Thursday, 13 March 2014

Oozing Blue, Stairwell Shadows and Stand & Pier

"Oozing Blue" :- This was shot from the western bank of the Cuckmere River looking across the river itself towards the eastern bank and the start of the famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs. This is where the river Cuckmere spills out into the English Channel. During the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries this area was (understandably) well used by the used by smugglers. The beach here was also famously used in the opening scene of Kevin Costner's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

"Stairwell Shadows" :- A boring, nothing special set of stairs is turned into a visual treat just by sunlight and shadows. This is one of the mundane (not to mention smelly and dirty) sets of stairs that provide access to the many levels of the multi-storey car parks situated in Brighton's marina on the south coast of England. I was about to head off (after parking the car) on one of my long seafront walks but spotted this array of shadows as I passed by the open doorway. I was delighted to find that the sun was in the perfect position to line the shadow up with the stairs themselves. I couldn't have planned it any better!

"Stand and Pier" :- A shot of two of Brighton's wonderful Victorian marvels. Just 18 years separated their construction with the West Pier being built in 1866 and "The Birdcage" bandstand being built in 1884 but they couldn't be any further apart if they tried. One has been lovingly restored to its former glory and been given a Grade II listing as it's now considered to be a building of architectural importance. The other has been ignored and left to rot, burn, weather away and slowly vanish even though it is one of only two Grade I listed piers in the UK! I have no idea how the ornate bandstand survived throughout the ages. At one point Brighton & Hove had eight of them dotted along its long promenade. Slowly they were all torn down and vanished into the depths of history. The beautiful bandstand became dilapidated, run down and at one point looked as though that too was going to be flattened but then out of the blue a restoration project was up and running and she was saved. If you wish to see how they both looked in their day here's a shot of the West Pier circa 1920 and a selection of images of the bandstand.

Photography Copyright © Justin Hill