Thursday, 10 April 2014

Heavy Artillery, Below the Sea Wall and People of the Breakwater

"Heavy Artillery" :- This was shot in Elder Place near London Road & Preston Circus in Brighton, UK. It was one of those wonderful moments where everything seemed to fall together and the shot was suddenly there right in front of you. Graffiti and discarded shopping trolleys are the two things you can put money on seeing as you wander around most towns and cities. In fact it makes me wonder how many trolleys superstores and markets lose on a yearly basis. Wouldn't it be an idea to have the things tagged so that a mobile device or tracker could locate them and make them easier to retrieve or is that far to logical a thought?

"Below the Sea Wall" :- This vast undercliff walk and sea wall is approximately 3.5 miles or 5.63 kilometers in length. It runs between the village of Saltdean and the city of Brighton on the south coast of England. The most staggering thing about it to me is the fact that it was conceived and constructed in the 1930's. They were quick to realise that the chalk cliffs that supported much of the coastline would erode at an alarming rate due to the constant battering of the waves and decided to do something about it. To this day the sea wall with its clever "wave" design and curves has protected much of the cliff face as well as the road that runs on the top of the cliffs and a few houses that are close to the edge. This shot was taken between the villages of Saltdean & Rottingdean and shows the staggered way in which the wall was built and the clever use of steps that not only help provide access but also break up the waves.

"People of the Breakwater" :- A shadowy and silhouetted image of East Street Groyne / Breakwater on Brighton seafront. It was a sunny afternoon but as usual it was relatively chilly and far from warm. Even so a few day trippers were brave enough to be out and about and as is the norm they were all making their way to the sculpture (called "Afloat" and by Hamish Black) on the end so they could stick their heads and faces through the central hole and have their picture taken whilst doing so. It occurred to me while watching them that nothing's changed over the centuries. Throughout Europe medieval festivals proved popular and the "Feast of Fools" was the most well known and that pulling faces seemed to be a central theme. You placed your face in a hole or head through a horses yoke and contorted your face into the ugliest shape you could manage in the hope of winning. I stood watching the people on the breakwater photographing each other pulling faces through the hole, each one of them thought they were not only being funny but they were being highly original too.

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