Monday, 31 March 2014

Front Line, Primeval and Sky Filled Pond

"Front Line" :- An early evening shot of the old railway lines that run between Brighton's famous old Victorian Pier and the Marina. These are no ordinary railway lines though as these belong to the Volk's Electric Railway which is the the 'world's oldest operating electric railway'. It opened to the public on August 4th, 1883 and the journey was originally just over a quarter of a mile (Approx 402 meters). Quite soon after it was put into operation Magnus Volk tried to get permission to lengthen the track running West but that was blocked so he changed his plans and got approval for it to be extended towards the East instead. At the same time the work was being carried out on extending the track he also had its gauge widened to 2’8½”. The new line was constructed at quite a rate and just eight months after it's original opening it was ready for public use once more on April 4th 1884.

"Primeval" :- There's nothing in this image that lets you know when it was taken...unless you know what you're looking for and then it only suggests that it was taken sometime after 1901. I'll let you ponder on that one (it's easier if you know some of Brighton's history). On the face of it though this shot and image looks timeless and primordial. It wouldn't surprise me if a fish crawled out of the sea, stood up and had a walk around thus ensuring evolution's place on this fine world of ours.

"Sky Filled Pond" :- Shot one week ago on March 24th (2014) during a long and relatively arduous walk to Lewes and back from Ovingdean in Sussex, England. The dew pond is located 1.8 miles (2.89 km) from Woodingdean and 1 mile (1.60 km) from the village of Kingston and sits on top of a large hill that's part of the South Downs Way. The weather wasn't hot but it was mild and dry which meant it was perfect to take in some scenery and have a good long walk.

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Sunday, 30 March 2014

This Most Excellent Canopy, Wear and Tear and Knock Three Times

"This Most Excellent Canopy" :- I could talk and prattle on about what was going through my mind at the time or what it felt like to be there at the time etc but I shan't. The image speaks for itself and to be honest I really can't think of any words that will do it justice. It was simply another case of right time, right place. Shot on Brighton beach, Sussex, England.

"Wear and Tear" :- A moody and atmospheric shot of the beach at Ovingdean Gap on the south coast of England. If you follow the chalk line of the cliffs into the distance it will bring you to the outline of Brighton Marina and Brighton itself. This is the beach that I visit when i want to get away from it all. It's peaceful and way out of the way of the busy city and tourist areas. On hot days it gets busy but most of the time it's quiet. Rock pools are everywhere, large lumps of chalk mix with natural rocks and the odd lump of concrete. You have to look where you're going and tread carefully but it's a great place to explore and relax.

"Knock Three Times" :- There are plenty of these small doors dotted along Brighton's promenade. I'm guessing that they are service doors that allow access to the vast Victorian sewer network that's way below Brighton but i'm not 100% sure. They start appearing at intervals just under the Victorian Terrace (built in 1890) that's on the lower seafront road called Madeira Drive and they carry on as far as the marina, stop for a short while and then resume once more along the undercliff walk. I'd be fascinated to know what really is behind them or what they lead to but then another part of me doesn't want to know as 's more fun letting the imagination run riot!

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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Comfort, Rock Breakwater and Sunset Promenade

"Comfort" :- I have no idea of the back-story as to why this bench was covered in the first place but it's certainly seen better days. It's situated at the bottom of Elm Grove on the corner where it meets the Lewes Road near The Level in Brighton, England. Yet again I was getting strange looks from passers by as I stood there taking shots of it but to me it was a perfect subject. The green background with the red torn fabric, the white stuffing and grotty stonework all came together to make an intriguing image.

"Rock Breakwater" :- The Victorians were great for protecting much of Brighton, its beaches and the seafront. They were fully aware that offshore drift would cause massive erosion and that the consequences could be cataclysmic as far as Brighton was concerned. So they built huge breakwaters (groynes) out of concrete and stone at intervals all the way from Hove out to Black Rock at the far eastern end of Brighton (where the Marina is now). But only a few were built at Ovingdean Gap , Rottingdean and Saltdean. These few out of town served their purpose reasonably well but as time progressed it became apparent that more needed to be done to protect the small stretches of beach further out. So instead of building more concrete breakwaters like the Victorians had it was decided to ship in giant rocks and boulders from somewhere (no idea where) and pile them up to interrupt the sea's flow and erosive qualities. I photographed this one near Saltdean.

"Sunset Promenade" :- This is a shot of Hove promenade at the far end of Hove Lawns near the old King Alfred Leisure Centre. It had been a rather uneventful walk but I had a feeling that there was going to be a great sunset so made an effort to keep going in the hope that i'd be in the right place at the right time for sundown. It turns out my instincts had been right as the sun put on a great show which I photographed on the beach for a while before turning around and heading back towards Brighton. This shot was taken on my way back as I turned around to find an empty promenade backed by the sunset.

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Friday, 28 March 2014

Rainbow Tunnel, Obertrubach and School on the Hill

"Rainbow Tunnel" :- This used to be a very drab and dingy Victorian tunnel in the heart of Brighton. It's surprising how just a few brightly coloured neon tubes can change the atmosphere of a place. It's made it feel much nicer even though nothing has actually changed. This is the tunnel at the top of Brighton's Trafalgar street. The iron work that you can see (at the top of the image) supports the road, pavement and main entrance to Brighton Railway Station. The station itself (Opened 11th May 1840) was built way before Queen's road and the bridge / tunnel.

"Obertrubach" :- This is where I stopped on one of the last night when I was driving back from Romania to England. The place is called Obertrubach and it's in the district of Forchheim in Bavaria in Germany. It's not a very big place (it's population is just over 2,000) but it's very picturesque and beautiful. I'd driven (for what seemed like ages) on roads that wound their way through dense forests and woodland. At one point I seriously thought the sat nav had sent us the wrong way as nothing seemed to be in the area at all and then all of a sudden we were down a steep stretch of road where these wondrous buildings were waiting for us. We stayed in the Gasthof "Alte Post", a reasonably large traditional looking Bavarian building that was quite warren like inside. The food was superb and it has to be said that the Bavarian beer was even better!

"School on the Hill" :- Speaking personally I find the secret to most photography isn't about the camera or how much equipment you've got. It's not about what settings you use or even about how you yourself see things. In its most basic form it's about getting off your backside and getting out there. How can you possibly find yourself in the right place at the right time if you hardly ever venture out. I get asked many many times about how I got this shot or that image and it's simple. I walk a lot with the camera at the ready, sometimes for hours. There are days i get back home with just a few shots in the camera and there are others when I return with a full up memory card. I never know what I'll see or what will happen when I am out but at least I am there for when or if it does. This was one of those occasions. I was walking into Brighton from Ovingdean and the weather started to turn nasty. It got cold and you could feel and smell the dampness building up in the air. I decided to head along the huge eastern arm of the Marina in the hope of finding some shelter when the skies opened. I happened to glance back towards the direction from which i'd walked and this was the sight I saw. In this image you can see the world famous Roedean School sitting high up on the cliff top backed by storm clouds just as the sun broke through the cloud behind me and lit the entire lot up!

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Thursday, 27 March 2014

Safe, Hove Lagoon and Historical Ditchling

"Safe" :- I pass this section of wall many times as it's located two thirds of the way up the steps that connect the cliff top to the beach at Ovingdean Gap on the south coast of England. It always amuses and unnerves me that the old 1930's safety rail is fixed into a section of wall that doesn't look so secure itself. The entire undercliff walk and stair at Ovingdean Gap were built during the 1930's so they are bound to be in need of some attention. Like most things of a historical nature in Brighton they are overlooked and ignored until it's too late to save them or do anything about them.

"Hove Lagoon" :- This was yet another one of my long walks. I'd driven into town and parked the car at Brighton Marina (free parking which is far better than the over-inflated extortionate prices they charge you to park in the center) and had walked along the promenade and seafront. For some reason I kept on walking ... and walking ... and walking. Before I knew it was once again at the far end of Hove Lawns but instead of turning around to head off back again elected to keep on going until I got to Hove Lagoon which is (approx) 7.24 km or 4.5 miles. When I eventually got there the sky clouded over and the temperature dropped enough to put a chill in the air and at that point I grabbed this image looking across the lagoon towards the beach promenade and the Hove Deep Sea Anglers Club. Of course the one thing about walking all the way out there is the realisation that you then have to walk the 7.24 km or 4.5 miles back to get to the car ... which I happily did. Not bad for an old bloke!

"Historical Ditchling" :- I wish I could tell you all about these two wonderful and very old building that are in the high street in the village of Ditchling in Sussex, England. Unfortunately I know very little about them and have trawled the internet trying to locate information about them but have come up with next to nothing. All I have found out is that the cream coloured building on the right (currently a florists called Amaryllis) is Grade II listed and dates from the 16th Century. I am therefore guessing (possibly wrongly) that the building on the left (currently an estate agents called Marchants) in theory should date from around the same period. The history of Ditchling village itself 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.

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Chalk Run, The Waterside and Brighton Music Hall

"Chalk Run" :- On Monday this week (24th March 2014) I embarked on a long but very wonderful countryside walk. I decided to walk from the village of Ovingdean (where I live on the outskirts of Brighton) to the reasonably nearby historical town of Lewes. It's a journey that usually takes 15 to 20 minutes by car but when walking takes (approx) 90 minutes. The first part of the journey is walking up over the bridleway from Ovingdean to Woodingdean and doesn't take too long. The second stage is longer and a tad more strenuous as it involves walking from Woodingdean to the village of Kingston which is via various bridleways and fields. Just before you get to the village you have to negotiate a very steep and winding chalk path that works it way down the hillside and into the village. It was near the top of the chalk path that I took this image and you can just see part of Kingston village at the bottom. The view from the top is simply stunning as you look out over Kingston and Lewes and a major part of the Sussex countryside. Once you are at the bottom there's a short road (Kingston Ridge) before crossing the main road (Ashcombe Lane) and on towards Ashcombe Windmill. A large field then offers up more wonderful views and once you have crossed that there's another short tree lined lane that then opens up into Juggs Road which eventually leads you into Southover High Street and the historical Anne of Cleves House in Lewes. I think I spent about 45 minutes in Lewes before deciding to turn around and walk all the way back again before the light failed. It was a mad thing to do but I'm pleased I did it and even more pleased that I took my camera along for the journey!

"The Waterside" :- This was shot a couple of years ago during a wonderful July heatwave that was roasting the south of England. I'd been out on a drive about and found myself parked up and wandering about Shoreham Harbour on the south coast. This image was taken on the small stretch of pebbled beach near the old lighthouse and new lifeboat house.

"Brighton Music Hall" :- A wet and cold lower promenade on Brighton seafront provided me with this photo opportunity. I was the only one mad enough to be out and about (as usual) and just happened to walk past this beach bar as it was closing for the day. Just the interior bar lights were on and as luck would have it the main central shutters had not been brought down so the light was spilling out in a wet glow over the promenade.

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Running in the Shadows, Street & Spire and Four

"Running in the Shadows" :- A sunny afternoon wandering around Brighton's Stanmer Park (Sussex, England) offered up this wonderful photo opportunity. Purely by chance the distant dog walkers, parents and children playing were all perfectly placed between the trees and the shadows. I made sure I lined myself and the shot up with a tree so that it would neatly block the sun. That in turn made the shadow fall directly over me which leads the eye into the shot very neatly. 500 acres of woodland make up Stanmer Park which was once a private estate in the 1700's.

"Street & Spire" :- This is a view of Boyces Street as seen from Middle Street in the heart of Brighton, England. The spire in the background belongs to the Parish Church of St Paul which is located in West Street. St Paul's is the church that asked me (a couple of years ago) to photograph their stained glass windows for them, you can read about that here :- Pugin's Stained Glass Windows. The church dates from the mid 1800's is a Grade II listed building. The spire is of particular interest because it's octagonal and predominantly timber. It was constructed that way because in 1861 the 450 year old stone spire of Chichester Cathedral had collapsed.

"Four" :- Slowly but surely more and more of our beloved West Pier (Brighton, England) is lost to the sea and the ravages of time. She was built in 1866 by Eugenius Birch and stood strong and firm for over 100 years and then the Brighton authorities closed her to the public in 1975 and simply turned their back on her and let her rot. She was a grand and beautiful construction, full of Victorian elegance and styling. Now she's laid bare for all to see as she gently crumbles and is taken away by the storms and tides. I don't care how she looks because I don't see her for what she is now, I see her for what she was then. When I look at her I see an age where fancy architecture and finery were highly regarded, where polite behaviour was automatic and people dressed appropriately.

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Monday, 24 March 2014

Surfaced, Coastal Fog and Natural Barrier

"Surfaced" :- Ok , I own up. This hadn't surfaced at all. In fact it hadn't moved an inch as it was the water of the English Channel that had receded at low tide exposing this large Victorian breakwater / groyne. It was as I was framing the shot in the camera that it struck me how much like the bow of a surfacing submarine it looked. Admittedly it's made out of stone and not metal but it does have that look about it. It's actually the "Medina Groyne" or "Hove Walkway" which is located at the far end of the Hove lawns and promenade. It was built at some point in the late 1800's although I am unsure of the exact year although the flint seawall in Hove was built in sections and the Medina Lawns to Hove St. section was built in 1895 so I presume (right or wrongly) that it was (approximately) constructed at the same time.

"Coastal Fog" :- I like walking around Brighton when there's a thick mist or sea fog rolling in. Everything sounds different, all noise is deadened as the fog somehow stops it reflecting and bouncing off surfaces. It eats it up before it can generate an echo. There's a surreal, unearthly feel to it all and I love it. The strangest thing is when you know exactly where you are but you still cannot see the things that you know should be visible at that point. A few weeks ago I was walking along the beach during a foggy afternoon and I knew that I should be able to see the pier and Brighton wheel from where I was but there was just a blanket of grey there. It took quite a while walking along the beach before the fog lifted slightly and they came into view. It was at that point that I grabbed this image. And before anyone out there points it out, yes it is a grainy image but this is how I chose to process it. Live with it.

"Natural Barrier" :- Simple, effective, intriguing, surreal and slightly ... every so slightly mind bending. This was shot on Saltdean beach during low tide. The exposed and weathered chalk bed was acting as a tidal barrier which meant the trapped salt water near the shore was like a sheet of polished glass. Not a ripple could be seen even though the waves were coming in right behind. This meant that the chalk bed poking up through the water was being perfectly mirrored causing an odd floating in space illusion. I sat for a while squinting at it and for a few seconds convinced my brain that it was some sort of asteroid belt before snapping out of it, taking the shot and moving on. I am such a child when I am out with the camera!

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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Heaven & Earth, Graves & Door and Sun Terrace

"Heaven & Earth" :- I'm lucky living near the beach and the coast. It's a place I return to time and time again virtually on a weekly basis. I never tire of it or get bored as it's ever changing and evolving. It looks so very different depending on the time of day you visit and what the weather is up to. The different combinations are never ending and forever offering up something visual. This image was taken and created back in November (2013) on Brighton beach during low tide.

"Graves & Door" :- This was shot in the grounds of St John's Church in the village of Piddinghoe (between Lewes & Newhaven) in Sussex, England. The church is mainly 12th and 13th Century with a few repairs and additions made in the 19th Century. t's one of only three churches in Sussex with a round tower (out of shot) opposed to the square Norman towers that feature in so many other churches. It also has a You can see in this shot (top left) the shadow of the weather vane on the roof. It's unusual in that it's a large gilded fish. No one knows the age of it or why it's shaped like a fish but it was definitely sitting high up on the tower during the late 1800's and in 1902 Rudyard Kipling wrote about it in his poem "Sussex" when he used artistic licence freely and said "where windy Piddinghoe's begilded dolphin veers".

"Sun Terrace" :- Brighton's famous turquoise painted Victorian railings cast a long pattern on the middle terrace. The terrace has been named "Max Miller Walk" after Max Miller (1894 -1963) "The Cheeky Chappie" who was a famous comedian and film star and lived in Brighton. Quite a lot of the terrace has been recently closed to the public due to "safety" concerns but some sections are still open. This view is looking West towards the Brighton Wheel and Royal Albion Hotel.

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Saturday, 22 March 2014

Blue Light Green Light, Clifftop War Memorial and Epic Sunset

"Blue Light Green Light " :- This is a section of the famous Brighton Lanes, lit up at night and glowing from recent rainfall. The Lanes were originally part of the settlement of Brighthelmstone. They were built up more during the 18th century and by 1792 they were fully laid out and planned. The large white building was once the Union Chapel. For three entire centuries it was used for religious purposes and then in the late 1980's it was decommissioned and converted into a public house. It's now goes under the name of "The Font" and is a grade II listed building.

"Clifftop War Memorial" :- This stone obelisk sits high up on the cliff top at Telscombe commanding great views over the English Channel. It's a memorial to those that lost their lives in the war and is in the perfect place to sit and reflect.

"Epic Sunset" :- Another unexpected (but slightly anticipated) moment where I found myself in the right place at the right time. Slipping around out on the rocks with wet boots and cold fingers. Fumbling around with the camera whilst mumbling to myself that I was wasting my time and then it happened. The clouds split, the sun broke through and the pinks, golds, blues and purples created something that you normally only see in paintings. A bit of sun flare in the camera added to the scene and another idyllic (but chilly) day at Ovingdean Gap came to an end.

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Friday, 21 March 2014

Sussex Arms, Higher Ground and Brooding Cemetary

"The Sussex Arms" :- This is a shot of the back of The Sussex Arms, a bar that's located in East Street, Brighton, England. Apparently during the 18th and 19th Centuries the pub was situated at the side of a small harbour full of fishing boats. The harbour has long since gone (it's now a Taxi rank) but the pub remains firm and is still serving alcoholic beverages to this day. Up until 1816 it was under the name of the "Spread Eagle" and was another Brighton establishment frequented by smugglers.

"Higher Ground" :- A different angle and view of the twisted ruins of the West Pier on Brighton seafront (UK). The storms had whipped up the sea into a frenzy and it had not only taken another section of the pier out but it had also pushed the beach back and up. This enabled me to stand on a high shelf of pebbles and look down on the old supports and the pier itself which in effect put me at the height I would have been at if the pier was intact and I was standing on its deck! Looking at it like this now it's hard to think back to the times when as a child I walked on its boards and enjoyed its amusements.

"Brooding Cemetery" :- A bleak and moody shot of Brighton and Preston Cemetery situated on Hartington Road, Brighton, England. The cemetery opened in 1886 and covers (approximately) 28 acres of grounds. Before it was turned into the cemetery the land was originally part Scabe's Castle Farm, the last of the farm buildings were demolished in 1903.

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Thursday, 20 March 2014

Abandoned, North Gate and Watch Your Step

"Abandoned" :- Once in a while a scene or situation presents itself that's simply too good to ignore. I was taking a stroll along the beach when I happened to glance to my right at the arches on Madeira Drive. It offered up to me the chance to get this shot with nobody in it. No cars, buses, motorbikes or trucks on the upper or lower road. No gulls, dogs, roller skaters, joggers or walkers in view either. An image of Brighton beach, the arches, terrace and seafront architecture without anyone in sight. Unbelievable. It's easy to forget just how unique and stunning the Brighton front is but when you see it like this it's jaw dropping.

"North Gate" :- A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that the various elements and structures that form the Royal Pavilion & Dome complex (including its gardens) were all built and constructed at the same time as the Royal Pavilion itself. This is not the case. The Royal Pavilion itself started out life as a relatively simple (but large) summer house in 1787 and was then transformed by John Nash between 1815 and 1822 into what you now know as Brighton Pavilion. This image is of the Northern Gate to the Pavilion and its gardens and it wasn't built until 1832 a full 10 years after Nash had finished the lavish Pavilion. The gate is constructed out of Portland stone and is of Indian styling to fit in with the look of the pavilion itself (the pavilion is Pseudo Indian on the outside and its interior is peculiarly Pseudo Chinese).

"Watch Your Step" :- It comes as no surprise to find out that I did not set foot on these steps at all and that I avoided them at all costs. Spending half of their time submerged in sea water means that they end up covered in thick green slimy weed that when stood on takes on the properties of ice. I do love the natural subdued grey, green, brown and blue hues that the seaside provides.

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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Wet Deck, Sussex Coast and Water Light

"Wet Deck" :- Cold, miserable and wet. Even though Brighton is a famous thriving seaside resort it's not bathed in sunshine week in week out. It's like all other coastal resorts and gets its fair share of the bad weather. However, this does mean that if you are brave enough to venture out during the driving rain you get to have some of Brighton's tourist sights and famous landmarks all to yourself. This was shot on Brighton's pier a few weeks ago.

"Sussex Coast" :- This is a shot of the main south coast road (A259), clifftop and Saltdean village. In the distance you can just make out Brighton Marina, you can also clearly see the undercliff walk that goes all the way into Brighton.

"Water Light" :- Dusk at Brighton Marina is a very atmospheric experience. The half light makes everything look deep and cold but gives it all a strange warmth at the same time. Blue exudes from all that surrounds you as the gentle lapping of water and the sounds of cables clanking on metal masts fill the air.

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Monday, 17 March 2014

Ghosts of the Past, Turned & Ready and Perfect Solitude

"Ghosts of the Past" :- A few days ago a thick sea mist and fog hit much of the south of England. The coastal areas were fading in and out as if the reception was particularly bad which created an eerie and odd atmosphere. I decided to walk into Brighton and take my camera along for the fun of it. This shot of the pier was taken around 18:00 pm just at lighting up time and as the mist was rolling in again. I love the way the lights fade into nothing as you chase them down the length of the pier.

"Turned & Ready" :- Less is more or so it often seems. The more simple and 'clean' something is the more effective it appears to be. This goes for design, architecture, art, music, story telling and photography. I was getting a few odd looks as I stood on the path that ran alongside this field. The newly constructed path runs between Woodingdean and the village of Falmer, it's quite a walk but a very nice walk and on a Saturday afternoon I found myself sharing it with a lot of football fans heading towards the Amex Stadium at Falmer. So it was the football fans who were giving me odd looks as i stopped and took this shot. I could see them and hear thinking "What's he photographing?" or "There's nothing there, what's he doing that for?". But to me there was something there and that something was what they'd already spotted but thought nothing off and that something was...nothing. Space. Pure clean space. Some dirt and some sky with an awful lot of nothing thrown in. Beautiful.

"Perfect Solitude" :- This is a place that you'll often find me in. Down on the beach and among the rocks at the foot of the chalk cliffs that run along much of Brighton's east coastline. I am lucky as the beach is only a 25 minute walk from my front door. I can escape the technological world and the noise of modern life and breathe the air, taste the salt and appreciate the planet down here. It's primordial at times. It's stunning and simple. The waves come in and the waves go out. The gulls fly by. That's it.

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Sunday, 16 March 2014

Barred, Heavens Above and Roof Space

"Barred " :- This was shot down on Brighton beach promenade just to the west of the pier. I'm not sure what it used to be used for but now it's all closed up with grills over the windows and a bar across the door. The shadows, shapes and play of light caught my attention which is why I stopped and photographed it. It's not the most glamorous of subjects but it's still part of Brighton.

"Heavens Above" :- An uneventful and unfruitful expedition with the camera left me with sore feet and not much else. After a three hour walk I'd had enough and was making my way back to where I'd parked the car when the clouds parted and mother nature made her move. The sunlight ripped through the gaps and back-lit the pier perfectly with dancing beams of light. I ran across the beach to get a better position for the shot before the clouds swallowed it all up again. I like this image, I love the way the angle of the beach, clouds and light match.

"Roof Space" :- This is the interior of the mighty St Bartholomew's Church in Brighton, England. It was built between 1872 and 1874 and it's colossal. It's 170 feet (51.81 meters) in length, 59 feet (17.98 meters) wide and has a height of 135 feet (41.14 meters ) to the ridge of the roof . To give you an idea of scale and put a little perspective on things the cross that you see built into the far (northern) wall is 30 feet (9.14 meters) high. There's a huge calmness inside but if you do happen to drop something or knock into anything the sound it makes seems to last forever as it rolls around and reverberates within the cavernous space created.

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Saturday, 15 March 2014

Life Beyond, Little East St Corner and Peace at Last

"Life Beyond" :- This is an early evening shot of Hove promenade and seafront after clearing up the pebbles and beach that the storms dumped on it a month or so ago. t now looks as though nothing ever happened as peace and tranquility is once again restored. Don't let the image fool you, there were a lot of people about, roller skaters, skate boarders, dog walkers and couples out for a stroll. Once again I patiently waited and chose my moment to grab the shot.

"Little East St Corner" :- Tucked around the side of Brighton's Town Hall you'll find Little East Street that run between Bartholomews and the Kings Road on the seafront. It has a few little cafes and restaurants and gives the feel of what old Brighton must have been like. On the bottom left of the image you can see a sign saying Little east Street, the sign is on the corner of a small alleyway that was made famous in the the film "Quadrophenia". It's the alley where Phil Daniels and Leslie Ash had their intimate encounter!

"Peace at Last" :- A burnt umber sun fights with heavy clouds to show off one final time before calling it a day. This idyllic scene was shot on the beach near Saltdean on the south coast of England. The tide was on its way back but a band of rock and chalk was acting as a barrier so the water was still calm in the pools nearer the beach. Others were happily walking by on the undercliff walk without paying much attention to the spectacle at all. I was the only one on the beach with a camera. The scene was mine for the taking.

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Friday, 14 March 2014

Lilac Euphoria, A Seaside Resort and Overgrown Gravestone

"Lilac Euphoria" :- A different view of Brighton and the English Channel. The shot was taken from Brighton's race course high up on the race hill late afternoon / early evening. Here's a rough guide to a few of the things you can see in this shot. On the left hand side there's a white building, that's Marine Gate (now apartments) which was built in the 1930's and bombed several times during WWII due to it being next door to the gasworks which you can see (blue cylindrical metal frame) just to the right of it. Further to the right you will just be able to make out a spire. That's St Mary's Church which (due to various arguments) took 10 full years to build starting in 1838. It became redundant in 1986 and was taken over by St Mary's Hall school and used as their chapel ... this was first proposed in 1838 and was the cause of the arguments. A little further to the right and you'll see a fairly high white block which is the Royal Sussex County Hospital (& Brighton's man hospital). The white block that youis a far newer section than the original building that is still used but not visible in this image. The foundations stone to the hospital was laid on 16 March 1826. Further to the right you can clearly see the large booster aerial that overlooks a lot of Brighton enabling radio signals and TV signals to reach their intended destinations and devices. Finally (and right on the edge of the shot on the right) you can see the race course grandstand itself. Brighton race course is not circular but a 'wobbly' U shape and it also crosses a couple of roads so traffic has to be stopped during each race!

"A Seaside Resort" :- It was oppressive. You could feel the change in air pressure all around you. The temperature dropped, the wind picked up and the skies opened. It was torrential. While all others headed towards the exit in search of a warm cafe to shelter in I headed in the opposite direction, bracing myself against the storm and keeping an eye out for a decent shot. There are a lot of doorways and overhanging bits or architecture on the pier that (very handily) provide shelter and protection from the elements so I was able to grab a few images before deciding that I was wet enough and that it was time to retreat indoors.

"Overgrown Gravestone" :- Wild, overgrown and 100% natural. This solitary gravestone stands in the Churchyard of St John's Church which dates from the early 12th century. The church is in the village of Piddinghoe (near Newhaven) in Sussex. The village was once well known for smugglers and is not mentioned in the Domesday Book at so it must date from after 1086.

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