Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Iron Bridge, Corner Tree and I'm Looking Through You

"Iron Bridge" :- Well it's only a few feet in length and there's hardly any width to it at all but it's still a bridge ... albeit a little one. This wild, rustic and undulating looking land is part of the cliff top at Friars' Bay in Peacehaven, Sussex. There are sections of the terrain that drop away without warning and gullies have formed due to weathering and water. Some of the gullies are hidden by dense, thick grasses and heather and it's all too easy to loose your footing and end up face down in the grass or disappear altogether! This old iron grill has been placed over one of the more treacherous gullies to help the walkers, hikers and wanderers negotiate the drop and be on their way.

"Corner Tree" :- I have a feeling that this corner of the garden seldom sees people. It's tucked away at the far end with many other distractions and gateways and paths to lead you off before you get this far. I noticed the sunlight and shapes and before I knew it I found myself up there with them and taking this image. The garden itself is walled, well kept and open to the public. It's also won various awards over the years. But that's not its main claim to fame for this was once the garden of Rudyard Kipling, author of "The Jungle Book", "Stalky & Co", "Just So Stories" and "Kim". The "Kipling Gardens" once formed part curtilage of "The Elms" where Rudyard Kipling lived from 1897-1902 and are located in the historical village of Rottingdean which is just to the east of Brighton on the Sussex coast.

"I'm Looking Through You" :- This image was shot on 15th November 2013 so it's very nearly a year old. It was a peaceful evening, the sun was setting and the sea was remarkably calm. The remains of the grand old West Pier stood proudly above the water, defiant and still elegant. But all that was about to change. I get so wrapped up in photographing various things that I forget I am in fact keeping a record of them. I am capturing (I hate that word being used in photography but in this case it's rather apt) them in that moment for future generations to see. I suppose I am cataloguing them in various states and times. This image proves the point. Little did we know but much of Britain was about to get hit by a set of ferocious and savage storms. They were going to rage over a few weeks and they were going to rip up a lot of the British Isles in the process, destroying landmarks, railway lines, coastal beauty spots and beaches. Brighton and much of Sussex got hit too. The waves picked up Hove beach and stuck it on the promenade, the cliffs at Birling Gap lost three meters over night, the famous Brighton "Palace" Pier and Sealife Center lost all power as generators started to flood and a large section of the skeletal West Pier was lost to the sea. She now stands in two sections and it won't be long before we lose her altogether which I think would be a crying shame. She was built in 1866 by Eugenius Birch who was a 19th-century English naval architect, engineer and noted pier builder. He's famous for designing Margate Pier, Margate (1856-57), North Pier, Blackpool (1862-63), West Pier, Brighton (1863-66), Deal Pier (1864), Lytham Pier (1864-65), Aberystwyth Royal Pier (1865), Eastbourne Pier (1866–72), Birnbeck Pier, Weston-super-Mare (1867), New Brighton Pier (1867), Scarborough North Pier (1866–69), Hastings Pier (1869–72),Hornsea Pier (1880), Bournemouth Pier (1880), Plymouth Pier (1884) and Brighton Aquarium (1869–72)

All Photography Copyright © Justin Hill