Thursday, 23 January 2014

Steps of Many Colours, Hut Silhouettes and South Street

"Steps of Many Colours" :- These are the 1930's built steps that lead up from the beach and undercliff walk to the top of the cliffs at Ovingdean Gap on the south coast of England. They must have looked quite something and very modern in their day but now they look rather mundane, outdated and bleak. That said, they still serve their purpose well and I find myself often using them as I walk back and forth between the village of Ovingdean and Brighton. This shot was grabbed at that wonderful transition period when it's neither day nor night and everything has a shade of blue about it. The scene caught my eye for several reasons - the light shaft in the stairwell, the dark grey wall, the turquoise railings and the wonderful blue shadows on the lower steps.

Hut Silhouettes :- A heavily processed shot of the beach huts on Hove seafront backlit by sunlight bouncing off the English Channel. It was shot yesterday (22nd Jan 2014) around 13:45 pm as I was walking back towards Brighton from Hove. The shot was taken from the pavement (sidewalk) by the Kingsway (A259) road and is looking across a wide expanse of Hove lawns.

"South Street" :- The village of Ditchling can be found in the Lewes District of East Sussex, England...and it's ancient. Ditchling was first recorded in 765 (then known as "Dicelinga") and it's recorded that the Manor and its lands were held by King Alfred the Great. After King Alfred it was in the hands of Edward the Confessor and then (after the Norman conquest) it was held by William de Warenne (it was de Warenne who built Lewes Castle). Ditchling is also mentioned in the Domesday Book (along with much of Sussex). Because of its age (and with a huge smattering of luck cast over it) Ditchling still has many buildings that date from between 1500 and 1800 (eight are from the 16th century, 15 are from the 17th century and 13 survive from the 18th century). The building (in this image) on the corner of South Street is one of the oldest and is an original 16th Century timber framed house.

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