Saturday, 21 June 2014

Lambs & Stone, Hammond and Golden Colonnade

"Lambs & Stone" :- I thought I'd post this image today as it's the Summer Solstice and thousands gathered at Stonehenge to watch the sunrise. But this isn't an image from Stonehenge, this is a shot I took from within Avebury, the largest prehistoric stone circle in the world which is at least 2000 years older than the more famous Stonehenge. The village of Avebury is also the only village in the world that's actually inside a stone circle making both its pub and church unique. It's a huge site to explore and you can wander around freely within its huge circular bank, ditch and inner circle of great standing stones that cove an area of over 28 acres.

"Hammond" :- At the time I didn't really pay too much attention to the shot and took it more as an afterthought than anything else. Something must have caught my eye and made me stop enough to grab the image but I'm not sure what it was. It was only when processing the image that I realised just how strong a shot it is. The light and shade are in stark contrast with each other throughout and there's a musty atmosphere to it that evokes a feeling of times gone by. An old Hammond organ sits patiently in the hope that one day it may well get to be played once again. The door to the 'Ladies Cloakroom' has a sign on it that reads "The Wardens and Board of Management request Members and Visitors to leave Sticks and Umbrellas in the Lobby". This is the upper hallway of the famous Middle Street Synagogue (opened in 1875) in Brighton.

"Golden Colonnade" :- By day this Colonnade has tables and chairs placed along its length as there's the Volks Bar at one end and the Madeira Cafe at the other. Day trippers, tourists and bikers can be seen throughout the day eating and relaxing on the seafront. It takes on a completely dfferent feeling at night, desolate, devoid of life and eerie with the lighting casting shadows. The Colonnade was built in the 1920's when Brighton's famous Aquarium (the world's oldest operating aquarium) extended its sun terrace. It also marks the very spot that Brighton's original old Chain Pier (1823 - 1896) stretched from as the chains that supported it were embedded into the cliff face and then stretched across the road and then out to sea suspended from four cast-iron towers.

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