Monday, 21 April 2014

Beauty and the Beast, Compressed and Copper Light

"Beauty and the Beast" :- Another shopping trolley/cart goes "AWOL" and stands discarded while 'Mother Nature' provides the stunning backdrop. This area was once a thriving and fun place to be. It was once the site for a large Art Deco Lido which everybody loved. The outdoor swimming pool was built in 1936 but it was eventually closed down in 1978 and demolished in 1979. Now the site stands empty and run down, broken concrete is strewn about the place and graffiti is on every wall and board. It looks disgraceful and it's disgusting that the area was simply flattened to then be left and ignored. It's an eyesore.

"Compressed" :- I am always fascinated by the way sound, wind and movement is flattened and stifled by mist and fog. It's an intriguing thing to watch and listen to. Obviously sound is affected because the fog interferes with the sound waves and also reduces the chances of anything echoing or bouncing back of wall and surfaces etc. But I am curious as to why it changes the sea. The tides still go in and out (nothing will stop that) but the sea remains flat with very little wave activity. I can only presume that the fog reduces the wind activity and thus calms the sea. It's a surreal landscape with no lapping water, no crashing waves, no gulls, no sounds and a stillness that envelopes everything. This shot was taken on the beach near Brighton marina during a heavy sea mist.

"Copper Light" :- Shot on the 16th November 2013 during an extremely low tide on Brighton beach. Things look so different when the sea decides to retreat more than usual. I'd love to see just how our planet really looks if all the water that filled our oceans, lakes and seas was removed. I know that most of our sea beds have been mapped but it's still hard to get your head around that there are grand canyon style areas under the water and submerged mountains. Then there are the 1000's of shipwrecks from throughout the ages and treasures and entire lost towns and ruins.

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