Sunday, 2 March 2014

Sunlit Hippodrome, St Margaret's in the Sun and Backlit

"Sunlit Hippodrome" :- This is an image of the Hippodrome in Middle Street, Brighton, England. It was originally built in 1897 and is now another of Brighton's grade II listed buildings. It's been closed for a long time now but is has been said that it 'is now probably the best surviving example of a circus - variety theatre in Britain.' The list of names that have appeared on stage at the Hippodrome is awe inspiring. The Rolling Stones and The Beatles both performed on stage here but I find it even more fascinating to discover that Harry Houdini, Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin also trod the boards of this historic building. There are new plans afoot to 'transform' the Hippodrome into an 'entertainment hub' but I fear that means the integrity and beauty of the building and surrounding area will no doubt suffer due to horrendous modern design and more money than brains. The restoration project can be seen here :- Brighton Hippodrome

"St Margaret's in the Sun" :- St Margaret's Church is a very old building and can be found in the even older village of Rottingdean near Brighton, England. The Church is purportedly a 13th Century building and has a fascinating but grim history attached to it. In 1377 the village was attacked by French pirates and many of the villagers took refuge and sanctuary within the church's Saxon-built tower. Failing to gain entry and take the tower the pirates put their torches to it and set it ablaze and over a hundred villagers are thought to have died in the fire. The church also boasts some very fine stained glass windows by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones (whose ashes are also buried in the churchyard). The most recent famous name to be buried in the churchyard was the rock and blues guitarist Gary Moore who died in February 2011.

"Backlit" :- Late afternoon on Brighton beach. Sometimes the greatest shots are the ones where there's seemingly nothing there. A gull flies back lit as the sun hides behind a low cloud drifting out to sea. The beach was quiet (and cold) but the peacefulness was wonderful.

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