Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Pier Lighting, Highs & Lows and Organ Stops

"Pier Lighting" :- It wasn't until I started taking photographs and walking around with my eyes and mind open that I realised just how full to the brim Sussex (in Southern England) is with history. Everywhere you look and turn there's something to marvel at but that's only if you stop to notice it. Many go about their daily grind in a blinkered never ending rat race and when they do eventually find time to stop and relax they stare into their smartphones or ipads and continue to ignore their surroundings. This is an image of Worthing Pier in West Sussex on the South coast. It was a gloriously hot and sunny day and yet you'll notice that the pier is devoid of people. It was completely empty which I found baffling. The pier was originally designed by Sir Robert Rawlinson and opened to the public on 12th April 1862 (152 years ago). In 1913 it was damaged by a raging storm and in 1933 it was completely engulfed in flames with only the northern pavilion surviving. So what you see here is the remodelled pier from 1935 that was designed with a late type of Art Deco styling known as Streamline Moderne (also known as Art Moderne). Nobody seems to give her the time of day anymore. They walk past her on the prom, to busy to notice as they hurry off towards a neon hell of shopping parades and boutique stores. But here she stands in all her 1930's glory, looking as though she was built a day or so ago. I think she's stunning in her simplicity.

"Highs & Lows" :- The town of Looe is a small fishing port in south-east Cornwall, England. Its name derives from the cornish word Logh which means a deep water inlet. The town is split down the middle by the River Looe and is connected by an old bridge which (funnily enough) is called the "Old Bridge". On either side of the River Looe the town rises up on the sides of the steep valley. It's a very picturesqe and quaint place to visit with a good selection of restaurants and real Cornish pubs. I took this image early evening just as the sun was going down and the tide was at its lowest.

"Organ Stops" :- An old organ from the early 1900's sits by an ornate window and is located high up on a balcony within Brighton's ornate Middle Street Synagogue. It was bought in an auction in the 1930's and apparently cost 12 shillings and sixpence! The organ was manufactured by the Carpenter Organ Company of Brattleboro VT in the U.S.A. and today instruments by E.P. Carpenter & Company are considered to be some of the finest organs and melodeons built in the 19th Century. If you look carefully you'll see that in the middle between the organ stops there's a large round guage. It's actually a very unusual pressure indicator and the more negative air pressure that is generated by the pedalling the further the indicator dial arrow rotates showing the attainable volume levels at that particular moment. You will be surprised to learn that this beautiful and rare specimen is still fully playable and in tune.

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