Thursday, 2 October 2014

The Red Door, Rebecca Rolfe and Nothing to Sea

"The Red Door" :- This is one of the highly unnactractive stairwells that lead up to the various car park levels within Brighton Marina. Like all great architectural designs and ideas they look wonderful on paper but in reality they end up as cold, dank wind tunnels that are stained and smell like a public toilet. They also make you wonder what's around every corner and bend as architects also seem hell bent on making the job of the predator easy by providing lots of hiding places and restricting views. But, as I have said before there is beauty to be found in all things if you have the patience to fnd it and also happen to be there at the right time. The sunlight and shadows made this grey, lifeless, soul destroying bit of 70's architecture come alive.

"Rebecca Rolfe" :- Rebecca Rolfe? Who on earth is Rebecca Rolfe? Ah well you have all heard of her but you known her by her name before she got married for Rebecca Rolfe is better known as Pocahontas. If you believe Disney's version of events Pocahontas saved Captain Smith, fell in love with him and then lived happily ever after but the reality is far less glamouros. It is believed that in 1607 she did save the life of an Englishman named John Smith who was a captive. But that was as far as that story goes because in 1613 Pocahontas herself was captured by the English. Whilst she was being held she changed her name to Rebecca and converted to Christianity (it's not known why). When she was finally told she could go she chose to stay with the English and in 1614 she married a tobacco planter named John Rolfe. A year later they had a son. The Rolfes traveled to London where Rebecca (Pocahonats) was presented to English society as an example of the civilized "savage in an attempt to procure investments in the settlement of Jamestown. She was paraded before Royalty and various dignitaries for much of 1616. The following year John and Rebecca were to return to Virginia and were on their way down the River Thames when Rebecca (Pocahontas) became seriously ill. She was immediately taken ashore at Gravesend where she died aged just 22 years of age. So what you see in this image is a life-size bronze statue of Pocahonats within the grounds of St. George's Church in Gravesend. The reason the statue has been placed here is because somewhere beneath the Church or its grounds there lies Pocahontas herself as this is where she was laid to rest all those centuries ago but the exact position of her gravesite is unknown.

"Nothing to Sea" :- A shot that's chock full of emptiness and yet wall to wall with beauty. A vast expanse of deep, cold water glistens in the sun as the pebbles on Shoreham beach warm up. We're lucky here on the south coast of England. We get to see the sun rise over the sea and set over the sea and watch all the colour that nature can throw at us change and shift with the light. As I was taking this shot a group of people on the beach were watching me. They looked at me, then the camera, then looked out towards the horizon, then looked back at me and then back out to the horizon. I could almost see them quizzically thinking "What's he photographing? There's nothing there!". If they really were thinking that then I feel sorry for them and they need to open their eyes and minds more.

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