Monday, 7 July 2014

On Top of the Arm, Under & Through and Floating in Space

"On Top of the Arm" :- A calm, still and warm April afternoon back in 2013. I thought I'd venture out onto the massive Western arm of Brighton Marina. The breakwater walls of the marina are constructed out of huge concrete caissons that are 38 feet in height and weigh over 600 tons each. They were cast on shore and then carried out into position by a massive gantry crane that placed them on the sea bed. I can clearly remember my parents taking me down there in the 70's and watching some of them slowly being put in place. Once they were in position each huge caisson was then filled with 1,000 tons of concrete. I found it odd to be the only one out on the arm on such a sunny afternoon and still day. Where were all the fishermen?

"Under & Through" :- Not the sort of place you want to find yourself in at night but for artistic and photographic purposes I thought it was worth a shot. This is the underside of Brighton's famous Victorian Pier. Above, at street level you will discover the concourse and main entrance that leads you out onto the boards that take you over the sea for a third of a mile (which is 1,772 ft or 540.10 meters). This dark and foreboding side is rarely seen by tourists and to be honest it's hardly visited by locals either. There are a few maintenence doors set in the wall that lead to generator & storage rooms but other than that there's no reason to venture down here ... unless you are trying to get a really moody shot and image.

"Floating in Space" :- Low tide on a February afternoon on the south coast of England. The terrain and sea bed changes drastically once you head East from the village of Rottingdean and head towards Saltdean. Large chalk formations jut out of the water and create an alien landscape that's hard to believe is part of our very own planet. Thousands upon thousands of years of erosion and weathering has gone into the formation of this landscape and it will continue to evolve and change long after we have gone. It makes you wonder just how our planet looked before the elements changed it and before we arrived.

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