Sunday, 5 January 2014

Village Cottages, Fe & Gold Upon Gold

"Village Cottages" :- These cottages are in the historical village of Rottingdean and date from the 18th Century so were built at some point during the 1700's. Certain parts of the village underwent huge reconstruction and many of the older buildings nearer the seafront end were (shamefully) demolished in the name of progress. Fortunately other parts of the village remained unscathed and still stand to this day reminding us all not only of its history but of the sturdy constructions they we able to build without modern techniques or machinery.

"Fe" :- The industrial revolution caused a tremendous change globally in the way that things were constructed and created. The Victorians went mental with their use of iron as foundries across the UK worked 24 hours a day churning it out in all shapes and sizes. Brighton was transformed during the 1800's as the Victorians created it's ornate and somewhat "frilly" looking seafront adding the famous turquoise railings, lamp posts, terraces and arches on Madeira Drive. It also meant that piers could be built and Britain's coast suddenly found odd constructions being built, sticking out into the sea from it's many beaches. Brighton was no different and at one point (for a brief period only) boasted three pier which were the Royal Suspension Chain Pier, the Palace Pier (now unceremoniously and unofficially renamed as the Brighton Pier) and the West Pier. The Palace (or Brighton) Pier still stands and plays host to millions (over 4 million people a year visit the pier) of visitors and is the only pier still functioning. The Royal Suspension Chain Pier (it was 350 yards long and thirteen feet wide) was destroyed in a storm on the 4th December 1896. Our beloved West Pier (opened in 1866 with a length of 1115 feet) closed to the public in 1975 and slowly deteriorated until several storms damaged it further and a series of highly suspicious fires left the shell that now stands just off the beach looking very lost at sea. Iron is a chemical element with the symbol Fe (from Latin: ferrum).

"Gold Upon Gold" :- This is an interior shot of the Catedrala Ortodoxa Sfanta Treime in the city of Arad in Romania. We'd been driving for days and were in need of a rest and bite to eat so we stopped for an hour or two in Arad which also gave me the opportunity to have a very quick look around and at the same time grab a few images. I'd have liked to have taken more within this Cathedral but just after I entered a group of people dressed in black arrived and a funeral commenced. Feeling very out of place and as if I was obtruding I quietly slipped away out of respect happy in the fact that I'd taken a few shots beforehand.

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