Monday, 30 June 2014

Ring of Brick, Pleasures Within and Red Iron

"Ring of Brick" :- A serene and calming image of a section of the Grand Union Canal as it passes through Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, England. It was early evening and I'd been walking along the tow path that ran alongside the canal for half an hour, looking at the various long boats moored up by the banks and nodding politley to the odd skipper as a boat gently chugged past and went on its way. This section was the bit that was free from any boats at all and as luck would have it the rich red bricked bridge was just in the right place and mirrored perfectly in the still calm water.

"Pleasures Within" :- The joy of living in Brighton is that you get to see it in a different way from how many tourists and day trippers see it. They know it just as the fish & chip, ice cream, amusement arcade, pier, beach bar and night club seaside resort but I know what it looks and feels like without them. One they have all got back in their cars or have climbed aboard the coaches or trains that take them back to their respective homes the place becomes a playground of solitude, peace and quiet. This image signifies the other side of Brighton (Sussex, England) that I have known all my life. A deserted ride on a deserted beach. The lights are on but nobody's home...

"Red Iron" :- "No person shall on or from the Pier, fish or use any rod, line, net or other means of catching fish otherwise than on or from such part or parts of the Pier as the Council may from time to time allow to be used for the purpose and shall be specified in a notice or notices affixed or set up in some suitable and conspicuous position on the Pier." This is a shot taken from the old iron fishing platform at the end of Worthing Pier and looking back towards the seafront of Worthing itself on the south coast of England. Worthing Pier officially opened on April 12th 1862, she was 960ft (292.608 meters) long and16ft (4.8768 meters) wide and was constructed of iron at a cost of £6,200. In 1888 a further £12,000 was spent on her as she was enlarged, strengthened and had a pavilion and landing stage added. In 1913 a huge storm hit the coastline and on March 22nd much of the souther end of the pier was damaged and in a state of collapse. She was repaired and in 1926 the Pier Pavilion was built at her entrance. In 1933 that very pavilion was destroyed by fire and was rebuilttwo years later at cost of £18,000. Then from 1939 she was closed due to the World War and remained closed for ten years before being restored and re-opened to the public in 1949. It's easy to walk on these historical structures and assume that they have always been like this. Each and every pier has its own history, story, trouble and turmoil and it's a miracle that so many of them have survived.

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