Sunday, 17 August 2014

East Porch,Gatehouse & Tower and Sleepy Shores

"East Porch" :- I'd wandered around in silence. The cavernous interior echoing with every step that I made. Distant chatter from a room off to one side was drifting through and rolling around. Everything had a dreamlike quality to it. I didn't see anybody else at all. Just me and the light from the stained glass in a reverential void. In all the years I had lived in Brighton I had never set foot in St Mary's, a church that sits on the corner of Upper Rock Gardens and St James's Street in the city of Brighton. From the outside it's never looked that impressive but I was surprised to find it had somewhat of a TARDIS quality about it as it looked and felt a lot bigger once I stepped inside. St Mary's Church was consecrated on 14 October 1878 and stands on the site of a previous chapel which was also names St Mary's. After taking several photographs I decided to go on my way and stopped briefly to grab this shot on my way out as the intense sunlight flooding in from the street was too good an opportunity to miss.

"Gatehouse & Tower" :- It's very rare to find or see a castle that's not a ruin. They are usually a mixture of broken walls, crumbling turrets and footings that give you a rough idea of where something once was. Arundel Castle is different. It still stands in its entirety and lets you see exactly what a castle should look like and just how impenetrable they were if you were unfortunate enough to be on the outside. It's actually a restored medieval castle and stately home in Arundel which is (approx) 17.3 kilometers or 10.8 miles East of the city of Chichester in West Sussex. It was built at the end of the 11th Century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel. The Castle's Motte was built in 1068 (just a couple of years after the Battle of Hastings) and is the oldest feature. The Castle has been in the family of the Duke of Norfolk for over 400 years and is still the principal seat of the Norfolk family. It comes as no surprise to discover that it's also a Grade I listed building.

"Sleepy Shores" :- Another wonderfully dramatic sunset as seen from the beach at Ovingdean Gap on the south coast of England. This image was shot back in January so the sun was dropping down out to see. It was one of those slightly chilly & fresh evenings where you're not exactly frozen but you're looking forward to getting back home and in the warm. I think this shot captures the feel of a winter beach quite well. The clouds were in the perfect position too and helped break up the light and colours.

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