Monday, 5 May 2014

Electric Icon, Meeting House Lane and Chained

"Electric Icon" :- A blaze of light waves and ripples as it falls from the deck of the famous Victorian pier and reflects off the surface of the English channel. This is a view many will have experienced on a calm and balmy night on Brighton seafront (UK). To illuminate the pier they use 62,000 light bulbs which are a selection of energy saving bulbs, neons and low voltage lights. Its lights can be seen from miles away and on the really still and warm nights the music and screams from the fairground attractions on the end can be heard too. The Palace Pier (now unofficially renamed the Brighton Pier) was designed by Richard St. George Moore (1858-1926) and opened in May 1899. Over 4 million people visit it yearly and it's a grade II listed building.

"Meeting House Lane" :- One of the oldest sections of Brighton (on the south coast of England) is known as "The Lanes". A selection of tight and narrow passageways that were built up during the late 1700's. Meeting House Lane is one of the wider sections of The Lanes and it takes its name from the Quaker meeting house just around the corner. There's an old bricked up doorway in a section of the wall in the lane that once lead to the back of the meeting house. This is one of the lanes that features heavily in Brighton's Ghost Walks. There's a ghost known as the "Grey Nun" who's been spotted wandering around the area from time to time and her story has become a thing of legend. To be honest I am more fearful of the throngs of tourists that invade this historic part of the city than the odd apparition. As usual this image was an exercise in patience as I waited for the masses (and mindless) to extracate themselves from the lane so I could take the shot!

"Chained" :- This was shot down on the lower promenade in Brighton's old Fishing Quarter ( There are a couple of very old iron and wooden doors outside the Brighton Fisherman’s Society. I have been trying to find out some information about them but have so far come up empty handed. I can only speculate that they date from the 1800's when Brighton's seafront was full of boats used for the fishing industry. Brighton's Fishing Museum is The museum is run by volunteers, admission is free and it's open 7 days a week.

All Photography © Justin Hill