Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Abandoned Barns, Bridge of Stone and Blue Horizon

"Abandoned Barns" :- Old farm buildings sit in a valley that's now part of a nature reserve on the outskirts of Brighton in Sussex, England. You can walk around this area for hours without seeing anyone so it's quite eerie when the old, run down barns come into view. This is part of Castle Hill Nature Reserve which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a Biogenetic Reserve by the Council of Europe and is also a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) under the European Habitats Directive.

"Bridge of Stone" :- I have no idea what the name of this bridge is. I have located the names of every other bridge in and around Shoreham (on the south coast of England) but have found no information regarding this onwe at all. I don't even know when it was built but judging by its design and architecture I will hazard a guess that it was constructed sometime in the late 1800's. It's on the main A259 road and sits between a roundabout and Norfolk Bridge.

"Blue Horizon" :- This is a view that I get to see on a weekly basis. Admittedly the sun's not always out and it can be sometimes windy and miserable but it's still the view. These are the cliffs that are just by Ovingdean Gap which is a couple of miles East of the City of Brighton. I live just a short walk away from these cliffs and often find myself down here taking in the view and staring out to sea. When you look at this image it's hard to believe that there's a sprawling, bustling famous seaside resort and city just out of shot to the right.

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Monday, 29 September 2014

The Pevensey Gun, Giant Shadows and Swanbourne Lake

"The Pevensey Gun" :- A serious bit of history sits withing the walls of Pevensey Castle at Pevensey in East Sussex, England. This is the "Pevensey Gun" and it's one of the few surviving cast-iron cannons from the Elizabethan period. The cannon is marked with a Tudor rose and the initials E.R. (Elizabeth Regina) and was installed in the castle for use against the Spanish Armada in 1588.

"Giant Shadows" :- There is beauty in all things if you just take the time to look for it. Brighton marina was buyilt over 8 years between between 1971 and 1979. It now looks very dated and to be honest it is quite an ugly, grey and souless looking place. They have added bits to it ever since, changing things here and there and building other sections and more apartments. They are crrently in the process of building a gargantuan apartment block that will (once finished) comprise of 190 two and three bedroom apartments with stunning seaviews. The section in this image is by the supserstore carpark and is the last section to the West before exiting the Marina and entering Black Rock on Brighton seafront. The light, shadows and lines were what caught my attention and I already knew as I was taking the photograph that I was going to process it as a black and white.

"Swanbourne Lake" :- I can remember standing by this lake as a 5 or 6 year old and feeding the ducks. Swanbourne Lake is part of a huge 1,000 acre park situated at not to far from the medieval castle in the town of Arundel in West Sussex, England. The lake itself is ancient as it's been in existence since pre-doomsday times. To the right of the image you can see some white boats tethered together, during the months of March until October rowing boat hire is available daily on the lake.

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Saturday, 27 September 2014

Bench in the Shade, Bell Tor and Clamming

"Bench in the Shade" :- A bench sits in the shade of a walled garden in the village of Rottingdean on the edge of Brighton. This was once the private garden of Rudyard Kipling. He lived at "The Elms" in Rottingdean village between 1897 and 1902, it was here that he wrote some of the "Just So" stories as well as "Stalky & Co" and "Kim". The gardens are freely open to the public seven days a week and close at dusk.

"Bell Tor" :- An early morning shot of Bell Tor which sits high above the village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor within the heart of the Dartmoor National Park in Devon, England. The Tor is 400 m / 1312 ft above sea-level and sits on the side of Chinkwell Tor. It's hard to get a grasp of scale in this image as the Tor doesn't look so big from this viewpoint but the closer you get the more it dwarfs you. If you have never visited Dartmoor National Park before it's well worth it as it offers scenery that's unique to Britain.

"Clamming" :- The "blue hour" on Hove beach during low tide. An ethereal glow consumed everything in its wake as a few ventured out onto the wet sands with their buckets to hunt for clams. There was an unearthly peacefulness that took everything on, all was still, all was quiet. The horizon gently pulsed with the dying colours of the sun as the night began to creep into position.

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Friday, 26 September 2014

Pink Lines, Glisten & Shimmer and Private Road

"Pink Lines" :- The last remnants of the day's sun transform contrails over Hove on the south coast of England. Even the beach huts on the wide promenade seem to glow and radate in the evening light. It's far more peaceful at this end of the seafront, there seems to be a slower pace of life here. As you walk East along the prom towards Brighton you notice things picking up and starting to get more hectic and busy as you get closer to the pier.

"Glisten & Shimmer" :- A peaceful and dreamy evening on Brighton beach at low tide. Gulls pad about by the waters edge and the sand takes on the appearance of a dolphin's skin as it shines and glimmers with the fadng light. Just the distant sound of traffic on the main coast road reminds you that you're in a city.

"Private Road" :- This is an image from the village of Firle in the Lewes District of East Sussex, England. It's mentioned in the Domesday Book and was at the time worth £44 which was amongst the highest values in the county. The village was once home to Virginia Woolf as well as Desmond Llewelyn who played "Q" in so many of the James Bond films. It's a very English village, steeped in history and tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the towns and city.

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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Stairs & Arches, Sunset Solitude and Summer Palace

"Stairs & Arches" :- The Victorian cast iron filigree arches that run along the length of Madeira Drive are unmistakably that of the city of Brighton. No other town or seaside resort has such a Victorian stamp on it. The Victorians left their mark all the way along the seafront from the bandstand to pier and beyond. These arches were built and completed in 1890 and have stood the test of time to the best of their ability but now they are starting to look old and worn. This image is misleading as they look to be n perfect condition from this perspective but on closer inspection you can see the rust, wear and tear and it's obvious that they are in need of some love and attention. The red brick stairs that you see in the middle of the image lead up to the door of Studio 284 which is a rehearsal and recording studio.

"Sunset Solitude" :- A beach scene that is made by the one, single, solitary figure standing on the end of the old breakwater. It was 7 pm and I'd wandered out a little along the Western arm of Brighton's sprawling marina which was when I spotted the man watching the sun begin to lower in the eveing sky. The sea was sparkling and bouncing the light around which also threw The Brighton Marine Palace and Pier (it's real official name) into silhouette.

"Summer Palace" :- It's a thing tourists photograph and the locals ignore. I find that a shame. It's a staggering building with so much history attached to it and it's architecture is unique in Britain as there simply is nothing else like it in the UK at all. This is Brighton's Royal Pavilion which was once a royal residence. It started out life as a small seaside retreat in 1787 for George, the Prince of Wales. Slowly sections and embelishments were added to it and it slowly grew in size. George became Prince Regent in 1811 and it was just a few years after that that he engaged John Nash to redesign the Pavilion. Between 1815 and 1822 he extended it and turned it into the Pavilion you see still standing in Brighton today. George was eventually made King when he was coronated in 1821.

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Shaded Corner, Ghost Boat and Brighton Broody

"Shaded Corner" :- This scene looks almost too good to be true! Dartmoor (in Devon) is known for its wind swept hills and harsh weather beaten landscapes so it was a very pleasant surprise to discover bright, warm sunshine on the afternoon we decided to visit Wistman's Wood. This image was shot a little way along the rough footpath just after we'd set of from 'Two Bridges' to head for the ancient, legendary and famous wood.

"Ghost Boat" :- On the eastern bank of the River Adur in Shoreham, near the exquisitely built Old Shoreham Toll Bridge you'll find this wreck of a large wooden fishing boat. Just the prow is now visible with a few of its ribs sticking up on either side, the rest of it has long since roted away and vanished with time. You can see how long the boat once was because the main beam running up its middle is still in the dried mud. There's a legend attached to this boat and it goes like this. During a huge storm in 1893 the boat was carried up river from Shoreham Harbour and was smashed on rocks. The owner of the boat was broken hearted with the loss of his boat as it was his livelihood and only way he could provide for his family. He tries several salvage attempts but the boat would not move and it has stayed in that position ever since. Several people have reported hearing howls of anguish near the boat as well as crying and loud moans. Others say they have seen "shadowy figures" with contorted faces and empty eye sockets trying hard to push the boat’s wreck back out into the water of the Adur. Spooky!

Someone on Twitter just saw this image of mine and very kindly sent me a link about the boat. She's actually an old Adur Barge and nothing more. Ghost stories are great but they hold no water whatsoever ... much like this barge now. Here's the link if you wish to read more about the boat :- Time & Tide

"Brighton Broody" :- A shot of Brighton & Hove as seen from the end section of Brighton's famous pier on the south coast of England. The light was beginning to fade as the evening started to consume the day, the sea darkened and a bank of greyish blue clouds rolled in over the coastal city. So much history in one image. Various Kings and Queens frequented this place, it has the first ever purpose built Aquarium in the world, one of the oldest working cinemas in the UK, it's played host to both Turner and Constable as well as many of the famous painters of the 1800's Pre Rapahelite movement. Charlie Chaplin, Harry Houdini, Buster keaton and Laurel & Hardy all played here on stage as did The Beatles, The Who and The Rolling Stones. Bing Crosby also played his last ever live concert here. It's appeared in books, films and lyrics of songs. It's inspired great works of literature ("Brighton Rock" by Graham Greene and "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, otherwise known as ‎Lewis Carroll) and is the home to many famous actors, musicians & celebrities. This is Brighton.

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Monday, 22 September 2014

Crossed, Pleasuredome and Moat & Gatehouse

"Crossed" :- A mid afternoon walk down by the River Adur at low tide enabled me to get this shot of the Shoreham Railway Bridge and the shadows it was casting. Originally a wooden trestle bridge was built in 1845 to span the wide river but in 1893 it was replaced with this monster of a steel bridge. The bridge is (approx) 305 metres or 1000 feet in length and its huge supporting cylinders go 21.33 metres or 70 feet down into the river bed. As locomotives get near it the metal starts to 'ping' and then it thunders and rattles like crazy when the trains actually cross over it. It's quite something to be standing underneath as they cross.

"Pleasuredome" :- I have to admit that I am very pleased with this shot and image. It was taken just before 8 pm on the end of Brighton Pier (formerly known as the Palace Pier). The lights had been turned on, a heavy sky was moving in and I had this section all to myself. The reason for that is because a film crew were also on the pier and all the day trippers and tourists were gathered around them watching very little hapening in the hope that something would start to happen. I had better ideas and wandered off to make something happen myself by utilising the people free spaces that had suddenly opened up. When I started to process the image my inital thoughts were to keep it bright and colourful but due to a "happy accident" I somehow must have clicked a keyboard shortcut by mistake and turned the image into a monotone one. I gazed at it in awe as it took on a completely different look and fee and decided to backtrack and process it properly as a black and white image instead. Pleased I did.

"Moat & Gatehouse" :- A seriously medieval looking image of England. This is a shot of the gatehouse at Michelham Priory refelecting in the moat. The priory is the site of a former Augustine Priory located in Upper Dicker, Hailsham, East Sussex. Its full name was the Augustine Priory of the Holy Trinity and it was founded in 1229 but due to King Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries the priory was dissolved in 1537, just one year after the act was brought in. England’s longest water filled moat surrounds the site which is now looked after by the Sussex Archaeological Society.

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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Times Like These, The Old Court House and Arched Beauty

"Times Like These" :- This was shot during sundown from Ovingdean gap near Brighton on the south coast of England. It was a fresh and chilly January evening and I found I had the cliff tops and the beach below to myself as everybody else was tucked up warm indoors. We get some really dramatic sunsets here on the coast and I am lucky that I live just a short walk (or shorter drive) away from the sea. Every minute of every day it changes with the light, weather conditions, temperature, time of year etc. No matter how many times I venture down here there's always something to marvel at or take my breath away!

"The Old Court House" :- This wonderful looking building is situated directly opposite the Dome Concert Hall & venue which is part of the Royal Pavilion Estate in Brighton. It's a large stone built Victorian styled building which was used as a County Court right up until 1967. For many years it was used as a store and fell into disrepair until the local council in charge at the time had it renovated and turned it into a multi-purpose lecture theatre. I stopped to take this shot for several reasons that caught my eye. Firstly I am a sucker for photographing bicycles. I have no idea why, I cannot justify my actions but I can't seem to pass one or see some without having to photograph them. Secondly the light was falling on the building nicely. Thirdly I loved the shadows that were being thrown from the Dome Complex opposite and especially loved the large shadow on the right that's of one of the Dome's many minarets.

"Arched Beauty" :- As a child I used to think that the most medieval things left for us to walk around and see were a few old wattle and daub houses dotted about and some crumbly castles here and there. I was wrong. The most medieval things that we have that are still in superb condition are our churches and cathedrals. You get a real sense of the power they were trying to make you feel. Right across Europe they were building these colossal and majestic structures, rising and towering up out of the ground, stretching and reaching up into the heavens. The opening song from the musical "Notre Dame de Paris" is called "The Age Of The Cathedrals" and it explains how artists of the time dreampt in sculpure "For man just has to climb up where the stars are". Some of these structures took hundreds of years to complete and in Barcelona the "Sagrada Família" cathedral is still being built (it was started in 1882) and is probably one of the only places on the planet where you can still see one rising up. Anyway, this shot was taken within one of Britain's well known Cathedrals. Chichester Cathedral was was founded in 1075. Most of it's interior is Norman and it's the only medieval English cathedral which is visible from the sea and is therefore used as a landmark / seamark by sailors.

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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Fire Water, Evening Carousel and Roman East Gate

"Fire Water" :- A dreamy burning sunset reflects in a rock pool trapped on the beach at Brighton in Sussex, England. One of the old Victorian breakwaters sits in silhouette as as some of the old 5ft x 3ft concrete blocks lay discarded in the foreground that used to carry the tracks from the old "Pioneer" (also known as the "Day Daddy Legs") built by Magnus Volks in 1896.

"Evening Carousel" :- The ‘Golden Gallopers’ carousel on Brighton seafront was built in 1888 by Frederick Savage. It's been one of the most photographed attractions on Brighton beach since it was bought by Owen Smith (the current owner) in 1997 . It's been on Brighton seafront from Easter to September every year since then but is packed away and carefully stored during the winter months. Most (if not all) images that I see of the carousel are bright and colourful but I chose to make use of the evening light and process this as a black and white image throwing parts of it into silhouette. I think the image has an air of mystery and fancy about it.

"Roman East Gate" :- Pevensey Castle was built somewhere around 290 AD. The Romans called it as Anderitum and it was (apparently) the base for a fleet called the Classis Anderidaensis. The surrounding walls and gates were built by the Romans and not the Normans who later reoccupied the castle in 1066 long after it had fallen into ruin following the end of the Roman occupation. The stone keep and fortification was built within the Roman walls by the Normans. It was at Pevensey that William the Conqueror landed on 28 September 1066 and hit's been said that hestayed overnight at the castle before marching on with his army to eventually meet Harold an enter into the famous "Battle of Hastings". Centuries of history and occupation all come together to leave us this magnificent structure that stands in the village of Pevensey in the Wealden district of East Sussex, England.

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Friday, 19 September 2014

Lion Arch, Palm Court Cafe and Slate Grey

"Lion Arch" :- A well designed and planned garden is a thing of beauty. It takes years of work, care and attention as well as an awful lot of money to create colourful flowerbeds, winding paths, walls, arches and crafted landscapes. The gardens at Nymans are located in Handcross, Haywards Heath, West Sussex and are a prime example of how a lot of love and time can create a beautiful place to walk in. They were developed by the Messel family over three generations starting in the the late 19th century. The property is now owned and run by the National Trust.

"Palm Court Cafe" :- A moody evening image of the Palm Court Cafe on Brighton's famous "Marine Palace and Pier" (now known unofficially as "Brighton Pier" but still referred to as the "Palace Pier" by Brightonians). The Palm Court Cafe is a famous fish & chip retaurant and the celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal once said it was the "Spiritual Home" of fish and chips! On the night I visited the pier there was a film unit on the far end by the "Horror Hotel Ghost Train" so many of the tourists and day trippers had gathered there to wathc proceedings. I took full advantage of that fact and wandered off in the hope that much of the pier would be devoid of people and I was right...it was! Although the restaurant building is relatively new (a few decades or so) this black and white night time shot has a very 1940's feel to it.

"Slate Grey" :- Brighton's not all about ice cream, beach bars, gulls and sticks of rock. It can also be about rough seas, gale force winds and very heavy skies. When it's like this the beach clears and the tourists all vanish indoors very quickly resembling the town residents in an old black and white movie when there's about to be a gun fight in the street. The taste of the air changes, it thickens with salt and there's a coldness that seems to pervade every inch of your body which gives you a clammy feeling. The sea changes colour as it churns and the heavens darken and close in on everything. The seaside resort takes on a completely different persona.

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Fun While It Lasts, Solitree and A Place in the Sun

"Fun While It Lasts" :- If you manage to catch certain scenes at the right time of day they look very surreal and almost too good to be true. This was my view as I walked back towards Brighton along the exposed sand on Hove beach last week (12th September 2014). The sun had dropped low behind me as was busy putting on a display of its own which caused the sky in the East to take on an ethereal light blue neon glow which was reflected in the wet sand. It's a shame the pebbled beach and skyline of Brighton were visible as I'd love to have seen what it would look like with that colour over everything but if I'd photographed that you'd have never believed me or the shot. The beach and white buildings of Brighton prove the reality of the situation and also go to show that very little with done to the image regarding colour.

"Solitree" :- I'd walked for ages. well, it felt like I had anyway. I'd wound around bends and wandered up and down various dips and rises. I saw just a couple of people as I set off near the start of the path and then bobody at all as I walked on my own through the Castle Hill Nature Reserve within the South Downs in Sussex, England. The reserve is well hidden from view and is tucked away just at the back of Woodingdean village which lies to the eastern end of Brighton. It's one of the rare reserves that's been awarded the honour of a being a Special Area of Conservation and has been designated a Biogenetic Reserve by the Council of Europe. When I spotted this tree I stood for a while looking at it in a sort of odd human vs nature face off. It looked like I felt at the time as I plodded on without company. All alone in a field of it's own.

"A Place in the Sun" :- This is the Chattri, a war memorial that sits just to the North of Patcham in the city of Brighton. It's position is (approx) 500 feet (150 m) up on the South Downs and overlooks the city towards the sea. It's a memorial to the Indian soldiers who fought for the British Empire during the First World War and it was constructed on the site where a number of those soldiers were cremated. The main body of the memorial is built from white marble from Sicily which sits on a plinth of grey stone which stands over three blocks of granite which cover the slabs used during the cremations.There is a plinth with an inscription in in English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu which reads "To the memory of all Indian soldiers who gave their lives for the King-Emperor in the Great War, this monument, erected on the site of the funeral pyre where Hindus and Sikhs who died in hospital at Brighton passed through the fire, is in grateful admiration and brotherly love dedicated". The only access to the memorial is from a path off a bridleway near the A27 and it takes quite a long walk to get there. I'm pleased I made the effort to pay my respects.

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

All is Calm, White Rails and All Saints' Street

"All is Calm" :- Here's an unusually calm and serene view of the River Thames as seen from Gravesend, a town in northwest Kent, England. The town is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 and is also associated with the composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (he was posted to Gravesend in 1862, where he wrote part of his first symphony) and also with Pocahontas (1595–1617) who was taken ill and died ashore in Gravesend at the age of 21. She was then buried somewhere under the chancel of St George's parish church in the town.

"White Rails" :- Simple and linear. Fortunately for me I'd sturned to look at the sea and noticed how these white barriers looked from a certain angle and decided to take the shot. I'd have walked past otherwise withought giving them much notice. They are on the beach near the old ruins of the West Pier and denote a pedestrian path that's been laid down whilst the i360 tower is being built nearby. To me it looked like they were holding back the sea.

"All Saints Street" :- This is All Saints Street in the coastal and historical town of Hastings in East Sussex, England. This is where you'll find some of the oldest surviving houses (dating from 1450) in the town and much of Hastings would at one time have looked like this. The house with the stone window to the left is now called "Pulpit Gate", It was rebuilt in the 1950's and apparently used parts of the demolished Normanhurst House near Battle. It stands on the site of the old Harbour Bar beerhouse & pub. There was once a medieval town wall that extended from the West Fort at the lower end of the High Street to the East Fort at the bottom of All Saints Street. This wall had 3 gates which were "Sea Gate" at High Street, "Water Gate" at Bourne Street, and "Pulpit Gate" at All Saints Street.

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Dark Poet Society : "Almighty"


I'm here
I'm there
I'm everywhere
In hearts and minds
I love, I care
I exist in every nation
I am all
I am creation
My eye, they say
Is all seeing
They refer to me
As the divine being
Upon the earth
I've many names
They call them all
Sometimes in vain
They pray to me
when rich, when poor
They pray for peace
And during wars
They pray that I am on their side
While they bomb and harm
This world divides
As hatred spreads
They fan the flame
By saying all's
Done in my name

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Falmer Pond, After School and Beach at Twilight

"Falmer Pond" :- The village of Falmer sits (approx) 5 miles or 8 kilometers north-east of Brighton and (approx) 4 miles or 6.43 kilometers south-west of Lewes and is actually in the Lewes District of East Sussex. It's an ancient village that apparently was given to the wife (named Gundred) of the 1st Earl of Surrey (William de Warenne) after the Norman Conquest. The village is now divided in two by the main A27 road with a footbridge joining the two halves. The name of the village "Falmer" is old English for 'fallow (pale-coloured) pond' and is named after the large village pond that you see in this image. It was a fresh January day when I shot this back in 2012. Annoyingly a white van was parked by the opposite bank but I ended up taking the shot anyway as it gave some scale to the scene.

"After School" :- This old, ruined structure was once a Victorian mission church and school deep in the heart of West Sussex in England. It was constructed in 1880 and served the village of Bedham for many years up until 1959 when it was finally abandoned and left for nature to consume. The ruin now sits on land that is part of a 395 acre nature reserve which is open to the public. It's reasonably well documented but even with a sat nav I had trouble locating the eerie building and ended up coming across it purely by accident as I had given up and was on my way out of the area when I happened upon it. It's more of an unnerving experience than I thought as you walk around it. A place that use to be full of people, young and old now covered in moss and looking very sorry for itself in the middle of nowhere.

"Beach at Twilight" :- A shot from November 2013 as I was walking back along the beach towards the city of Brighton from the neighbouring town of Hove on the Sussex coast. A watery looking moon had popped up in the East and was looming over the famous seaside resort as the sunset in the west had turned the sky to a mixture of purple and pink hues. The beaches at Brighton & Hove are notorious for their pebbles but when the tide goes out enough the shoreline opens up to reveal glistening sand. The pebbles are 15 feet or 4.57 meters deep in places and are vital for the survival of both Brighton & Hove as without them the sea would eventually take them over.

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Monday, 15 September 2014

Peartree Bridge Inn, Paths of Flight and Awnings

"Peartree Bridge Inn" :- A still, calm and quiet evening by a section of the Grand Union Canal. This was taken by the Peartree Bridge Inn which is right by the Milton Keynes Marina in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. We'd driven up to Milton Keynes from Brighton so that we could visit Bletchley Park the following day. We decided to stay at the Peartree Lodge Waterside Hotel which was right next door to the Peartree Bridge Inn. It was a good choice as the hotel was fine and the inn was within staggering distance. I also had the opportunity to take a walk with the camera along the canal as the sun went down on the day.

"Paths of Flight" :- A very new image as it was shot on Friday evening (12th September 2014) as I walked from Brighton along the beach towards the neighbouring town of Hove. The seaside resort is on the south coast of England and just a half hour or so drive from Gatwick airport (approx 27 miles or 43.45 kilometers away). This means that we are directly under various flight paths that travel to and fro between Britain and the rest of the world. If the weather conditions are right the sky becomes littered with the trails the planes leave behind. Friday evening was one of those nights. The buildings in the background are those of Hove.

"Awnings" :- Shot from down below by the Sea Life Centre entrance (the world's oldest operating aquarium) in Brighton looking up at the Harvester restaurant's three huge awnings. Lone before the restaurant was there the area used to have various childrens rides and stalls selling ice cream etc. It once had a winding track that would take 'fixed' vntage cars around it whilst the children pretended to drive them around. I used to be one of those children and have fond memories of how Brighton used to be. All the fun seems to have been taken away now as the seafront is a mass of bars and restaurants with very little to occupy families and children. Shame. There's the Brighton Wheel of course but that's £6.50 for a child and £8 for an adult. Now they are building the i360 by the old West Pier, I shudder to think what the prices will be like for that. I long for the simpler days, when things were much more innocent (and a far lot cheaper). You can't beat the smile of a child as they go round and round on a basic roundabout ride. Technology is one thing but hand a child a balloon and just watch their face. Anyway, I digress. The Harvester is now in place of all that was there before. It offers great views of the Brighton Wheel, Brighton (Palace) Pier and the sea.

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Smile, Castle on the Hill and All Aglow

"Smile" :- He he he. This was the one and only photo that I took when I joined Glyn Dewis and everyone on the 7th June 2014 for the Brighton Photo Walk. Brighton is my stomping ground anyway so the route we took as we moved en masse through the city was well known to me. To be honest I work far better on my own anyway as I have less distractions and can fall deep into a world of my own. Having said that I love company too so I found myself chatting to a few people as we picked our way through the Saturday throng. Needless to say I didn't take any pics apart from this one. It's a shot taken in Kensington Street in Brighton's North Laine shopping area. It's well known for it's street art with many shops and walls displaying huge murals. Central to this image there's a door that's been barred by metal brackets being riveted into place. The bottom bracket / bar is missing. Speciall mention goes to Darren Button who'd travelled from the Isle of Wight and chatted to me on the way around and also a big hello goes to Tommy Kronholm who sat on the beach afterwards chatting with me over a couple of pints of well earned beer.

"Castle on the Hill" :- Tonbridge is an old market town in the county of Kent in England. After the Norman invasion of 1066 land was granted to guard the crossing of the River Medway. An incredible 50,000 tonnes of earth were moved to create a moat as a basic Motte-and-bailey castle was constructed. In 1088 the wooden castle was attacked and burned to the ground along with much of the town of Tonbridge itself. Just before 1100 a stone shell keep was built and in 1295 a wall was built around the entire town. The twin towered gatehouse on the top of the hill in this image was built over 30 years and was completed in 1260. It is now a Grade I listed building and regarded as England's finest example of a Motte and Bailey Castle.

"All Aglow" :- This is my favourite bit of beach on the south coast. There are other, more picturesque and impressive beaches (Cuckmere Haven, Birling Gap, Beachy Head etc) where Sussex meets the sea but this one is free from tourists and it's also very near to where I live. This is the beach at Ovingdean Gap, a chalk bed that's full of rock pools at low tide. You can walk out quite a way as long as you're careful on the slippery, wet surfaces. Thge cliffs look inpressive from here too. On the far left of the image you can just make out some dark shapes that are Brighton, that's where all the noise is. This beach is where the noise isn't. It's my haven.

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Sunset Sands, Trebuchet Balls and Bench and Tree

"Sunset Sands" :- It's wonderful when low tide coincides with sunset in Brighton. You have to walk quite some time over the vast pebbled beach before you hit the sand but it's well worth it when you finally get there. This was shot a few days ago on 9th September around 19:15 pm. I was amazed to find I had the beach pretty much to myself.

"Trebuchet Balls" :- In and around the medieval moat of Pevensey Castle in the village of Pevensey (in the Wealden district of East Sussex, England) they found many round stone balls. They weren't the size of metal cannon balls, these were huge, hulking, heavy stone balls. Loads of them. So they brought them up and filled one of the old castle rooms with them and stacked a few within the grounds of the castle. These balls were ammunition for use with a Trebuchet which was a type of catapult that was used as a siege engine in the Middle Ages. It was the largest and most formidable of weopons as it was designed to use a counterweight to launch projectiles weighing up to 350 pounds at the enemy and their castle walls. t's incredible to stand by these thigs and see their sheer size. It must have been terrfying to hve them flying through the air towards you. The castle was also used in a much later war. Can you see the slit in the castle wall just left of middle at the top. That was used a World War II pillbox.

"Bench & Tree" :- A green and pleasant image from the grounds of Mitchelham Priory in Hailsham, East Sussex, England. The priory has 800 years of histpry attached to it. It started out life as the Augustine Priory of the Holy Trinity and was founded in 1229. Thanks to the tyrannical King Henry VIII the priory was dissolved in the 1537 dissolution of the monasteries. Then from the 1600's onwards it passed through various private owners who simply lived in it until 1959 when it was finally given in trust to the Sussex Archaeological Society. Mtchelham Priory is surrounded by England’s longest water filled moat.

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Friday, 12 September 2014

George Hotel, Step Into the Dark and Shoreham Remembers

"The George Hotel" :- This Hotel in the town of Crawley in West Sussex, England has some history attached to it. Many walk past without giving much thought to it but it was once a coaching inn on the High Street. The George was one of England's most famous and successful coaching inns due to its location being halfway between London and Brighton. It's thought that parts of the building date from 1615 and it has been associated with royalty, bareknuckle prizefighting, smuggling and public hangings as well as being the subject of novels and paintings. It was also where the notorious 1940s "acid bath" serial killer John George Haigh stayed on numerous occasions.

"Step Into the Dark" :- An image that was shot just a few days ago around 20:30 pm on a dark and moody Madera Parade in Brighton. The Madeira Terrace was built in the 1890's and runs all the way from the Aquarium Terrace to Duke's Mound. It's just 25 feet or 7.65 meters wide but is an incredible 3,000 feet or 914.4 meters in length! Like a lot of buildings and structures in Brighton it has been given a listed status but it's not been well looked after and is in need of some serious care and attention. At night some sections of it are lit but others fall into darkness offering a rather gloomy and ominous looking route for pedestrians. This image was taken from the middle of the lower road looking toward the bootom of the stairs that were lit.

"Shoreham Remembers" :- Thirty-two poppy beds have been created by Adur and Worthing councils and three of them are in Shoreham in West Sussex. They were sewn to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. These ones were by the Adur Recreation Ground alongside the Brighton Road just west of the Norfolk Bridge.

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