Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Saltdean Cliffs, Going Nowhere and Coat Hangers

"Saltdean Cliffs" :- This wide & vast expanse of concrete that forms part of the undecliff walk that runs between Saltdean & Brighton (on the south coast of England) was once a hive of activity. This was once the location of a large and very popular outdoor swimming pool that was built and incorporated into the undercliff walk in 1934. Year after year it provided exercise, fun & games until it was closed, demolished and concreted over in 1995 as part of a major coastal protection works. Quite how its closure added to the protection of the coast is beyond me as it stood there for years with the coast managing quite well with it open. Various facilities, entertainment complexes, theatres, cinemas, ice rinks, swimming pools & public conveniences used to be dotted around Brighton and the surrounding area until they were unceremoniously slowly and quietly shut down, closed to the public and demolished in the name of advancement (or some other excuse). It's hard to have fun anymore.

"Going Nowhere" :- Low tide in the harbour at Mevagissey, Cornwall. I couldn't believe my luck with this shot as all the angles fell into place and complimented each other while the heavy cloud laden sky formed the perfect backdrop. The village of Mevagissey dates back to 1313 but it was known as Porthhilly then. It was at the end of the 17th Century that it's name changed to Mevagissey (named after two Irish saints St Meva and St Issey). It comes as no surprise to find that the Cornish fishing village has a rich history with smugglers as most of Mevagissey was involved in the smuggling trade. This was mainly due to Captain James Dunn (Mevagissey born in 1755). He owned several vessels including the "Clausina", a boat well associated with the art of smuggling.

"Coat Hangers" :- This shot says a lot about me, but only if you know where I was at the time. For a long while I have wanted to gain access to the old Synagogue in Middle Street, Brighton (UK). It's one of Brighton's best kept secrets and is widely regarded as having the finest 19th century decorative interior of any building in Brighton with the sole exception of the Royal Pavilion. The Synagogue opened in 1875 and its interior was slowly added to by donations from various people of wealth including the Sassoon family and Hannah Primrose (nee Rothschild) , Countess of Rosebery and wife of Archibald Primrose, Earl of Rosebery (Prime Minister 1894/5). Well a few weeks ago I finally managed to get inside and took my camera along for the ride to photograph the sumptuous and exquisite decorations, fittings and stained glass that haven't changed since the early 20th Century. After I'd got much of what I wanted I wandered about, feasting my eyes on all the oddities and little things that many paid no attention to. These wonderful wooden coat hangers on a rail by the window caught my eye.

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