Monday, 18 August 2014

Minimal Blue, Crammer Pond and Victorian Shade

"Minimal Blue" :- I love creating images like this one. When I'm on the beach and aiming the camera towards a vast expanse of space I take great delight in watching people as they stop and try to work out what exactly it is I am photographing. You can see their brain clocking over as it's thinking "But there's nothing there!". I find that way of looking at things very blinkered. Have you ever seen nothing? I don't think I have. There's always something there, it's just that you need to have your eyes, mind and heart open in order to see it. I took this shot because of the blue and lilac hues and also because there was one small boat out there in a huge watery world. It was shot from the beach between the Marina and the Pier in Brighton, England.

"Crammer Pond" :- This is Crammer Pond in the market town of Devizes in Wiltshire, England. The pond's name is first mentioned in Dore's map of 1759 and it takes its name from German merchants known as "Kramer" that used to sell their goods from stalls set up near the pond. This is the pond that the well known "Moonraker" legend is associated with. The Bishops Cannings men would sell contraband brandy from Orcheston and used to hide the barrels of booze from the excise officers by wrapping them in tarred paper and sinking them in the pond. One night the officers caught them trying to hook the barrels out and one of the quick thinking smugglers pointed to the moon's reflection in the water and said "We'm tryin' to get that girt big cheese out of the water." It's said the opfficers rode off laughing at their stupidity leaving the smugglers to continue retrieving the barrels.

"Victorian Shade" :- The promenade on the seafront in Hove is much wider and open than that of Brighton's. Between the Kingsway coast road (A259) and the English Channel you'll find the Hove Lawns, which are a throwback to the more elegant Victorian and Edwardian times and then the prom itself before dropping down to the pebbled beach. Like Brighton the original Victorian seating shelters have survived and still offer rest to those that want to catch their breath for a while. The shelters on Hove's promenade are Grade II listed, cast-iron and date from the mid 1800's. The walk is (approx) 2.4 kilometers or 1.5 miles from the far Western end of Hove Lawns to Brighton Pier (formerly the Palace Pier).

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