Saturday, 1 March 2014

Beach or Prom, Behind the Pav Tav and Turner Skies

"Beach or Prom" :- Believe it or not this is not a section of the beach but is actually Brighton & Hove promenade. A few weeks ago Britain got hit by a series of storms and the West and South coasts got seriously battered by high winds and equally high seas. I have lived in Brighton my entire life and have never seen the beach invade the promenade like this.The railings are built up on the sea wall so there's normally a good 1.5 meters (approx) drop down to the beach from the wall. This time I was able to simply step over the rails and take the shot. It wakes you up to the staggering power of nature when an entire beach is picked up and moved to where it shouldn't be. The bench gives you an indication of the depth of pebbles on the prom.

"Behind the Pav Tav" :- This is a view looking down the lane that runs between the Old Steine and East Street in Brighton. It cuts down behind the Royal Pavilion Tavern (Locally known as the "Pav Tav") which is one of Brighton's oldest surviving pubs. The building is now a Grade II listed structure and is a converted 19th century house. In the early 1800's the building was also used as a court.

"Turner Skies" :- Both John Constable and Joseph Mallord William Turner visited Brighton and painted images of it whilst they were there. There's currently an exhibition on at the Royal Pavilion called "Turner In Brighton" due to the recent acquisition of his 1824 painting "Brighthelmston, Sussex". Anyway not too long ago I was wandering along a section of Brighton & Hove beach when this incredible display was put on as the sun went down. I was instantly reminded of the fiery sky in Turner's famous "The Fighting Temeraire" and the many other sunsets that he painted. I could almost imagine him sitting in behind an easel on the beach and painting this very view.

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