'd have to stop at some point as the beach runs out as the mighty chalk cliffs at Beachy Head then take over and head heavenwards rising to a staggering 162 metres (531 ft) above sea level. It was only when I reached this point that I discovered the steps. I have no idea where they lead to as I was short on time and didn't have enough spare minutes to explore before I had to retrace my way over the various rocks, wooden breakwaters and general obstacles in order to get back to the car!

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

White Giant, On the Boards and Summer Blues

"White Giant" :- Millions of years in its creation, this white chalk cliff is where the lands stops and the sea takes over. This was captured on the beach at Saltdean on the south coast of England. From Dover in the East to Land's End in the West the cliffs thunder along forming some dramatic scenery and breathtaking views.

"On the Boards" :- A late night walk along Brighton Pier is a must for anyone visiting the famous seaside resort of Brighton in the UK. It's a hive of activity in the summer evenings with sights , sounds and the smells of fish & chips and sweet candy. It's 524 metres (1,719 ft) in length from beginning to end. Once you you're as far as you can go you get the added delight of walking back towards the promenade end and catching the wide view of Brighton all lit up and reflecting in the sea. It's a most wonderful sight and one that I never tire of.

"Summer Blues" :- This is an image of a small window display and a space to let captured down at Brighton Marina on the south coast of England. It was the lighting and the colours that made me stop and look. I thought it may make an interesting image so shot it quickly before moving on. It was only when I started to process it that I realised just how visually striking the image actually was. Not sure how the potted plant feels about being bathed in blue neon light all the time though.

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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Samlor, Take My Breath Away and Garden of Remembrance

"Samlor" :- In the Kingdom of Thailand any three wheeled vehicle is called a Samlor (Thai: สามล้อ). When translated the name literally means "three wheels". This is a traditional Samlor that I spotted parked in Ratpakinai Road in the city of Chiang Mai. I am sorry to say that they are slowly disappearing and dying out. Sometimes (if you're lucky) you'll spot one up some road with an old weary and leathery looking Thai gent peddling up front usually with an old Thai woman and lots of shopping bags piled up in the back. The motorised samlor in Thailand goes by it's nickname of Tuk-Tuk to save confusion.

"Take My Breath Away" :- The West Pier in Brighton (UK) was opened in 1866 and was finally closed to the public in 1975. She's supposedly awaiting renovation but has endured a couple of fires and all that is left of her now is the main iron frame of what was once a very grand Victorian Theatre. She is is one of only two Grade I listed piers in the UK. This image was shot of her during a dramatic sunset on the 28th November 2012.

"Garden of Remembrance" :- This is the remembrance garden that's just to the side of the main graveyard in the grounds of St Margaret's Church in the village of Rottingdean, Brighton. It's a very quiet and peaceful place, very relaxing and calming. The hot weather and lack of wind created a stillness that was quite odd. I had taken a stroll around as I was actually looking for the final resting place of the rock and blues guitarist Gary Moore who's buried here. I had seen him play in concert before and had also met him on several occasions as he lived in Brighton and I wanted to drop by and pay my respects to him. I eventually found where he was and sat with him for a while.

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Monday, 26 August 2013

Grey Blanket, Do I Make Myself Clear and Fishing Platform

"Grey Blanket" :- A couple of lone figures on a misty Brighton (UK) beach hurl stones and pebbles into the unknown. Meanwhile the iconic and famous Victorian Pier is shrouded in mystery as two thirds of it is hidden from view due to the density of the fog that's come in off the sea.

"Do I Make Myself Clear" :- The beach at Ovingdean Gap during low tide reveals some interesting glimpses into the past. An old worn and weathered stump of wood juts up out of the rock and reflects in the salt water pool that the tide has left behind. The stump is actually the remains of one of the posts that carried the electric cable and power supply for the "Pioneer", a unique coastline railway in Brighton, England that ran through the shallow waters of the English Channel between 1896 and 1901. A lot of the concrete sleepers that supported the rails can still be viewed at low tide to this day.

"Fishing Platform" :- On the very end of Worthing Pier (south coast of England) there's a metallic platform that runs right around at a lower level. Old wooden steps lead down to it and the entire thing clanks and rings with every step you take. The metal has a rustic red look to it and the wooden trusses that support t look as though they've been in place for years (they probably have).

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Sunday, 25 August 2013

Doors of St John, Point Break and Coast Road

"Doors of St John" :- These are the main doors of the Anglican church of St John the Baptist's in Crawley, West Sussex, England. It is the oldest building in the town centre and dates from the 13th century (having said that only the south wall of the nave is from the original ancient building). Within the church itself there is a marble font which is the oldest internal fixture as that dates from the 13th century. The church (like many others) has become an amalgamation of 13th, 15th, 17th, 18th and 19th Century alterations and constructions.

"Point Break" :- This is a beach level capture of the cliffs and erosion at Seaford Head on the south coast of England. The ancient cliffs rise up at this point and thunder of east before dramatically dipping down and disappearing at the Cuckmere estuary. Seaford and its cliffs are situated (approximately) halfway between Brighton and Eastbourne. The chalk itself dates from the Late Cretaceous period which makes it 86 to 89 million years old!

"Coast Road" :- The A259 is also known as Marine Drive and is the main coastal route towards Brighton, England. In places it offers huge cliff top views of the English Channel as it dips up and down and winds around the rolling terrain. This image was captured at Saltdean and is slightly misleading as the road is never this quiet. It's a constant flow day and night of cars, trucks, lorries, motorbikes and busses. The illusion of peace in this image was achieved by patience on my part and timing my shot between the flow of traffic.

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Saturday, 24 August 2013

And So It Ends, Way To Go! and Night Turbo

"And So It Ends" :- Perfection. A low tide, a dying sun and some heavy clouds all combined to create this incredible scene for me to capture. This beach at Ovingdean Gap (on the south coast of England) is just a five minute drive from where I live, it's one of my favourite haunts and is very peaceful if you catch it at the right time. France is out there somewhere over the horizon, if I could jump across in a straight line I would land around Le Havre.

"Way To Go!" :- A rough country lane and bridleway leads up towards a steep hill. This was captured as I was walking from the town of Lewes to the village of Ovingdean in Sussex, England. The path is just to the west of Kingston village and it rises very steeply before levelling out for a few miles and eventually bringing you to Woodingdean. I think the entire walk took me two hours or so (maybe more) but I wasn't really concentrating on the time. I was more interested in the scenery, view and trying not to run out of breath as the hill was incredibly steep.

"Night Turbo" :- Not an easy shot to capture as it was a very humid, warm and busy night therefore people were everywhere and it was very busy. I set up the tripod and once again commenced my usual lesson in patience. I wanted to try and capture the foreground without anyone in it as I loved the warm tones of the planking and the way the lines led you up towards the Turbo ride itself. Loved the contrast in colours and light too. This is a shot of the Turbo coaster ride on the end of Brighton Pier on the south coast of England.

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Friday, 23 August 2013

Victorian Bar, Sea of Light and Khon Masks

"Victorian Bar" :- Brighton (UK) has so many pubs , bars and inns. It's impossible to walk more than a couple of minutes in any direction without stumbling upon one, in fact there are now (approximately) 900 pubs in Brighton. One of the pubs that I love is The Quadrant. It's a relatively small little bar situated on the corner of Air Street and Queens Road. It started off life as the Quadrant Hotel in 1864 and has been serving alcohol pretty much ever since. It's yet another brighton building that has been listed Grade II by English Heritage. It's still got a very Victorian look and feel about it, especially at night when the bar is lit. You can read more about the Quadrant, it's history and interior in this blog by David Muggleton :- The Quadrant, Brighton

"Sea of Light" :- If some things went missing or disappeared overnight in Brighton I wouldn't miss them at all ... but then there are some things that are Brighton and without them I have a feeling the town and seaside resort would die very quickly. The pier is one of those very things. It started off life when it opened in May 1899 and has endured storms, tides, fires, bomb scares, alterations, makeovers, refits and name changes within it's lifetime. I grew up (like many other Brighton residents) knowing it as the "Palace Pier" but in 2000 its owners (the Noble Organisation) informally renamed it the "Brighton Pier". I don't really mind what they call it, the name is immaterial as it's the pier that I love and adore and not what it goes by. Shakespeare was right when he wrote "What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet". She's appeared in many films and has played host to many celebrities as well as rock and film stars. She's an integral and important part of where I grew up. She's like family.

"Khon Masks" :- Colourful and vibrant Thailand. This was part of the Annual Chiang Mai Flower Festival parade which is held the first weekend of each and every February. Khon (Thai: โขน) is a genre of dance drama from Thailand. The masks worn as part of the costume are fearful looking demons and ogres, brightly painted and full of life. In Bangkok various communities still practice their traditional crafts which include the production of khon masks. I have a few miniature Khon masks set on individual stands that I brought back from Thailand.

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Thursday, 22 August 2013

Consumed, Steine Fountain and Level 1

"Consumed" :- The unmistakable Victorian iron railings of Brighton seafront (England). This section is overgrown slightly as it's near an area called Duke's Mound which has a lot of shrubs and undergrowth. The ivy has slowly crept its way up and long and is attempting to add nature's touch to all in its way.

"Steine Fountain" :- The Victoria Fountain sits in the middle of the gardens in the Old Steine, Brighton, England. It's thirty-two feet in height and sits on rocks in a large cast-iron pool with decorated rim. The rocks themselves has an interesting and ancient history. In 1823 some workers were digging a trench at the Old Steine and discovered some Sarsen stones (sandstone blocks which are the post-glacial remains of a cap of tertiary silcrete) it was these very Sarsen stones that they placed in the center of the fountain which support the support the three intertwined dolphins. The Victoria Fountain was inaugurated on 25 May 1846 and is now a Grade II listed structure as it is felt to be nationally important and of special interest. The fountain was designed by British architect Amon Henry Wilds and the dolphins were sculpted by William Pepper.

"Level 1" :- Pedestrian subways and car parks always seem to exude a feeling of unease and dread ... they also smell much the same too. This is a capture of the highly unattractive way to the Churchill 2 Level 1 parking bays situated at the back of Brighton's Churchill Square shopping Center (England). Bottle necked and tight with no way to see what or who's around the corner or who's behind you, even in broad daylight I felt unsafe whilst grabbing the image. This view makes me think of being on a ship. It's all stairs and pipes and closed doors. I long for an architect to come along and reinvent modern architecture, we are in need of some aesthetically pleasing buildings and could really do with some new car park designs that don't make you feel like you're taking your life in your hands each and every time you park there.

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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Red Sales, Burger Express and Brush Seller

"Red Sales" :- A simple capture and image with no frills. This was the minimal TOPSHOP window display photographed late at night along Western Road in Brighton, England. I loved the starkness of it all and the colour spill onto the pavement. I got several funny looks from passers by who were obviously wondering why i was photographing such a mundane thing. One cyclist didn't see me at all and just managed to avoid me at the last second ... that'll teach him to ride around with his head in the clouds. "Look where you're going mate!"

"Burger Express" :- A shot on Eastbourne Pier with the Eastern side of the town and coastline drifting off out of shot. The old wooden structure of the amusement hall (amusingly called an "Entertainment Center") has a burger bar at the end and in all the time I wa setting up the shot and waiting for a clear moment to shoot I saw nobody go in and nobody come out. It's doors flung open as if begging someone to enter. The fish and chip restaurant further up the pier was full of pensioners and as I was heading on my way back to the promenade it dawned on me that I was the youngest one on the pier. It made me smile.

"Brush Seller" :- I was wandering around the city of Chiang Mai when I spotted this Thai woman walking up Sinharat Road Lane 2 carrying her brushes that were for sale. I managed to set up and then wait for her enter the sunlit area and took my shot. I like the natural feel of this image. You can feel the heat of the sun and weariness of the Thai woman as she goes up and down each road trying to drum up some business.

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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Warorot Market, A New Day and Garden Light

"Warorot Market" :- Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand is famous for it's Lanna arts and crafts, flowers and slightly cooler climate. Most of the tourist that visit the city end up buying their presents, trinkets and souvenirs from the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar on on the Chan Klan road and will often go away thinking they've got a bargain when they've actually paid inflated tourist prices. If you want a real Thai shopping experience you have to head to Warorot Market which is just a 2 minute walk north away from the Night Bazaar and alongside the Ping River. The market opens daily early in the morning and is a hive of activity until it closes after dark. It's one of the places where the local Thai's do their own shopping, so you will see the same goods you'd see elsewhere but cheaper and more importantly they are usually of better quality. You will also find a lot of goods here that you will not find in the tourist markets like the Night Bazaar and all items are really cheap. Nearby Warorot Market you'll also discover Hill Tribe and Northern Thai handicraft product stalls and shops with various textiles outlets for things like silk and hemp dotted along the side streets and back roads. It's off the tourist map and therefore the real Thai shopping experience. Did I mention it's also cheaper?

"A New Day" :- Most (if not all) artists and photographers need a muse and I am no exception. My muse is not a person though and to be honest it's more than one thing too. Brighton is famous for many things and having shunned the touristy side due to being born in the seaside resort I'd turned my back on them all for many years. Now I am older (not necessarily wiser though) and my eyes have been opened via my camera I have rediscovered my place of birth and most of it's iconic and famous attractions have become integral to many of my images ... they have in turn become my muses. The Brighton Pier (formerly the Palace Pier) opened in May 1899 and she's a subject that i return to time and time again. She looks different each and every time depending on the tides, weather and the time of year. This image of her was captured over a year ago on the morning of 7th July 2012.

"Garden Light" :- I often wonder just how Brighton used to look before the town planners took their brains out and allowed things to be built pretty much anywhere. This image was captured at the back of the Royal Pavilion and within the Pavilion Gardens. Behind me (out of shot) is the Pavilion itself (a former Royal Palace to the Prince Regent who went on to become George IV in 1820) and to the right (out of shot) is he famous Dome Concert Hall which was formerly the Royal Riding Stables. The gardens are flanked on the southern side by rather ugly modern blocks that overlook the majesty of the palace, the western side borders New Road (now pedestrianised) where the Theatre Royal (opened 27 June 1807) is situated. I suppose we have to be thankful that the gardens only have modern ugliness on one side, to be honest I think it's a miracle that they weren't sold off, concreted over and turned into more eyesores of modernism. If you ever find yourselves in Brighton on the south coast of England, try and find your way to the Pavilion Gardens, situate yourself on the grass and imagine what it all looked like back in the 1800's ... it's not that difficult as three quarters of it have hardly changed at all!

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Monday, 19 August 2013

Time and Tide, Ad Infinitum and Under Worthing Pier

"Time and Tide" :- Late afternoon on the beach at Cuckmere Haven in Sussex, England. The tide was low and had exposed the rippled sand along with huge clumps of reddish brown seaweed. Everything was wet and glistening in the sunlight. Nothing stirred on the horizon, no buildings or structures were jutting up, just a vast expanse of water with some clouds drifting about above. There was no indication of a spherical world, nothing to tell you that we were standing on a giant ball of rock hanging in space. Just a flat planet sprawled out before me...

"Ad Infinitum" :- Dead straight railway lines rip through the Sussex countryside and head on their way towards London (England). The industrial revolution of the 1800's opened up Britain with its extensive criss crossing of railways lines all over the country. The London to Brighton line is (approx) 50 miles (80 km) in length and is a standard gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) . The line was actually opened in two stages, the first being on 12 July 1841 (Norwood Junction, London (L&CR) to Haywards Heath) and the second on 21 September 1841 (Haywards Heath to Brighton). The section of track you are looking at in this image is the second Haywards Heath to Brighton stage.

"Under Worthing Pier" :- I couldn't believe my luck when I ventured onto Worthing beach on the south coast of England and discovered that sea had all but vanished due to a ridiculously low tide. I was able to walk the length of the Art Deco pier from underneath, down on the sand. She sat there like some huge spaceship that had landed on spindly legs and looked so out of place without the salt water sloshing about around her. It was another surreal moment and thankfully I was there to capture it.

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Sunday, 18 August 2013

Thailand Album

Thailand Album :- Many of you know me through my HDR images of Brighton and the surrounding areas of Sussex and Kent in England etc. Before I learned the HDR technique and honed it down to my own particular style I was known more for my photographs of Thailand. I thought I'd reshare my Thailand Album for you here just in case you'd missed it. There's well over 150 images taken from within the Kingdom and no HDR to be seen among them. If you click on the image of the Thai Woman it will take you to the album.

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The Other Side, Beach Posts and Historic Interior

"The Other Side" :- An old worn and wooden door provides a sneak peak of the grandeur that's behind the wall. This is the garden wall to Glynde Place an Elizabethan Manor House and home to the Viscounts Hampden, whose forebears built the house in 1569 at Glynde in East Sussex, England. This grand house has recently undergone major renovations which were funded by the sale of one of the estate's paintings. The house and gardens are open to the public for tours.

"Beach Posts" :- The Paston Place Groyne in Brighton (England) is commonly known as Banjo Groyne due to it's shape (the groyne has circular viewing platform). It was built in 1877, is approximately 270 feet long and 14 feet wide. It's just one of a number of large concrete breakwaters that changed the way the tides affected the beach which in turn allowed the growth of the shingle bank and land reclamation. This is how we come to have a lower seafront road called Madeira Drive. These posts are at the northern end of Banjo Groyne near the Volks Electric Railway works sheds and Peter Pan's Playground (a small, fully-enclosed adventure playground for children). In the distance you can just make out Brighton Pier and on the far right hand side the newest tourist attraction which is the Brighton Wheel.

"Historic Interior" :- You are now looking at some incredible history. This is the interior of the church of St John the Baptist in the hamlet of Clayton in Sussex, England. This is an 11th Century church and even though the paintings on the wall look relatively bright and new they are not...they were painted in the early 12th century and rediscovered more than 700 years later! They are truly breathtaking and the detail and colours that they still retain make it hard to get your head around just how old they are. The walls were painted by monks from Lewes Priory and are considered to be "some of the most important in the country" and "unique in England for their extent, preservation and date". You can read more about the church and it's incredible artworks here :- St John the Baptist's Church

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Saturday, 17 August 2013

3 Revolutions, Market Street and Summernight City

"3 Revolutions" :- A late night view underneath the Brighton Wheel which sits on Brighton seafront on the south coast of England. Light spills over and onto the pebbled beach as the giant wheel slowly turns whilst offering tourists a unique view of the seaside resort. the beach is an eerie place at night, devoid of people and full of dark shadows.

"Market Street" :- This is a shot looking up Market Street in the ancient and historical town of Lewes in Sussex, England. I know nothing of the history of Market Street but do know that Lewes became a thriving market town so am guessing that this particular road was connected to that part of the town's history. Lewes was an important part of Sussex and played home to William De Warren the 1st Earl of Surrey who was one of the few documented to have been with William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. De Warren was responsible for the building of Lewes Castle (which still stands today) in 1069.

"Summernight City " :- A cliff top view of the sun setting over a distant Brighton. The shot was captured from the cliffs at Rottingdean during low tide on the Sussex coast in England. I hasten to add that I was not in any danger at all in getting the shot although the image does make you think otherwise. I was on the safe side of the fence ... my camera and tripod however was not.

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Friday, 16 August 2013

Bright On Pier, Tower Steps and Once Upon a Line

"Bright On Pier" :- One of the attractions in the "Kids Fun Area" lights up a corner on Brighton's famous Victorian pier on the south coast of England. The boards glow with orange light from other stalls and kiosks as the tourists and day trippers head to the far end for food, drinks and thrills.

"Tower Steps" :- A moody capture of the steps and door that lead to the bell tower in the church of St John the Baptist in Clayton, Sussex, England. Most of the construction of the church is 11th-century and little has been altered since then therefore English Heritage has listed the church at Grade I for its architectural and historical importance.. The church is also famous for its "remarkable" and extensive set of wall paintings, dating from the early 12th century. The hamlet of Clayton is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086.

"Once Upon a Line" :- Not far from the small hamlet of Clayton and its 11th Century church there's a railway line and a very famous tunnel. The train tracks are part of Brighton Main Line that connect London to Brighton and this section is between the stations of Hassocks and Preston Park. At one point the tracks have to run underneath some of the Sussex countryside and that's where the journey thunders through Clayton tunnel. The tunnel is 2065 metres (1 mile 499 yards) in length making it the longest tunnel on the route. At the northern end of the tunnel (in this image) there's a turreted and castellated portal with a privately owned cottage perched right over the line. Anyone looking at this Castle gateway into darkness will find themselves instantly thinking of Harry Potter or the books of C.S.Lewis as the tunnel entrance does lead you into thinking that it's the start of an adventure and that there's a land of fantasy at the other end. On a far darker note on 25th August 1861 there was a train crash involving two trains within the tunnel which caused the worst ever accident on that line resulting in the loss of 23 lives and injuring a further 176.

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Thursday, 15 August 2013

Evening by the River, Amaryllis and Dark Steps

"Evening by the River" :- For a long time this was my home. I lived in a real, working Thai village high up in the mountains in a region known as Omkoi in the north of Thailand. The river "Tuen" flowed through and wound around the village creating somewhere for the Water Buffalo to roam and keep cool and an area where the children would play and splash around in the heat of the sun. I captured this shot just as the sun was dipping down in the early evening and the river was relatively still. In the field over the river you can just make out a rickety hut designed to provide shade during the day for the farmer.

"Amaryllis" :- This is a capture of a florists in the ancient village of Ditchling in Sussex, England. The history of Ditchling dates back to Saxon times and it's first recorded in 765 as Dicelinga in a grant by King Alduuf of land bordering that of Ditchling. After the Norman conquest, the land was held by William de Warenne (as was much of the south of England) and the village is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. The renowned and world famous bass player Herbie Flowers lives in the village.

"Dark Steps" :- This ornate and small little temple building is within the temple complex of Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. The temple's construction started in began in 1345 and it earned the status of Royal temple of the first grade in 1935. It is one of the most important temples within the city of Chiang Mai. I decided to take a late night walk around the complex and was delighted to discover that many of the buildings were floodlit with the grounds. Huge shadows were being cast everywhere giving everything a surreal look.

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