Monday, 27 October 2014

Incoming Tide, Water & Light and Clifftop Sun

"Incoming Tide" :- This is the mighty 'Medina Groyne' (also known as the "Hove Walkway") which is situated on the beach at Hove on the south coast of England. The first concrete groyne was built in Brighton in 1867 at East Street and slowly more were built and added over the years. The flint seawall in Hove was built in sections and the Medina Lawns to Hove St. section was built in 1895 so one can only presume that the "Medina Groyne" dates from somewhere around the same period. The tide was on its way in fast when I took this shot and it was quite unnerving to watch the sea water starting to engulf the structure I was standing on. As soon as the shot was in the camera I made a hasty retreat!

"Water & Light" :- Quite a striking image considering it was shot through a plate glass window! I was standing in a corridor within the 1930's built building that is Blind Veterans UK in the village of Ovingdean on the outskirts of Brighton, England. I would have loved to have gained entry and stood pool side but I had to make do and shoot through the glass wall that separated us. The building was constructed between 1935 and 1938 and was originally known as "Ian Fraser House - St Dunstans" when it first opened. In 1975 a single-storey wing was added to the southern wall and the swimming pool was built. In 2012 St Dunstans underwent a name change and is now known as Blind Veterans UK. If you look over the pool in the image and out through the opposite glass wall you'll see the English Channel. Blind Veterans UK are not Government funded whatsoever and rely 100% on donations. You can read more about the organisation and make donations here :-

"Clifftop Sun" :- It is what the title suggests. A cold sun over the English Channel as seen from the top of the cliffs just to the East of Brighton on the south coast of England. Way down below you can see the huge Brighton Marina which is the largest in Europe with over 1500 berth's. The marina was built over 8 years between between 1971 and 1979, I have very clear memories of my parents bringin me down here to look as the large reinforced concrete cassions lined up on the shoreline ready to me moved into place to form the arms of the marina. Each cassion weighed in at 600 tonnes and was constructed on site. They were put into place by an enormous 600 tonne crane that moved so slow you hardly noticed it. I ofetn walkthe three miles or so into Brighton walk this way.

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